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.
Through its regular meetings the Clerks’ Network serves to provide clerks and governance professionals with an opportunity to share their experiences, good practice and reflect on their contribution to effective governance. Additionally, it provides a sounding board for clerks and governance professionals to influence the Clerking Matters Campaign as well as NGA’s content and services for clerks and governance professionals.
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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 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.
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NGA’s diversity and equality group advises us on the role of governing boards in this arena from improving board diversity and determining values and culture to recruitment of senior leaders and the oversight of the curriculum.
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The SEND Network 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.
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The Young Governors’ Network (YGN) aims to support and encourage those aged under 40 to govern in schools and academy trusts by allowing them to share their experiences, address the challenges they face and create sustainable connections amongst current and prospective governors and trustees. YGN is member-led: created and run by those governing with support from the National Governance Association. It is a community of engaged, enthusiastic, creative and questioning young people committed to improving schools and trusts.
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