NLG Deployments

What is a National Leader of Governance Deployment?

An NLG is deployed into a school to provide support for its chair of governors. This support can take different forms depending on the circumstances of the school.

There is usually no charge to the school for an NLG deployment.

Examples of deployments are as follows:

Improving school performance:

  • Supporting the chair to focus more closely on raising standards and leading improvement
  • Helping the chair to understand and interpret strategic school/academy data

Supporting the relationship between headteacher and chair:

  • Coaching a chair in developing solutions to identified problems or in providing more effective challenge to senior leaders
  • Helping the chair build his/her relationship with the headteacher/principal

Skills and understanding of governance

  • Helping the chair to better evaluate his/her own performance and develop his/her leadership, effectiveness and confidence
  • Observing a governing body meeting and providing advice to the chair on procedures, protocols and behaviours
  • Helping the chair identify priorities for governing body development and draw up an action plan
  • Mentoring a chair to provide support through a particular process
  • Providing expertise to help with an aspect of a GB’s work
  • Signposting or brokering additional training and support

A review of governance is a particular type of deployment and is usually charged for. Reviews of governance may be recommended as a result of an Ofsted inspection or commissioned by a school. Any arrangements for paid for work are between the school and the individual NLG. NLGs available for commissioned external reviews are listed here.

How do I request a NLG Deployment?

You can download a deployment request form and email it to our the Learn and Lead Partnership Director, David Ashley at

Or contact David for further information.


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