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Each topic area includes resources, training, events and more to help NGA members develop effective governance practice.

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Promoting the welfare of children and young people

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Ofsted inspection

Understanding the inspection process

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Volunteer to govern

Become a governor or trustee

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Policies and procedures

Ensuring policy and practice is robust

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Supporting the effective functioning of the board

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Pupils and learning

Securing the best possible outcomes for pupils

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Helping new governors and trustees to be effective

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Attract new volunteers, run a successful recruitment process and create a diverse board

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Finance and resources

Overseeing financial performance and ensuring best use of resources

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Creating an inclusive culture that helps all pupils to succeed

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Visible Governance

Raising the profile of good governance in schools and trusts

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Greener Governance

Building school and trust environmental sustainability strategies

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Making schools and trusts happy and healthy environments

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Monitoring and outcomes

Reviewing progress against agreed strategic goals

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Governing board evaluation

Improving the quality and impact of governance

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Leading and developing the board

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Governing board roles

Understanding and fulfilling responsibilities

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Carrying out employer functions

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Strategic planning

Setting a strategy to achieve the vision

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Stakeholder engagement

Listening to the views of parents, pupils, staff and others

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Compliance and legislation

Fulfilling the board's legal duties

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Equality, diversity and inclusion

Creating an inclusive culture

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School structures

Exploring how the system works and evolves

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Educators on board

Increasing participation in school governance

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Disadvantage: widening the lens

Shining a light on pupil groups experincing educational disadvantage