Resources for Governing Boards

Ready to start recruiting? Download one of our user guides below for more information on how to register your vacancies and find suitable volunteers for inviting.

   Governor Recruitment: an overview of the Inspiring Governance platform

  Understanding the Homepage and how to access support

   Creating a vacancy, browsing volunteers and sending invites

  Editing: how to update your profile and a governor vacancy

How to respond to volunteers by email or through the chat function


Getting the Right People Around the Table – How to recruit and retain great new governors and trustees.


Other resources

20 Key Questions for Governing Boards – Key questions a governing board should ask itself, published by NGA and the All Party Group on Education Governance and Leadership

Guidance on the crucial role of the chair – Developed jointly with NGA and available on the NCTL website

Skills audit and matrix, structured around the core functions of the board to help them identify skills and knowledge they need to deliver their functions effectively, versions for single schools and MATs

A Framework for Governance – how governing boards can evaluate their own practice, set the strategic direction for their school and monitor progress

NGA’s Model Code of Conduct – helps boards draft their own code of conduct, one which sets out the purpose of the board and describes the appropriate relationship between individuals, the whole board and the leadership team of the school.

Governance Handbook and Competency Framework for advice on roles, duties, size and membership of governing bodies