Awards for Outstanding Governance Open!


Nominations are now open for NGA’s Awards for Outstanding Governance. These national awards, supported by the Department for Education, are presented every two years to a governing board and clerk that have made an outstanding contribution to the education of children and young people in their schools. We are calling for nominations from all schools across the country, be they academies, federations, LA maintained schools, multi-academy trusts, free schools, or any other government-funded school. Help us to celebrate the important contribution that governors, trustees and clerks make to education. Anyone can submit a nomination – you don’t even need to be a member of NGA to nominate or be nominated!

For the Outstanding Governing Board Award, we are looking for a board that has demonstrated the three core functions of governance:

  • Setting the vision, ethos, and strategic direction of the school
  • Holding the headteacher to account, and strengthening and challenging their leadership
  • Ensuring finances are managed well.

As well as this, we want to see who has gone above and beyond these key expectations. It might be that the governing board has successfully faced challenging circumstances, led a specific change that has had a strong impact on the school, or contributed to the improvement of the local area through supporting other schools, led the way with pioneering techniques, or just slowly and steadily used their strategic functions to continuously improve the school. Whatever the success, we want to hear about it. This award is open to governing boards in England only.

In addition to the Outstanding Governing Board Award, we are recognising the vital contribution that a good clerk makes with our Outstanding Clerk Award. We are teaming up again with Governors Wales to give you the chance to nominate your clerk. Clerks play a crucial role in supporting governing boards. They need detailed knowledge of the law that applies to governing boards; the organisational skills to meet deadlines and prepare meetings; the ability to be impartial and confidential; and the listening, communication and literacy skills to keep accurate records.

If your clerk demonstrates the competencies of a good clerk and has made a significant contribution to the work of the board, please nominate them. Help us NGA celebrate and raise the profile of good clerking.

NGA welcomes Academies Week as our media partner for these awards. Academies week

You can download the nomination forms and find out more about the past winners on our Awards page