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NGA urges the Chancellor to make urgent investment in the education of young people

Monday, 22 October 2018

Writing to the Chancellor of the Exchequer today (22 October), NGA has urged the government to make an urgent investment in the education of children and young people in the upcoming autumn budget. The letter comes a month after the publication of NGA's School Governance in 2018 report which evidences that school governors and trustees, the volunteers responsible for the financial oversight of their schools and academy trusts, are finding it increasingly difficult to manage funding pressures without negatively impacting pupils’ education.


Appealing exclusions: time for a review?

Friday, 12 October 2018

As part of the Timpson review NGA has proposed that it is time for an informed review of the appeal system for exclusion decisions. Changes were last made in 2012 and since there has been no review of whether the system is fit for purpose. NGA is suggesting that the review stage by panels of school governing boards may not be serving a useful purpose and that the process should include an appeal stage, entirely independent of the institution that made the decision to include the pupil.


Everyone on Board: NGA gives support to the DfE’s intent to improve the diversity of the teaching workforce

Thursday, 11 October 2018

In support of our campaign to improve the proportion of people from ethnic minorities involved in school governance, NGA are delighted to be one of ten education organisations to be signatories to the Department of Education’s (DfE) ‘statement of intent’ on the diversity of the teaching workforce.


NGA comment on headteacher action on school funding

Friday, 28 September 2018

Today (28 September), over one thousand headteachers from state funded schools in England will take action on school funding by delivering a letter to the chancellor of the exchequer in London. The experiences of the majority of school governors and trustees in relation to funding support the view of headerteachers


Changes in the leadership team at NGA

Friday, 21 September 2018

We will be saying good-bye and thank you to Gillian Allcroft, NGA’s Deputy Chief Executive, just before Christmas.


Concerns of school governors and trustees revealed in annual school governance survey

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Funding, staff recruitment and the government’s performance on education are the major issues facing volunteers governing state-funded schools, according to School governance in 2018 – an annual survey by NGA and Tes. 5,218 school governors and trustees took part in the survey, which is the only large-scale research in to the views of the quarter of a million volunteers governing state-funded school in England. In the absence of official data, the report, which reflects the experiences of all types and phases of state-funded school across every region of England, gathers the views of those governing order to inform education policy and school governance practice.


Funding remains biggest challenge facing governors and trustees

Monday, 17 September 2018

Ahead of the publication of School governance in 2018 – an annual survey by NGA and Tes tomorrow (18 September), it will come as a surprise to few that 71% respondents said funding was the biggest issue facing the school they govern.


Guidance clarifying the role of members in academy trusts launched to improve governance practice

Friday, 07 September 2018

To clarify the role of members in both single and multi academy trusts, and to encourage trusts to improve their governance practice, the National Governance Association (NGA) has produced new guidance that describes members as “the guardians of the governance of the trust”.


Governing boards and clerks invited to enter national awards to recognise their achievements

Tuesday, 04 September 2018

School governing boards and clerks are set to gain recognition for their outstanding practice in the National Governance Association’s biennial Outstanding Governance Awards, which are once again open for nominations.


Forgotten children: NGA responds to Education Select Committee report on exclusions

Thursday, 26 July 2018

NGA responds to a critical report by the Education Select Committee on its inquiry into alternative provision and exclusions which raises concerns that government accountability policies have provided “no incentive to, or deterrent to not, retain pupils who could be classed as difficult or challenging” and that there appears to be a “lack of moral accountability on the part of many schools”.

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