Resources for non-executive directors

Find all the resources you need in your role as a non-executive director, including essential reading, the latest Department for Education guidance, useful tool kits, background information and specialist trust information. 

Essential Reading

Resources for business leadersprepare for joining a board
Resources for non-executive directorslearn what makes a good multi-academy trust
prepare for joining a board | learn what makes a good multi-academy trust
The Department for Education has published its guidance on the roles and duties of school governors and academy trusts. Proving good advice on the skills...
Resources for business leaderslearn more about the role of a non-executive director/ chair
Resources for non-executive directorslearn about induction into a NED role
learn more about the role of a non-executive director/ chair | learn about induction into a NED role
A wealth of information is available for new academy trust board members. Our induction pack is designed to help you navigate through the first months...
Resources for non-executive directorslearn about induction into a NED role
learn about induction into a NED role
As with any sector, understanding the acronymns and language is key to understanding and getting to grips with the role. Created by the NGA (National...
Resources for business leaderslearn more about the role of a non-executive director/ chair
Resources for non-executive directorslearn more about academy finances
learn more about the role of a non-executive director/ chair | learn more about academy finances
This revised handbook (2019) sets out the financial framework for academy trusts, reflecting their status as companies, charities and public bodies. A must read for...
Resources for non-executive directorslearn what makes a good multi-academy trust
Resources for trustsget more from my trust board
learn what makes a good multi-academy trust | get more from my trust board
From September 2019, New Schools Network and Star Institute will deliver accredited National Professional Qualification (NPQ) programmes to expand the leadership capacity of free schools...
Resources for non-executive directorslearn more about academy finances
learn more about academy finances
Former National Schools Commissioner and longstanding educational innovator, Frank Green, explores how integrated curriculum financial planning and SMART Curriculum helps to deliver the fundamentals of...
Resources for non-executive directorsbecome a more effective non-executive director/ chair
become a more effective non-executive director/ chair
Drawing on Challenge Partners' recent MAT Peer Review , Dr. Kate Chhatwal, CEO of Challenge Partners and trustee of two MATs, highlights the three common...
Resources for non-executive directorslearn what makes a good multi-academy trust
learn what makes a good multi-academy trust
Across the UK economy, there has been an increasing interest in the way organisations behave. With culture now widely accepted as a board matter, ICSA:...
Resources for non-executive directorslearn about data management in schools
learn about data management in schools
The Department for Education has launched a self-assessment tool designed to help multi-academy trusts (MATs) better understand their own capacity to support and drive school...
Resources for non-executive directorslearn what makes a good multi-academy trust
learn what makes a good multi-academy trust
The Department for Education has published guidance for all those with an interest in emerging good practice in the academy system. It will be particularly...
Resources for non-executive directorslearn what makes a good multi-academy trust
learn what makes a good multi-academy trust
As recently announced , the academy sector has reached the tipping point. Tom Glover, Ambition Institute , highlights four key areas that require attention for...
Resources for non-executive directorsbecome a more effective non-executive director/ chair
Resources for trustsget more from my trust board
become a more effective non-executive director/ chair | get more from my trust board
Academy Ambassadors’ recent event in Cambridge with Lord Agnew, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System, and Sue Baldwin, Regional Schools Commissioner, gave...
Resources for business leaderslearn more about the role of a non-executive director/ chair
Resources for business leadersprepare for joining a board
Resources for non-executive directorsbecome a more effective non-executive director/ chair
Resources for trustsget more from my trust board
learn more about the role of a non-executive director/ chair | prepare for joining a board | become a more effective non-executive director/ chair | get more from my trust board
Steve Playford, Global Director of the Financial Times, talks through the next steps after a stellar career and what a NED portfolio can do for...
Resources for non-executive directorslearn what makes a good multi-academy trust
learn what makes a good multi-academy trust
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