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National Leaders of Governance

The goal of national leaders of governance (NLGs) is to increase the leadership capacity of other schools to help raise standards.

This is one part of the government’s plan to give schools a central role in developing a self-improving and sustainable system. NLGs concentrate on developing school governance capacity and expertise. In some cases, they work in partnership with a national leader of education or a teaching school alliance.

If selected, you’ll provide support to a chair of governors in a school meeting one or more of the following criteria:

  • identified as being in need of significant improvement by the Department for Education, Ofsted, a teaching school, local authority or diocese
  • where attainment is below the current minimum standards set by the government
  • in transition to academy status or multi-academy trust
  • where the chair of governors is new
  • where working practices for a chair, headteacher or leadership group need developing

NLGs provide support:

  • face to face
  • by telephone
  • by email

Some NLGs will provide short-term support to governing bodies, for example by joining an interim executive board or chairing a governing body in severe difficulties.

NLGs may also do external reviews of governance.

If you are interested in accessing support for your governing body, please make contact with Jo Cottrell our Executive Headteacher via

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