Outstanding Governance

  • National Leaders of Governance (NLG)

    National Leaders of Governance (NLG)

    National Leaders of Governance are part of the Government’s plan to give schools a central role in developing a self-improving and sustainable school-led system. If you are an experienced chair of governors who is interested in supporting chairs of governors in other schools, you might want to apply to be a national leader of governance (NLG). Applicants considering the role of NLG must be an experienced chair of governors with:

    • excellent leadership skills
    • a track record of contributing to school improvement through the effective leadership of a governing body

    To be successful in your application, you must:

    • have at least 2 years of experience as a chair of governors in the last 5 years
    • have the skills to coach and mentor
    • be able to meet the time commitment
    • have the full support of your governing body and Head Teacher
    • have a strong track record for leading school improvement, and the development of the governing body
    • be from a school judged by Ofsted as good for overall effectiveness and leadership and management
    • be from a school that shows consistently strong levels of pupil performance and progress or continued improvement over the last 3 years and be above current floor standards

    For further information about the role or to apply to become a National Leaders of Governance, please visit the www.gov.uk website using the following LINK

  • Bolton Local Governance Leaders

    Bolton Local Governance Leaders

    The Governor Services Team are seeking to recruit experienced governors who are willing to voluntarily provide support to other governors or governing bodies within the Borough. This may be by offering support to individual governors through coaching and mentoring, providing additional capacity to governing bodies or being appointed as an additional governor to schools where intervention may have occurred.

    There are many examples of the need to improve capacity on a governing body such as an outcome of a local authority review or Ofsted Inspection. It may simply be down to a high number of vacancies or turnover of governors, creating a lack of skills or experience.

    Utilising the knowledge and experience of existing governors can be beneficial in order to share expertise and bring on board another perspective. This can add capacity to a governing body that may be experiencing difficulties both in the long or short term.

    If you are interested in provided support to other governors or governing bodies within the Bolton Family and would like to sign up to a register of volunteers as a Bolton Local Governance Leader, please download a copy of the guidance below and complete and return the enclosed form to register your interest.

    For further information, please contact John Ashworth, Governor Services Manager on 01204 338603 or via email at john.ashworth@bolton.gov.uk

    Bolton Local Governance Leaders
  • Governor Mark Accreditation

    Governor Mark Accreditation

    Governor Mark is a national award. It is a kite mark which provides external evaluation of the quality of governance in a school. The Governor Mark Standards Document is freely available to any governing body for use as a comprehensive health check.

    The Governor Mark is a challenging award. Not only does a governing body need to show that it follows good procedures and fulfils statutory duties, but there is a high value placed on evidence of impact - the difference the governing body makes to a school.

    Sometimes governors work hard and make a real difference, but no proper record is ever made of this. Governor Mark helps to sharpen practice as well as create the framework through which governor support and challenge can be shown through real evidence.

    A guide for governors on the Governor Mark accreditation can be downloaded below.

    If you are interested in undertaking the Governor Mark or would like further information on the accreditation process, please contact Annette Harris, Governor Development Officer via email at annette.harris@bolton.gov.uk. Alternatively you can download further guidance about the process and how to apply for the Governor Mark directly from the GLM Partnership website via the following ‘link

    Governor Mark