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Effective chairing – an introduction

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At a glance

Chairs have a critical role in governance. They are responsible for setting the school or trust’s vision, holding leaders to account and ensuring financial probity while effectively leading the board. Our training in effective chairing will support you in these areas, equipping you with the key skills to make a real impact.

This session will cover:

What makes an effective governing board?
The chair’s role in ensuring effectiveness
Specific responsibilities of the chair
Leading school or trust improvement
Developing and using your leadership qualities
Building an effective team
Fully bespoke

This session can be tailored to the circumstances of your school or trust.

2 hour session

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Who is this suitable for?

The session is suitable for the following and will be contextualised for each setting:

  • Chairs and future chairs of
    • maintained school governing bodies and committees
    • trust boards and committees
    • MAT academy committees (local governing body)

We would also recommend the attendance of:

  • the lead governance professional

This session can be tailored for a MAT to reflect its specific governance arrangements. It can also be tailored to focus on the role of chairs of the local academy committees (local governing body).

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What are the benefits?

At the end of this session, you will have a clear picture of the extent of the chair’s role, some of the common challenges it entails and how to overcome these challenges to build an effective governance team. Working with fellow chairs, you will also explore and start to plan strategies you can employ to perform effectively in the role.

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How will you learn?

  • This session can be delivered via face-to-face or online workshop
  • It will be facilitated by a quality-assured NGA consultant with relevant governance and training expertise
  • The session will be interactive with a mixture of participant activities and facilitator-led explanation and discussion
  • It will be supported with session materials including a resource toolkit to help with next steps
  • "The NGA is often held up as the gold standard in governance so it was brilliant to have the benefit of the tutor’s calm wisdom, knowledge and experience on chairing."


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    This training is designed for a group of participants at a school, trust or other organisation.

    It is also suitable for a group of schools to share.

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