School effectiveness

Support from national associations and organisations

National College

National College provideds Information, resources and support for chairs of governors including the national chairs development programme and national leaders of governance support

Chairs of governors' leadership development programme

The National College programme will develop chairs of governors as leaders, focusing on essential elements of being an effective chair. Visit Ealing CPD online

National leaders of governance

National leaders of governance (NLG) are highly effective chairs of governors, who use their skills and experience to support chairs of governors in other schools and academies.

Experienced chairs of governors with excellent leadership skills, and a proven track record of contributing to school improvement through the effective leadership of a governing board can apply to be an NLG.

Equally governing boards are able to apply for support from an NLG. Visit National College for Teaching and Leadership for further information.

Department for Education (DfE)

DfE provide statutory regulations, guidance and good practice information and documents for all aspects of governance.

Governor line

Governor line offers free, confidential advice, information and support to school governors, clerks and individuals directly involved in the governance of maintained schools, academies and free schools in England.

Governing board quality mark

Governor Mark is an National Governor Association approved quality standard for governing boards, which recognises that there are many approaches to achieving sustainable excellence in school governance within the leadership and management structure of the school.

Assessment against the criteria is externally verified.

The quality mark is a non-prescriptive framework, the principle of which are that:

  • The Quality Mark is a mechanism to achieve accreditation against an agreed quality standard and is not a training exercise.
  • The Quality Mark will remain active for a period of three years, after which a re-assessment will be required.
  • Governing boards may use the standards and framework as a gap analysis tool. Any training or support identified is a matter for each individual school.

For more information contact Newport Educational via email at: info@newporteducational.co.uk

Governor e-learning

Modern Governor is an e-learning website dedicated to governor issues.

E-learning lets school governors develop their skills online whenever and wherever they have an internet connection.

Learning modules are developed by subject experts and cover topics such as, Ofsted, health and safety and chairing governing board meetings available via membership wherever you have an internet connection.

National Governors Association (NGA)

The NGA is an independent charity that supports governing boards and lobby on behalf of governance issues.

Membership offers high-quality guidance, information, conferences and advice for governors and governance professionals.

Their range of communications includes a bi-monthly magazine governing matters, a weekly e-newsletter and regular events and conferences.

Visit NGA website to join or to find out more about membership benefits.

The Key for school governors

The Key for governors provides highly practical answers in response to questions on all aspects of school governance, a 24/7 helpdesk and support service.

Each answer received by governors is published as an article on the website.

Ealing annually negotiate a discounted membership rate for schools (April start) with The Key and/or Modern Governor.

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Last updated: 16 Jun 2017