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Virtual governance

Our virtual governance guide contains advice for governing boards to consider their options and achieve effective remote governance.

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Virtual governance has become more established in recent years, with more governing boards holding meetings remotely and undertaking governing activities that would otherwise be carried out in person.

The potential benefits for boards implementing virtual governance routines include improved engagement, business continuity and the opportunity to recruit governors/trustees from further afield.

However, an overreliance on remote governance can impact working relationships and the board's connection with the school community. Therefore, NGA recommends that boards do not rely solely upon virtual means to govern, but discuss and reach a consensus on how to achieve the best solution.

Our virtual governance guide contains advice for governing boards to support these discussions and to achieve effective virtual governance.

The guide covers:

  • deciding when governance should be virtual
  • chairing remote meetings
  • advice for hybrid meetings
  • virtual school visits
  • virtual board recruitment opportunities
  • advice for clerks

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