01 May Why should school governors be members of the NGA?
The National Governors’ Association is the only independent representative body for schools governors from all state funded schools (LA maintained schools and academies) in England. It supports local governor associations and governing bodies, lobbies ministers and policy makers on all policies that impact schools and offers high-quality guidance, information, conferences and advice for governors and governance professionals.
Governors can join the NGA as individuals or as members of a government maintained governing body; this includes academies, free schools and city technology colleges. Local governor associations may also join the NGA. Local authorities, education organisations and education businesses can also support the work of the NGA as corporate partners.
By joining the NGA you receive a range of excellent benefits that will help you and your Governing Body to stay up to date, share best practice and be supported in your role as a governor.
The NGA website: Their website is the information source for governors, with a public section containing general information and events, plus a members’ area where you can find detailed up-to-date guidance, an education glossary for governors, research of interest to governors, information about their links with other education organisations, reports on ministerial lobbying and analysis of government initiatives.
NGA Magazine: The NGA magazine ‘Governing Matters‘ is a high quality colour magazine written by and for governors, and published six times a year, offering thought provoking articles on all aspects of education and governance. The only way to receive Governing Matters is to become a member of the NGA.
NGA Newsletter: The NGA weekly e-newsletter is an essential briefing document for any governor or governor support officer. The newsletter gives details of new research, government consultation papers, policy announcements, legislation, together with a summary of recent education stories in the media.
NGA Guidance Documents: Detailed information summaries on a wide range of school governance issues, including: finance and staffing, school structures, school improvement, being a governor and teaching and learning. You can also find individual articles from Governing Matters in relevant sections of guidance.
NGA Guides: The NGA has produced two guides which together offer a comprehensive resource for governing bodies, covering induction to the governing body and to the role of the chair. NGA members receive a generous discount off both these publications. For more information click here.
NGA conferences: The NGA runs national conferences, and a number of regional events. Being a member of the NGA will entitle you or your governing body to a certain number of free places at NGA events; how many will depend on your membership type. The conferences draw high profile speakers – including ministers – and have focussed on a whole series of key issues facing governing bodies, including: head teacher recruitment, extended schools, workforce remodelling and pupil assessment.
Gold Membership: Additional services are available for those taking up Gold Membership; these include discounted insurance, legal support and a free advice line.
To join the NGA or find out more about membership benefits, click here.