This is the website for National Leaders of Governance in the North East of England (NLGNE).
National Leaders of Governance (NLGs) are highly effective chairs of school/academy governing bodies who are selected, trained and designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership to provide support to chairs of governors in other schools.
There are twenty one NLGs designated in the North East of England. On this website you can find out more information about them and how they can help your school. Having an NLG deployed to your governing body is usually free of charge, and NLGs can provide support in a number of different ways.
Some of us also conduct external reviews of governance in line with the Ofsted framework. Lots of individuals and organisations offer these reviews but the government guidelines recommend that "you choose someone with recent successful experience of leading governance and school improvement". Costs and arrangements for reviews are as agreed between individual schools and NLGs.
NLGs organise themselves regionally, but do cross borders for deployments when this is required. The North East comprises of twelve Local Authorities; Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Gateshead, Sunderland, Durham, Darlington, Hartlepool, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton on Tees and Middlesbrough. If you request support from us, we will try to match you with the NLG in your area who has the most relevant experience for your needs.
What is a National Leader of Governance Deployment?
An NLG is deployed into a school to provide support for its chair of governors. This support can take different forms depending on the circumstances of the school.
There is usually no charge to the school for an NLG deployment.
Examples of deployments are as follows:
Improving school performance:
Supporting the chair to focus more closely on raising standards and leading improvement
Helping the chair to understand and interpret strategic school/academy data
Supporting the relationship between headteacher and chair:
Coaching a chair in developing solutions to identified problems or in providing more effective challenge to senior leaders
Helping the chair build his/her relationship with the headteacher/principal
Skills and understanding of governance:
Helping the chair to better evaluate his/her own performance and develop his/her leadership, effectiveness and confidence
Observing a governing body meeting and providing advice to the chair on procedures, protocols and behaviours
Helping the chair identify priorities for governing body development and draw up an action plan
Mentoring a chair to provide support through a particular process
Providing expertise to help with an aspect of a Governing Body's work
Signposting or brokering additional training and support
A review of governance is a particular type of deployment and is usually charged for. Reviews of governance may be recommended as a result of an Ofsted inspection or commissioned by a school. Any arrangements for paid for work are between the school and the individual NLG.
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