We understand the importance of collaboration and knowledge sharing so we have established a number of growing networks to allow governors, trustees and clerks to share best practice and address the challenges that governing boards face. At these networks, we provide tailored information about guidance and ensure your views are heard, which in turn plays an integral part in informing our work at NGA.
Our Clerks Advisory Group plays a valuable role in representing clerks and is a forum for clerks to raise issues, share best practice and exchange information. Due to popular demand of the forum, we held our first national clerks’ conference in Birmingham in 2017; and was repeated in 2018 bigger and better. Due to a high level of interest, future events have been planned.
We still see many new and developing MATs continuing to face the same challenges that their predecessors had, and the network allows us and successful Community MATs to share experiences and demonstrate the standard of governance necessary and the variety of possible models. The network has also continued to be an invaluable resource adding to our own bank of intelligence on the kind of MATs that are often most misunderstood, with the national and regional focus too often being placed on large MATs and those expanding rapidly, despite the majority of MATs fitting within the Community MAT bracket.
SEND Advisory Group
The SEND advisory group provides an opportunity for those governing to network, exchange information and good practice. It also provides a platform to discuss issues relating to special provision, meeting the needs of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and current policy in this area.
In response to our concerns about the age profile of those governing, we piloted the Young Governors’ Network. Membership of the network is now approaching 200 governors and trustees aged under 40. The Young Governors’ Network is an opportunity to share experiences and improve their own practice. Many members tell us they value the opportunity to speak about governance with similar people. After a successful pilot, we are now looking at extending the network meetings to other regions in England by providing online opportunities to get involved.