An external review of governance (ERG) examines the board’s culture, structure and practice  based on the elements of effective governance outlined in the DfE’s Governance Handbook.

NGA has extensive experience of carrying out external reviews of governance  for maintained school governing bodies, academy trust boards and other organisations’ boards.

Why commission a review?

An effective external review of governance will monitor and improve the quality, performance, and impact of your board.

Reviewing board effectiveness is good practice and guidance can be found in both the DfE’s Governance Handbook and the Academy Trust Handbook. 

NGA recommends boards and senior leaders self-evaluate annually and undertake an external review every three years or:

  • before any significant change
  • when there is no previous history of board evaluation and so a starting point is required
  • when there is a new chair, new trustees or governors, or new leadership of the trust or school
  • when there are specific issues with standards, financial management or complaints

Approaches to board review 

  • A review by an experienced governance consultant is an independent and objective view of the board’s strengths and will provide clear recommendations for improvement

  • Between external reviews, NGA’s online self-evaluation for boards features key questions for governing boards to ask themselves and provides feedback with instantly generated reports

Commissioning an external review

To find out more about how NGA reviews can transform the effectiveness of your board, get in touch.

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