NGA podcasts

NGA continues to support governing boards through its series of podcasts.

You can find details of our latest podcasts below. All of our podcasts will be available to listen to on this page.

New podcasts

Episode 6: Leading during Covid



Schools are open and children in the main are returning to school thanks to the efforts of senior leaders, staff and governors. It has been a remarkable effort to get everything ready.  

That effort can come at a cost and today we want to focus on leadership, the headline findings from our latest annual governance survey on leadership as well as the recruitment, well-being, appraisal and development of leaders.

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Previous podcasts

Episode 5: New academic year - Ready to go?

Governing chatters episode 5

As we start a new academic year, schools returning fully for the first time since lockdown, we look at some of things NGA has been up to during August. 

Emma Knights OBE, NGA Chief Executive, Sam Henson, NGA Director of Policy and information , Emma Balchin, NGA Director of Professional Development look at the Annual Governance Survey, Skills Audits and Board reflection as well as the implications of the student grade decisions made during August. 

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Episode 4: Time to reflect?

Governing chatters episode 4

Well, that has been a busy summer term, it has been testament to the strength of boards and senior leadership along with their staff that we have come through the lockdown the way we have.

August is a chance for us all to take stock of where we are,  look ahead to the new academic year and look at the big strategic issues we face.

Listen to episode 4

Episode 3: Planning ahead - what does September look like?

Governing chatters episode 3

Join Emma Knights OBE, NGA Chief Executive, Sam Henson, NGA Director of Policy and information , Emma Balchin, NGA Director of Professional Development and Steve Edmonds, NGA Director of Advice and Guidance as they discuss the latest policy announcements from DfE and they make sense of where we are now. We explore the key issues in planning for the September return to school, catch up money and how and what you should be focussed on monitoring if you can’t visit your school. 

Listen to episode 3


Episode 2: Examining the new Ofsted inspection framework

Governing chatters episode 2

Join us as Emma Knights OBE , NGA Chief Executive, explores NGA’s latest report into the new Education Inspection Framework with Sam Henson, NGA Director of Policy and information and Nina Sharma, NGA Policy and Information Officer. We outline our findings into the impact of the new framework on governors, outline what has improved and what could be improved to support governors and trustees.

Listen to episode 2 

Episode 1: Governing through COVID-19

Governing chatters episode 1

Listen to our monthly update on the latest school governance issue. In this episode Emma Knights OBE, NGA Chief Executive, is joined by Steve Edmonds, NGA Director of Advice and Guidance and Emma Balchin, NGA Director of Professional Development to discuss the challenges faced by schools during the COVID-19 lockdown and how NGA has supported all schools. We explore the role CPD can play on the lockdown and we also look ahead to our next podcast covering our report into the new Ofsted inspection framework.

Listen to episode 1

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