Strong leadership and governance are essential for improving schools.

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:

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 3 NLGs in Northumberland:

  • Jane Bell Darras Hall First School
  • David Hall Horton Grange Primary School
  • Jo Holmes Corbridge Middle School

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:


Forthcoming Chair and Vice Chair of Governor Briefings:
27 April @ Seaton Delaval First School: 6.00pm – 8.00pm
3 May @ Hexham Mart: 6.00pm – 8.00pm
11 May @ Bell View, Belford: 6.00pm – 8.00pm
18 May @ Choppington Welfare: 10.00am – 12 noon


Forthcoming New Governor Training (Strategy & Accountability)
23 May @ Choppington Welfare: 6.00pm – 8.00pm
7 June @ Hexham Mart: 6.00pm – 8.00pm
12 June @ Bell View, Belford: 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Forthcoming New Governor Training (Support & Challenge)
20 June @ Hexham Mart: 6.00pm – 8.00pm
28 June @ Bell View, Belford: 6.00pm – 8.00pm
6 July @ Choppington Welfare: 6.00pm – 8.00pm


To book a place on any of the above courses please email