NGA Member Newsletter

Last newsletter of 2019 and looking forward to 2020

This is the last newsletter of 2019 and NGA would like to wish all its members’ festive greetings and say a huge thank you for all the hard work over the past 12 months and beyond.

Next week, instead of the NGA newsletter, NGA’s chief executive Emma Knights will be reflecting on the past year and thinking about the year ahead in a Christmas blog before the festivities get underway.

Based on feedback in the NGA members’ survey, NGA is planning some exciting changes to the newsletter in 2020 and we look forward to sharing these with you in the New Year. The newsletter will be back on Friday 10 January 2020.

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Conservatives win election: Reminder of education election promises

In the wake of yesterday’s general election results, NGA members are reminded of the education pledges made by the Conservative party as part of their campaign and to reemphasise the twelve asks for the new government as part of NGA’s manifesto.

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New Edition of Welcome to Governance available

NGA is pleased to announce that the latest edition of its induction guide Welcome to Governance is now available

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How NGA can support governors and trustees around Ofsted

NGA continues to support governors and trustees and work with Ofsted around the new Ofsted inspection framework. Members can find details on guidance, e-learning and research aimed at ensuring that governance remains a prominent element in the Ofsted inspection process.

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NGA launch brand new website

As you are aware, we have been busy upgrading the website over the last few months and it is now officially live. Along with a fresh new look, we’ve made using the site easier so that you can access all of the latest and most authoritative governance information available.

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Update from Emma Knights: influencing education policy

All of us at Governor HQ work hard to promote the interests of the school governance community and amplify the voice of those governing at a national level. We also bring governance expertise, evidence and perspective to many education policy discussions where it might otherwise be missing. This new monthly update is not just to keep members informed of topical issues but also to give you another opportunity to tell us what you know or would like to see.

Our relationship and regular dialogue with colleagues in the Department for Education (DfE) governance team helps ensure that the experiences and concerns of our members are reflected in a number of areas, such as the design of communications and guidance, system leadership, governor and trustee workload and governance in MATS. As a result of our relationship with the DfE they are attending our annual clerks conference on 2 March to gain valuable insight from those attending and discuss the support and professional development required in order to make clerking more consistently effective.

Last month I attended the launch of Ofsted’s annual report, where I not only heard with interest from HMCI Amanda Spielman about the activity of Ofsted over the past year and her current priorities, but also obtained a commitment from Ofsted to work with NGA on their research and review of the new education inspection framework. We continue to monitor governing boards’ experiences of inspection and will be publishing a report with recommendations for some change next month.

I am a member of the Department for Education’s headteacher standards review group which is doing what it says on the tin. As part of that work, NGA organised consultation groups with governors and trustees in London and Birmingham for the DfE to hear their views on the proposed changes, currently still confidential. This input will help shape the final version of the standards which will require Government ministers to sign off.

Steve Edmonds, our director of advice and guidance, participated in Education Support and National Association of Headteachers’ (NAHT’s) roundtable on managing the mental health and wellbeing of school leaders and staff during these compulsory changes. Governing boards will have an instrumental role to play in the new Relationships and Sex Education curriculum, especially in engaging with parents.

We have also responded to the consultation by the School Teachers' Review Body (STRB) on teacher and leaders pay. This year policy on remuneration is higher profile than ever. We expect most NGA members would welcome, as we did, the Government’s intention to increase teacher’s starting pay to £30,000 a year nationally by 2022, but might be wondering about affordability and the knock-on effect for more experienced teachers. The governing board’s role in overseeing the school/trust’s budget may be in sharp relief with the role as the employer of staff in many schools. We would very much welcome views on this; this is only the first step in a significant consultation process.

I was also pleased to represent the governance perspective in the Youth Sports Trust consultation about wellness in schools, and to attend a meeting of NAHT’s School Improvement Commission which is considering how schools can be best supported to improve.

If you have views on any of these issues, please email me at