NGA urges teachers to take on governance roles in other schools


Primary teachers and secondary teachers can enhance their professional development by taking on governor roles in other schools, according to the National Governance Association.

In conjunction with Inspiring Governance, the NGA is looking to encourage more school staff to look at roles on the boards of academy trusts and additional schools.

Doing so can provide “enormous professional development benefits” it is claimed, as teachers are exposed to strategic leadership, finance and other resource issues.

Education secretary Damian Hinds has regularly called for more professionals to provide their skills and experience to enhance the education system by joining school boards.

Meanwhile, the government has committed to doubling a £3 million funding pot for governor training and development, which will be available until 2021.

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), the Independent Schools Council, Teach First and the Ambition Institute have all backed the NGA campaign.

This comes in spite of recognition that such moves into governance will increase the workload for teachers, as it is suggested that the personal development benefits make it worthwhile.

NGA chief executive Emma Knights said that governing boards need the “right people around the table”, which means finding people with adequate knowledge and expertise.

“Boards, as the employer, can create a culture that enables staff in their school to go out and govern – they can bring back practice from other contexts and will have an understanding of what a governing board does,” she explained.

She added that staff will also have experience of strategic leadership and said that staff at all levels should “consider whether governing is for them”.

The government is encouraging any individual that may want to consider governance to register with Inspiring Governance, a free service that links volunteers with schools looking to fill positions.