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There are a range of resources and support networks that exist to help individual governors and the governing body to fulfill their responsibilities. In general terms this support can be divided into two categories:
Local support for governors and the governing body generally takes the form of
The clerk to the governing body is usually an individual with considerable experience of governance and is a key resource in helping guide governors through both legislative and procedural issues. For more information see the article 'Clerk to the governing body'.
Many (but not all) LAs provide considerable support to the governing body including training, telephone advice, and web- and paper-based resources such as sample policies and guidance. If your LA has a governor support website, you can find details of it via the article, 'Local authority websites'. The overview article on governor training may also be useful.
The NGA is a national organisation with member associations in 80 per cent of the LA areas. Each association has, in turn, governing bodies of schools as members. The NGA acts as a voice for governors in England putting their point of view to the Department and other government departments.
In addition to resources offered here by the Department, there are a range of additional resources that governors and the governing body will find useful. Consult the appropriate Department information online for more information and links about:
The Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Coordinating Centre is part of the University of London. It reviews research evidence and develops review methods in social science and public policy.
Information for School and College Governors (ISCG) helps governors and clerks do their best for their schools, providing them with practical advice, up-to-date information and relevant services.
The NGA represents school governors from all state-funded schools, including those from LA maintained schools and academies in England.