Release date: 08/02/2016

New editions of our best-selling guides Welcome to Governance and The Chair’s Handbook are out now. 
Both guides have been updated to reflect changes in education policy and practice.

NGA The Chairs Handbook 5th Edition 2016  NGA Welcome to Governance 8th Edition 2016

The Chair’s Handbook

The Chair’s Handbook is the essential guide for chairs and aspiring chairs of governing boards.  As well as a basic introduction, this guide will help you develop your team of governors or trustees, work effectively with the headteacher and senior management team, lead the school toward improvement and manage the strategic business of the board. Seven packed chapters explore the challenges of being the chair and how to:

  • Ensure strategic focus
  • Lead and develop the team
  • Recruit a headteacher
  • Performance manage
  • Lead school improvement
  • Challenge and question
  • Leave the chair and succession planning

Welcome to Governance

Welcome to Governance is the most popular and widely purchased induction guide for new governors and trustees. The guide is an introduction to the roles and responsibilities of being a governor, and covers both maintained schools and academies.

“'High calibre governors who understand and carry out their role confidently are a huge asset to a school. I would encourage every governor, especially those new to the role, to make the most of the resources and guidance available to develop their knowledge and skills. NGA’s Welcome to Governance continues to be a valuable resource for thousands of new governors." - Lord Nash, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools

In this new edition we take you through the role responsibilities of being a governor and trustee. At the end of each chapter you can test your knowledge and understanding of information you have learned from Welcome to Governance.

Test your knowledge

Welcome to Governance has everything a new governor or trustee needs to know, including about:

  • Training
  • How much time to spend on governance
  • Preparing for meetings
  • Policy development
  • Knowing your school: pupils, parents and staff
  • Key partners
  • School improvement and understanding data
  • School funding
  • Curriculum and assessment
  • The composition of the board
  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)


Who are these guides for?

Quite simply, if you’re a school governor or trustee, headteacher or clerk to governors, these guides are essential reading. If you're an NGA member, take advantage of our 50% discount offer.  


Members: £5

Non-member: £10 (if you're not a currently a member but you'd like to be, find out more)

Buy copies online

Buying lots? If you order more than 15 copies, you can also take advantage of a bulk discount. 

Quantity              Discount
15-29 copies        5%
30-99 copies       10%
100-199 copies    15%
200-499 copies    20%
500 or more         25%


Contact the NGA office for more information or to place a bulk order.

T: 0121 237 3780


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