Release date: 31/08/2016

Awards for Outstanding Governance 2017

2017 Outstanding Governance Awards

The awards celebrate the unique and inspiring contribution that school
governors, trustees and clerks make every single day in schools around
the country.

Nominations for 2017 are now closed 

What supporting information do I need to provide? A handy reminder.

We want to hear about the governing boards that have pulled together to
make a real difference for children and young people and the clerks who
have helped them do so. We want to hear about your journeys of
improvement, about the challenges overcome and the innovations you’ve
made along the way. We want to hear about how you’ve supported each
other, engaged with your communities and spread good practice in your
area and further afield.   

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New categories

This year we have four categories:

  • outstanding governing board in a single school
  • outstanding governing board in a multi academy trust or federation
  • outstanding vision and strategy
  • outstanding clerk

We now have two awards for outstanding governance in recognition of the
fact that governing a group of schools is a different undertaking to governing
a single school. Both have their own challenges and rewards. These awards
recognise improvement, commitment, skill, sustainability and teamwork
as well as carrying out the three core functions of governing boards.

We are also introducing a new accolade for outstanding vision and strategy. 
This is one area where governing boards tell us they excel and so building 
on our Growing Governance campaign, we want to celebrate boards that have a
unique and inspiring vision and a methodical approach to making progress towards
achieving it.

For over a decade we have celebrated clerking as the essential component
to effective governance, requiring excellent organisational skills, scrupulous
attention to detail and the ability to provide advice and guidance to governing boards.

Who can enter?

Entry is free. The awards are open to governing boards in all state-funded
schools, including academies and free schools. Our clerk award is open to
all those clerking in state-funded schools.  Anyone can self-nominate and
we hope that you do, because celebrating examples of good governance
raises the profile and recognition of volunteers and increases understanding
about the challenges they face.

All entries will be evaluated by NGA judges who will compile a shortlist.
A carefully selected panel of governance experts will visit each shortlisted
entry for an interview in spring 2017. Our judges will meet to deliberate
and select a winner from each category.


The winners for all award categories will be announced at a prestigious ceremony
in May 2017 and receive certificates and trophies. In previous years the awards
have been held at the House of Commons, presented by shadow secretary of state for
education, Tristram Hunt, and Lord Nash, under-secretary of state for schools.
As well as certificates and trophies, our 2017 winners will be given a year’s free NGA
membership and receive electronic logos for school literature and websites.

Read about the 2015 winners

“I think governors and trustees are too often the unsung heroes of the
education system which is why these awards, celebrating such success in
governance, are so important.” Lord Nash, Under Secretary of State for Schools

Churchill Community College Winners


“The winner of the outstanding governance award, Churchill Community College, progressed from ‘satisfactory’ to ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’ and is now a teaching school. The governing board’s breadth of experience and skills is wide ranging and their expertise has enabled them to challenge leaders well, holding them to account for the progress made by all. We were very impressed by the way this governing board interacts with its students and gives them the opportunity to share their feedback so that governors have a clear picture of how students feel about their learning experience.”

“Joint winners of the clerking award, David and Sally, are at the heart of the strategic team that drives and leads governance, working alongside the chair and headteacher. This collaborative approach to leadership and governance has enabled them to create, embed and manage effective and robust rigorous systems and processes for managing effective governance in their schools.”

Enter the awards 

Closing date: 01 December 2016

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