NGA working with the Government to improve standards of school governance


NGA is working with the Department for Education, SGOSS, the Education and Employers Taskforce and the Confederation of British Industry to attract more volunteers to the role of school governor.

Emma Knights, Chief Executive of the National Governors’ Association, said, “Being a school governor is an important responsibility akin to being a non-executive director of a trust or company; indeed many of those governing in academies are now directors and Trustees.  Organisations with good governance do not fail and so we need to ensure that schools have the best governance possible. This starts with the recruitment of a group of diverse people who have the right skills and are committed to improving the education of children and young people. The NGA looks forward to responding to the Government’s consultation.”
Last week there has been media coverage about the shortage of governors, particularly in rural and deprived areas. NGA is aware that it is difficult to recruit governors with appropriate skills in certain areas, and welcomes a concerted campaign led by the Secretary of State to help solve this problem by raising the profile of school governance.

It is important that volunteers receive the support and induction they need to do this important and complex role.  NGA publishes the most widely used induction guide for governors Welcome to Governance.

“High calibre governors who understand and carry out their role confidently are a huge asset to a school. I would encourage every governor, especially those new to the role, to make the most of the resources and guidance available to develop their knowledge and skills. NGA’s Welcome to Governance continues to be a valuable resource for thousands of new governors”. - Lord Nash (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools).

You can find out more about becoming a school governor here

The Department for Education press release is here.
The consultation on proposed changes is here.

The new Departmental Advice on the Roles, Procedures and Allowances regulations 2013 is here.