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The Chair's Handbook

Learn about the roles and responsibilities of the chair, important working relationships, and the skills required to keep the board focused on strategic functions.

The Chair's Handbook in situ

The Chair’s Handbook is essential reading for those leading and aspiring to lead governing boards and committees in all types of school structure, as well as other executive leaders working with the chair.

The handbook covers:

  • leading governance in schools
  • becoming the chair
  • leading and developing the team
  • how the chair works with with executive leaders
  • leading improvement
  • leading board business

If you're a chair with NGA Gold or MAT membership, you can receive a complimentary copy of this guide.


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Complimentary copies

  • NGA GOLD members: the chair of the governing board receives a free copy of this guide.
  • NGA MAT members: the trust board chair and academy committee (local governing body) chairs receive a free copy of this guide.

If you are yet to receive your free copy, ensure your address is up to date.

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Inside the guide

Each chapter contains practical advice and includes useful tips to help build confidence as chair, whatever your level of experience may be.

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  • “An excellent reference tool to make meetings and governance more productive and focused.”

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  • “It provided a source for referring to when I took up the Chair's position. It also introduced me to the skills audit. Both of these things have helped our governing body progress.”

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  • “I love the Handbook it really helps me to undertake the role as effectively as I can.”

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