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Stakeholder engagement

Stakeholder engagement: the fourth core function of governance

Decisions influenced by the views of stakeholders go a long way to ensuring our organisations are fulfilling their brief.


Meaningful engagement with stakeholders contributes powerfully and directly to providing enriching experiences and high-quality education for our children and young people. It also helps to ensure the experience is relevant to the real world that those children and young people will shortly explore as adults.

In this article, first featured in NGA’s Governing Matters membership magazine, Nina Sharma, Elizabeth Collin and Sabreen Marashli introduce stakeholder engagement as the fourth core function of governance.

The article covers the following themes:

  • evaluating how the board engages with parents
  • building a shared sense of ownership with staff
  • the value of pupil voice
  • methods of stakeholder engagement
  • post-pandemic dynamics

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