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Governance expert retainer

NGA can arrange for a governance consultant to provide regular advice and support to your board throughout the year. The nature of the support will be agreed in advance, with the option to extend the scope of the provision and the time allowance. 

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This service has, for example, been commissioned by boards which:

  • have a new chair with little experience of the education sector who wants to learn fast
  • are in crisis and in need of rapid change and development
  • want to make a step change in their practice, such as changing their scheme of delegation, and need short-term support to expedite this
  • are responding to a negative Ofsted judgement and are required to make significant changes

The service provided will be bespoke to your school or trust’s context and circumstances. It includes:

  • the services of a named governance expert consultant for an extended period such as one year, with the option of extending the service on an annual basis
  • the promise that the consultant’s knowledge and experience will be matched to your school or trust’s needs
  • the opportunity to access the type of support you need when you need it – for instance, advice on strategy development, delegation or committee structures, coaching for leadership or difficult conversations, and guidance on matters of compliance
  • challenging and constructive support that recognises your board’s development journey
  • a minimum commitment of a number of hours per month of dedicated time, extended on an hourly or day-rate basis depending on your needs
  • access to NGA’s other services such as the GOLDline advice service for legal and technical matters, face-to-face or virtual face-to-face training on specific topics, and external reviews of governance, all of which would be negotiated on a case-by-case basis
  • Face-to-face and, or remote support

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