NLG

If you’re an experienced chair of governors who is interested in supporting chairs of governors in other schools, you can apply to be a National Leader of Governance (NLG).

This is part of the government’s plan to give schools a central role in developing a self-improving and sustainable school-led system.

Who can apply
You must be an experienced chair of governors with:

  • excellent leadership skills
  • a track record of raising school or academy performance in at least 1 school
  • the skills to influence improvement by supporting or challenging headteachers, or principals
  • a track record of implementing and sustaining effective governance in at least 1 school


To be successful in your application, you must:

have a strong track record

  • for leading school improvement, evidenced by pupil performance data
  • in relationship management within and beyond your school
  • of effective governance
  • be chair of a school with sustained high pupil performance and progress over the last 3 years and be above current floor standards
  • have at least 2 years’ experience as a chair of governors in the last 5 years
  • have the ability to support other chairs to strengthen their governing body, using your coaching and mentoring skills
  • be committed to quality of education for all students, including those in schools you are not accountable for
  • be able to meet the time commitment
  • have the full support of your governing body
  • have written support from a commissioner of school-to-school support, such as local authority, teaching school alliance, dioceses or regional schools commissioner’s office who would be willing to deploy you as a NLG if you were to be designated

The next round for NLG designation opens on the 27th March 2017

You can find out more about becoming an NLG here