62% of school and academy trust governing boards now engage with the National Governance Association’s membership or e-learning services, according to the charity’s annual report of achievements released today (16 November).
As the expert organisation for school and academy governance, NGA influences both the practice of individual governing boards and education policy. This year’s achievements included the first collective action by governors and trustees through the Funding the Future campaign and influencing the new Ofsted education inspection framework through a “thoughtful and comprehensive” consultation response.
NGA now counts over 40% of governing boards of state-funded schools in England in its membership, and 86% of members agree that membership has a positive impact on the effectiveness of their governing board.
Other highlights from NGA’s guidance, campaigns and research include:
- Moving MATs forward: the power of governance report which identifies eleven challenges facing MAT governance, along with research on the time it takes to chair a multi academy trust, and sector-leading guidance clarifying the role of members in academy trusts.
- Educators on Board – a campaign supported by leading education sector organisations to encourage more education professionals to join another governing board.
- Over 170 schools and trusts becoming pathfinders for the Framework for Ethical Leadership in Education resources.
Delivering high-quality development opportunities for governors, trustees and clerks helps to improve the effectiveness of school governance. The report reveals that over 1,100 chairs of governing boards and professional clerks are now completing the funded Leading Governance programmes, of which NGA’s offer is the largest of the six funded by the Department for Education.
Read the annual report of achievements