NGA secure DfE contract to deliver development programmes for chairs, clerks and boards

16/01/2018

To improve the effectiveness of governing boards of schools in England, the Department for Education (DfE) has appointed National Governance Association (NGA) to deliver three Governance Leadership Development and Clerking Development programmes running initially until 2020.

These are:

  • Leading Governance Development for Chairs
  • Leading Governance Development for Clerks
  • Leading Governance Development  for Boards


The programmes will combine mentoring, face to face sessions, school based projects and e-learning. NGA’s large network of local partners and national partners including the Association of School and College Leaders and ICSA: The Governance Institute will direct chairs and clerks to the Leading Governance programmes.

Since beginning delivery of consultancy and training services to governors and trustees in 2013, NGA has worked with over 5,000 clients, has developed online assessment tools, and offers in-depth e-learning through Learning Link. The Leading Governance partnership, of which NGA was a founder member, has been delivering the previous DfE licensed programmes for five years and grew to be the largest and most successful licensee. NGA was the only licensee with a track record to be awarded one of the new leadership contracts.

Heidi Copland, Business Development Director at National Governance Association, said: “As a leading provider of governance training, we have a strong track record of delivering high-quality training and consultancy to schools across England. Our Leading Governance programmes are built on our expert knowledge and experience of what works best. Being the national lead for a network of local partners will ensure hundreds of governors, trustees and clerks are able to access high-quality training.”

Emma Knights, chief executive at National Governance Association, said: “I am delighted that NGA has been chosen to deliver the DfE’s governance training. High-quality training for governors and trustees is essential to our mission of promoting outstanding governance in schools. Members tell us that they value training which improves their confidence and effectiveness, and so we know that our Leading Governance programmes will have a real impact in improving the educational standards and wellbeing of children.”

Malcolm Trobe, Deputy General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “Good governance is vital to schools and colleges, so access to high-quality training is very important. We are therefore delighted that the NGA will be delivering governance development programmes to chairs, future chairs and clerks, and we would encourage school and college leaders to promote these programmes to their governors. We are also pleased that the NGA is working with ASCL Professional Development on the governance element of our National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership programme, which starts at the end of February.”

Simon Osborne, chief executive at ICSA: The Governance Institute, said: “As the leading UK authority on governance, the professionalisation of maintained school and academy clerks is something that we are extremely keen to support. Academy trusts are growing in number year by year and it is essential that properly qualified governance professionals are in place to support and protect the essential work of our schools in improving children’s life chances.”

You can find out more about NGA Leading Governance here.

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