Welcome to Governance

A guide for new governos and trustees of single schools 

The 2017-18 edition of our best-selling induction guide Welcome to Governance is available to purchase.

Welcome to Governance - A guide for new governors and trustees of single schools

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. Chapters explore:

  • Knowing your school – education,data and improvement
  • Introduction to governing
  • Education overview and national school context
  • Vision and strategy
  • Effective governance
  • Knowing your school – finance and staffing
  • Holding the school to account
  • Pupils and parents
  • Glossary
  • And 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).

Lord Nash, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System, praised Welcome to Governance:

'High calibre governors who understand and carry out their role confidently are a huge asset to a school. I would encourage every governor, especially those new to the role, to make the most of the resources and guidance available to develop their knowledge and skills. NGA’s Welcome to Governance continues to be a valuable resource for thousands of new governors.'

  • 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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Welcome to Governance resources 

The pages below contain links to the resources referred to in the 9th 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