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A headteacher's position on a maintained school's governing body is described as ex officio - meaning that s/he has that position due to the leadership role s/he occupies. Most governors would probably say that having their headteacher on their board is invaluable, as we can get insights and...

Debra Kidd looks at issues governors should consider if parents from their school wish to boycott SATs test by withdrawing their children from the test....

Eylan Ezekiel describes how the governing body at Larkrise Primary School has started to explore using Office 365 to support its work with school staff....

Ben Archibald, vice-chair at a school in Kent, looks at how spending time in one's school can make the sometimes abstract process of governance more real....

NLG Ruth Agnew reflects on stepping down from being Chair of Governors after a long time in the role and the issues around succession in governance....

Professor John Howson explores some issues raised by the DfE's brief consultation period on the schools' national funding formula, aka "fairer funding"....

With the recruitment process for the next head of Ofsted rumoured to be looking to the US, Dr Jacqueline Baxter asks what the role of the inspectorate is....

NLG Martin Matthews shares his thoughts on the future of multi-academy trusts - how a MATs might be established, run and made accountable in the future....

The Secret NLG ponders the recent decision of a large Multi-Academy Trust to replace its Local Governing Bodies (LGBs) with "ambassadorial advisory bodies"....