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 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 (2018) sets out the financial framework for academy trusts, reflecting their status as companies, charities and public bodies. A must read for...
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 non-executive directorslearn about induction into a NED role
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 non-executive directorslearn more about academy finances
learn more about academy finances
An improved schools financial benchmarking service has been launched online by the Department for Education (DfE) following feedback from users.
Resources for business leaderslearn more about the role of a non-executive director/ chair
Resources for non-executive directorslearn the essential principles of the non-executive director role
learn more about the role of a non-executive director/ chair | learn the essential principles of the non-executive director role
Academy Ambassadors has produced a guide for trustees/non-executive directors of academy trusts, to help them understand their personal liabilities alongside the obligations which stem from...
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
Founded in 2012, REAch2 Academy Trust is the largest primary-only academy trust in the country. It is a growing charitable organisation and supports 55 primary...
Resources for non-executive directorslearn more about academy finances
learn more about academy finances
The Education Funding Agency has published a guide for school governors and academy trustees to help make sure schools manage their resources efficiently. The top...
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
Sarah Pittam, consultant and Regional Adviser for Academy Ambassadors has developed a due diligence checklist, a vital resource for trusts planning to grow. This form...
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
A new guidance for schools on workforce planning has been published by the Department for Education. The non-statutory guidance on reviewing school staff structure is...
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
Ofsted has published its recommendations on how schools can better prepare young people for the world of work.
Resources for non-executive directorslearn about sponsorship
Resources for trustsget more from my trust board
learn about sponsorship | get more from my trust board
Essential reading for trusts seeking to grow, The Department for Education's guidance documents on expanding your academy trust. Contents include Regional Schools Commissioners, school improvement,...
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
The Sutton Trust: Education Endowment Foundation toolkit is an accessible summary of educational research on teaching 5-16 year olds. Filtered alphabetically the toolkit provides detailed...
Resources for non-executive directorslearn what makes a good multi-academy trust
learn what makes a good multi-academy trust
Academy Ambassadors' Second Annual Board Development Day saw the delivery of some highly inspiring and insightful sessions from non executive directors on leading multi academy...