The National Governance Association (NGA) are very pleased to be partnering the Academy magazine to produce their governance pages. One of the reasons NGA changed its name to the National Governance Association was that we wanted to recognise that not everyone now who governs a school is a governor and many of those now governing will be trustees or members of an academy committee. Our new name also recognises the role played by clerks, and we hope emphasises the expertise of NGA.
We remain the national voice of those governing in state schools whether maintained or academy and continue first and foremost to provide information tailored to all their specific needs. But governors are not the only ones who need to know about governance: we want to spread knowledge across the whole schools sector, including to improve senior leaders’ understanding. Academy executives sometimes do not have experience and knowledge of trust governance and it is critical they too understand what good look like. The opportunity to work in partnership with Academy Magazine allows us to spread the importance of good governance and good practice further afield.
NGA’s induction guides for multi academy trustees and our model schemes of delegation have shown us to be at the cutting edge of new models of governance. This was endorsed by Lord Nash when asked by the House of Commons Education Select Committee last term as to why the Department for Education had not published more on multi academy governance: he made it clear what NGA had produced “has been really helpful and really thorough…..The NGA has done some excellent work on this”.
Emma Knights, Chief Executive at the National Governance Association