School effectiveness

Support from national associations and organisations

National College

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

For more details visit the National College website:

www.education.gov.uk/nationalcollege

Chairs of governors' leadership development programme

The national programme will develop chairs of governors as leaders, focusing on essential elements of being an effective chair.

For more details visit the National College website:

www.education.gov.uk/nationalcollege

Or Ealing CPD online: www.ealingcpd.org.uk

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.

For more details visit the National College website:

www.education.gov.uk/nationalcollege

Department for Education (DfE)

Statutory regulations, guidance and good practice information and documents for all aspects of governance.

For more details visit the DfE website on governance:

www.education.gov.uk/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.

For more details visit the Governor line website:

www.education.gov.uk/governorline

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 or visit the Governor Mark website at www.glmpartnership.org

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.

For more details please visit the Modern Governor website:

www.moderngovernor.com

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.

To join the NGA or to find out more about our membership benefits, please vist the NGA website www.nga.org.uk.

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. For more information on membership including a free trial, visit the The Key for school governors at:

https://schoolgovernors.thekeysupport.com/

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

Ealing has also negotiated an discounted rate with the NGA for 2012/13 (February start) and hope to continue to do so in following years.

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Last updated: 15 Mar 2017