Welcome to Governance

A guide for new governors and trustees of single schools 

The 2018-19 edition of our best-selling induction guide Welcome to Governance is available to purchase.

Welcome to Governance10th edition

Welcome to Governance contains everything new governors, trustees and academy committee members need to know about their roles, and covers both LA maintained schools and academies. 

This new edition of Welcome to Governance has been updated to include the most recent changes impacting the work of governing boards including:

  • Education overview – we bring you the latest developments from across the education sector 
  • Role and composition of the governing board – updates on governing board best practice and changes to legislation and central guidance  
  • Data – In July 2017, the Department for Education (DfE) replaced its longstanding data service, RAISEonline, with Analyse School Performance (ASP). This edition gives those governing key information on the new service
  • Assessment and curriculum – the most recent changes in both primary and secondary curriculum, assessment and statutory testing
  • Data protection – this edition covers the role of governing boards in relation to the new General Data Protection Regulation
  • School finance – a detailed and refreshed overview of school funding including the types and levels of funding and school financial management   
  • Coasting schools – an updated overview of what it means to be coasting
  • Ofsted – A refreshed section on Ofsted incorporating changes to short inspections for good schools
  • Pupils and parents – following changes to the government’s exclusion guidance
  • An updated model governor role description
  • An updated Glossary    

Plus much more!

Who is this guide for?

Welcome to Governance is an induction guide for new school governors, trustees of standalone academies and those governing at academy committee level in a multi academy trust (MAT).
"Welcome to Governance is an invaluable and comprehensive companion for anyone playing an important governance role within our school system." Andy Buck, Managing Director #honk, Founding Director Leadership Matters.


  • Members: £6
  • Non-members: £12 (if you're not a currently a member and would like to be, find out more about our membership options available to you.)
  • If your school is a GOLD member, new governors/trustees will receive a free copy. 

Purchase your copy 

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  • For bulk discounts (over 15 copies) please call the office on 0121 237 3780, or email admin@nga.org.uk.

Welcome to Governance resources 

The pages below contain links to the resources referred to in the 10th edition of Welcome to Governance. Please note that some resources are only available to NGA members. To join NGA, find out more about our membership options