The National Governance Association's (NGA) Outstanding Governance Awards celebrates what a positive contribution good governance can make to our children and young people.
Boards and governance professionals can gain recognition for excellent practice, stories of improvement and significant achievements in the NGA’s Outstanding Governance Awards which are now open for entry.
Plus, nominated boards will also have a chance to win the outstanding vision and strategy award.
The last awards in 2021 were a bumper year for nominations, and they celebrated practice of those across the country.
Anglian Learning in East of England
Cleeve School in Gloucestershire
1. These awards are not about perfection – but about improvement and achievement
The NGA wants to hear from boards and governance professionals who are committed to improving their practice, whose work has had a positive impact, whether that’s on the outcomes or wellbeing of pupils, on staff, or governance professionals whose expertise and work has positively improved governance or developed those the work with. You don’t need to be the finished product – but proud of the work you’ve done!
2. Not about how you write but what you write
The NGA wants the awards to be as easy to enter as possible, so the questions are designed to give them the best understanding of your work. They're not looking for eloquently written essays, but clear and concise evidence of how you meet the criteria as well as the achievements and improvements you’re proud of.
3. We know ‘outstanding’ can mean different things to different people
The NGA says outstanding in this instance isn't to be taken in the traditional 'Ofsted' sense, but about those boards or professionals going above and beyond their core duties, those that are reflective and focused on improvement practice. To help, the NGA is putting on two free webinars on what outstanding governance is, and what excelling as a governance professional looks like.
You can sign up for free to help you with your nomination. You can also read the information sheets for each category – which detail the criteria and how to make a successful nomination.
Entry is now open for this year's award, and you have until 9am on Monday 27 March to complete the form.
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