NGA Manifesto and letter to the SoS


Today, NGA is launching its new manifesto in preparation for next year’s general election. The NGA aims to raise the standard of governance to ensure an excellent education for every child in England. To this end, we are calling for:

  1. The issue of school governance to be given greater prominence in central and local government policy making;
  2. Induction training to be provided free for all new school governors and trustees;
  3. The government to provide financial incentives both to encourage effective collaboration and to schools wishing to join together in LA maintained federations as well as multi-academy trusts;
  4. Funding to be distributed in an equitable, objective and transparent manner. Three-year indicative budgets should be introduced for both capital and revenue funding and the level of school funding increased;
  5. The supply of high-quality headteachers and teachers to be given more consideration centrally and for the government to take affirmative action to prevent a serious staffing shortage;
  6. The promotion of professional governing board clerks;
  7. A reduction in the number of new initiatives from central government and a period of relative stability to allow schools to continue to improve.

Since our 2010 manifesto was published, the profile of school governance has been raised. Not only is it  higher on the political agenda, it is more of a priority for professional school leaders, in part because of closer scrutiny of governance by Ofsted inspectors. However, we want to raise the profile even further, in part to encourage people to volunteer for this highly responsible role. We do still have some way to go before all communications from the Department for Education recognise and respect the role of the governing board.
On the morning of the launch of the Inspiring Governors Alliance last week, we predicted the contribution from the Secretary of State for Education; however Michael Gove chose to use words of his own which were widely reported in part and caused much comment from governors across England who felt that they unfairly characterised governing body practice. NGA has therefore today sent the attached letter to the Secretary of State to ask him to publicly correct the impression he may have inadvertently given.

The NGA Manifesto
Letter to the Secretary of State