Release date: 29/04/2020

NGA is exploring the short-term and long-term impacts of COVID-19 and its implications on governing boards and their school/trust through joint research with Ofsted.

In this complementary piece of work to the annual school governance survey, conversations with governors and trustees will provide more detail on how governing boards are continuing to support and challenge schools during these difficult times, how their priorities have changed and how they are thinking about and preparing for the issues they may need to address when schools begin to reopen. It aims to extend the understanding of the role of governance during this period and help schools and trusts be better prepared for the future challenges.

Experiences emerging from focus groups will shape the understanding of how governing boards have responded to the pandemic and this will inform the guidance and future practice of NGA, Ofsted and the wider education sector.

Emma Knights, chief executive of the National Governance Association said: "Now more than ever NGA needs to hear from the governance community and be guided by you. Working with Ofsted enables us to carry out this research faster and at a larger scale than would normally be possible for us; while inspections are paused, they have generously offered time to this joint project. We understand that everyone will be experiencing this period differently – both personally and with their school – so I very much hope that, even if it is not possible or appropriate for you to take part, you will agree it is important that these stories are told and your knowledge used to good effect. Thank you to those of you who are able to volunteer but also to you all for what you are doing to support your schools at this time."

We are no longer asking for participants for this study. If you have offered to participate and are selected, we will contact you in the coming weeks with further information about taking part.

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