Skip to content

Welcome to Governance

A guide for those new to school governance, and those who wish to refresh their knowledge of key roles, responsibilities and good practice.

publications welcome to governance guide

Welcome to Governance is an induction guide for those governing at a local authority maintained school, single academy trust or at an academy within a multi academy trust (MAT).

MAT trustees should refer to Governing a Multi Academy Trust.

The guide is essential reading for anyone seeking a clear and practical understanding of school governance. It can be used to support induction and as a reference guide.

The 14th edition of Welcome to Governance provides additional guidance for those governing at an academy within a MAT.

The guide covers:

  • the school system
  • the responsibilities of governing boards
  • how governing boards work, meetings and decision-making
  • being an effective governor or trustee
  • strategic direction
  • pupils and learning (new and extended guidance)
  • accountability for educational performance (new and extended guidance)
  • finance and resources
  • stakeholder engagement

Chapters one to four offer guidance before and during induction. Chapters five to 11 are most useful once the reader understands their school's strategy and current priorities.

Complimentary copies of this guide are available for eligible Gold and MAT members.


  • Payment by card offers the quickest delivery option.
  • If you choose to pay by invoice, an invoice will be emailed to you the next working day. The publication will be delivered to the address contained in your order only after payment has been made.

Place your order

Your price:
For a more accurate pricing

All prices

Complimentary copies

  • NGA GOLD members: all governors and trustees who are new to governance receive a free copy of this guide.
  • NGA MAT members: all academy committee (local governing body) members who are new to governance also receive a free copy of this guide.

To receive your free copy, update your communication preferences (tick 'I am new to governance') and ensure your address is up to date.

Bulk discounts are available on large orders - contact us.

Inside the guide

Each chapter of Welcome to Governance covers a specific topic and contains important, entry-level information relating to key roles, responsibilities and good practice.

At the end of each chapter, three actions are suggested to embed learning and become effective in the role.

Preview the guide
  • "The quality of Welcome to Governance, Welcome to a MAT and The Chair's Handbook cannot be too highly recommended. They give an excellent grounding for those new in post and are continuing source of information over the years..."

    NGA member

    Related content