Arts and cultural education eLearning module launched to support school governors and trustees

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Cultural education is an essential part of a broad and balanced curriculum, and to inform and empower those involved in school governance on how arts and cultural education can be used for school improvement and enhancing the school curriculum, NGA has collaborated with Arts Council England to develop an eLearning module.


Emma Knights gives annual address at NGA annual conference

Saturday, 17 November 2018

NGA's chief executive Emma Knights delivers the annual address at our annual conference. (This may not appear exactly as delivered.)


Growing school governance: NGA unveils annual report of achievements in 2018

Saturday, 17 November 2018

At its annual conference and AGM today (18 November), the National Governance Association (NGA) launched its annual report of achievements charting how it has driven effective school governance from system level to individual board level in 2018.


DfE announce new school improvement offer

Friday, 09 November 2018

NGA responds to the announcement of a new school improvement offer from the Department for Education (DfE) for this school year.


NGA supports DfE recommendations for governing boards on teacher workload

Monday, 05 November 2018

Teacher workload has been a major issue in the education sector for some time. To help address this challenge, the report of the Department for Education’s Workload Advisory Group has today (5 November) been published, alongside a letter from the Secretary of State for Education accepting all of the report’s recommendations and committing to take action. Amongst other areas, the report makes recommendations for governing boards and in support of these recommendations, NGA has co-signed the secretary of state’s letter to school leaders to encourage and support them in adopting the recommendations in their own context.


New edition of The Chair's Handbook published

Friday, 02 November 2018

Now in its seventh edition, The Chair’s Handbook – written by the National Governance Association and published today – is a valuable resource for current and new chairs alike. The role of the chair of a governing board in a state-funded school in England should be viewed in the same light as that of the chair of the board in any other sector, and this guide draws on practice from across a range of sectors to apply to governing boards of all schools and trusts, from the smallest to the biggest.


NGA responds to Budget 2018

Monday, 29 October 2018

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has today (29 October) set out the budget 2018, including announcing a one-off in-year bonus of £400m capital payment to help schools to "buy the little extras that they need" - this equates to around £10,000 per primary school and £50,000 per secondary school.


Raise the Rate: NGA supports campaign for increased sixth-form funding

Thursday, 25 October 2018

NGA is one of twelve organisations supportnig the Raise the Rate campaign that have jointly written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer urging the government to “address the funding crisis in 16 to 18 education.”


Directors encouraged to learn about the benefits of school governance in new report

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

The Institute of Directors has today (24 October) released a report exploring the common challenges facing school governors and company directors.


NGA urges the Chancellor to make urgent investment in the education of young people

Monday, 22 October 2018

Writing to the Chancellor of the Exchequer today (22 October), NGA has urged the government to make an urgent investment in the education of children and young people in the upcoming autumn budget. The letter comes a month after the publication of NGA's School Governance in 2018 report which evidences that school governors and trustees, the volunteers responsible for the financial oversight of their schools and academy trusts, are finding it increasingly difficult to manage funding pressures without negatively impacting pupils’ education.


Appealing exclusions: time for a review?

Friday, 12 October 2018

As part of the Timpson review NGA has proposed that it is time for an informed review of the appeal system for exclusion decisions. Changes were last made in 2012 and since there has been no review of whether the system is fit for purpose. NGA is suggesting that the review stage by panels of school governing boards may not be serving a useful purpose and that the process should include an appeal stage, entirely independent of the institution that made the decision to include the pupil.


Everyone on Board: NGA gives support to the DfE’s intent to improve the diversity of the teaching workforce

Thursday, 11 October 2018

In support of our campaign to improve the proportion of people from ethnic minorities involved in school governance, NGA are delighted to be one of ten education organisations to be signatories to the Department of Education’s (DfE) ‘statement of intent’ on the diversity of the teaching workforce.