‘All boards are responsible for identifying the induction and other ongoing training and development they need – including for those with specific responsibilities……’

’The board’s code of conduct should set an ethos of professionalism and high expectations of everyone involved in governance, including an expectation that they undertake whatever training or development activity is needed to fill any gaps in the skills they have to contribute to effective governance.’

‘Ofsted HMIs will consider the commitment of governors/trustees to their own development as part of the judgement on the effectiveness of leadership and management.’

‘Governance Handbook’ - DfE Revised March 2019

NGA Learning Link

If your school or academy has subscribed to the RoSIS Baseline Membership for 2020/21 and has opted into the Learning Link subscription, all board members can also access over 50 online learning modules via the National Governance Association Learning Link.  


The NGA Learning Link gives you access to a catalogue of high-quality interactive e-learning modules to help you develop your governance skills and knowledge at a time and place to suit you.  Modules reflect the latest legislation, the DfE’s Governance Handbook and the Competency Framework for Governance.


The modules have been split into core areas that cover:

  • Structures, Roles and Responsibilities

  • Good Governance

  • Vision, Ethos and Strategic Direction

  • Pupil Success and Wellbeing

  • Collaborating with Partners

  • Executive Leaders

  • The Best Use of Resources

  • Compliance

  • Clerking

  • MATs

Modules take between 40 minutes - 2 hours to complete, though the NGA has developed, and is continuing to add to, a range of ‘bitesize’ modules which take between 10-15 minutes to complete.  Details of all the modules currently available can be found at the following weblink here.


By accessing the NGA Learning Link, you will benefit from:

  • Over 50 training modules

  • A certificate of achievement with every module

  • Secure access 24 hours, seven days a week

  • Multi-device access – usable on desktops, tablets and smartphones

  • Tracked learning – revisit content, take a break or pick-up where you left off, and

  • A dedicated support service