Strong leadership and governance are essential for improving schools.

 Forthcoming changes to the Learning Link platform due to the General Data Protection Regulation changes on the 25th May

As part of the changes, the NGA will be unable to hold personal data without consent and without good reason. As such, they will be removing inactive accounts from the system. These will be users who have not logged in to Learning Link since having their accounts transferred from the GEL system in April 2017. The NGA will be emailing these users before the 25th May to remind them that they have accounts and that the service is available to them, as they want to ensure that they do not lose access to this valuable resource.

Thank you for your continued support of our schools in Northumberland. The time you give and leadership you provide are crucial in improving the attainment and achievement of the young people in the county.

Websites to support your work:

Do remember that as part of your subscription to the NGA you have access to Learning Link. Full details here and here.

National Leaders of Governance:
National Leaders of Governance (NLGs) are experienced chairs of governors who are chosen, trained and designated by NCTL (National College for Teaching and Leadership) to offer support and advice to governors in all schools. They work closely with Dioceses, LAs, teaching schools, MATs and other bodies providing support for schools. There are currently 4 NLGs in Northumberland:

  • Jane Bell – Darras Hall First School
  • David Hall – Horton Grange Primary School (sabbatical at present)
  • Jo Holmes – Corbridge Middle School
  • Paul Carvin – Three Rivers Learning Trust

They can offer advice in a specific process e.g. academy conversion, mentor new chairs, do health checks of governing body practice, or help prepare governors for inspection. Some NLGs also do external reviews of governance. Their support is free to all schools. More information is available from the NLG advocate, Julia Millard, who can be contacted via the website

Publications to Support Your Work:

You may wish to sign up for Governance Support, a regular newsletter that contains information on a wide range of issues relating to school and academy governance. It is written by Fiona Stagg, a National Leader of Governance from North Staffordshire. A recent edition of the newsletter is here. There is a link at the very bottom where you can sign up should you wish to.