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 application process is currently closed but you can register your interest and find out more by following the link below.

You can find out more about becoming an NLG here