Release date: 05/05/2016

The National Governors' Association has once again joined forces with Times Educational Supplement (TES) to survey the nation’s governors and trustees. Over 5800 governors and trustees told us what they think last year, and this year we’re hoping to hear from even more of you.

TES and NGA governance survey

The survey is open to all governors and trustees in England, including headteachers. It aims to assess the impact of government policies on schools and academies, as well as getting a picture of governance practice across the country. 

Findings from the survey are invaluable to NGA’s work lobbying the government on key governance issues. They’re also used to inform our other work and guidance to support governing boards across the country.

Some examples of how we used last year’s survey data to lobby the government include:

  • Quoting data about headteacher and teacher recruitment in our evidence to the Education Select Committee’s inquiry into teacher supply.
  • Quoting data about governing board size, mandatory induction training, skills audits, and governor recruitment in our response to the Department for Education’s paper on the constitutions of maintained school governing bodies.
  • Quoting data about headteacher recruitment, skills audits, and paying governors and trustees in our response to Ofsted’s call for evidence on governance.

You don’t have to be a member of the NGA to take the survey. Results will be reported in TES and the September/October edition of NGA's magazine, Governing Matters.

Take the survey here: and help us spread the word on Twitter.

Please note: Although this survey is aimed at governors and trustees, we need clerks to pass the word on to governing boards. Clerks can also share their views in our clerks’ pay and employment survey.

Closing date: Monday 20 June

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