National Leaders of Governance (NLGs) are chairs of school governing bodies who have been identified as possessing the skills and resources to support other governing bodies facing challenges. There are around sixty of them in the eastern region already working with a range of schools. Their work is supported by a single Regional Advocate, Rosemary Lovatt.
The TSC is now responsible for the operational management of NLGs, including the role of Regional Advocate. This move is helpful because the work that National Leaders of Governance do relates closely to school intervention and support. OFSTED inspectors have observed how schools facing challenges typically have governing bodies which are not providing clear focus and leadership.
To take the work forward, the TSC has recruited eight teaching school alliances to become NLG hubs and all NLGs have been asked to affiliate themselves to a local hub. If it all works out, the alliances will be well placed in the future to encourage and support the critical role of governing bodies in schools. Currently, as part of a wider review the next NLG recruitment round has been postponed but the work of NLGs is expected to continue.
The eight hubs have been developed in two waves. The first wave involves the following alliances: The Alban Teaching School Alliance; The Central Bedfordshire Teaching School Partnership; Swavesey and Histon & Impington; Billericay Teaching School Alliance; The Inspiration Trust Teaching School Alliance. In the second wave, these additional alliances will be involved: Suffolk Borders TSA; NTLEC TSA; and, North East Essex TSA.
You can find out more about the work of NLGs in the region here.