Strong leadership and governance are essential for improving schools.

The DfE have published documentation for governors during the COVID-19 outbreak. Click here to access. (updated 4 June)

The NGA’s COVID-19 documentation is here.

Minutes from the Chair’s/Vice Chair’s Virtual Meeting (20 May) are here.

Minutes from the Chair’s/Vice Chair’s Virtual Meeting (15 July) are here.


Please contact your clerk if you have any queries.

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 2 active NLGs in Northumberland:

  • 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.


Safe to Learn bulletins – Northumberland LA (please scroll to “Safeguarding and Schools”)