The role of the NLG builds on the success of National College of Teaching and Learning's (NCTL) national leaders of education (NLE) programme where headteachers use their proven success as school leaders to provide additional leadership in struggling schools.
In some cases, national leaders of governance may be partnered with an NLE. There are currently just over 300 NLGs in the country and this is set to rise to 500 by April 2015.
National leaders of governance are highly effective chairs of governors who will use their skills and experience to support chairs of governors in schools and academies for a variety of reasons. The chair may be new, governors may want to focus more on school improvement, or need support in dealing with significant strategic challenges - for example becoming a federation or converting to academy status.
NLGs will provide coaching and can support their counterparts in a range of different ways - for example in using data effectively to improve school performance or by providing more effective support and challenge for their headteacher.
They can be deployed in the following ways:
In Salford, Philip Royle of St Ambrose Barlow RC High School, and Annette Edkins of Barton Moss Community Primary School have been successful in securing appointments as NLGs via the NCTL recruitment process and have completed their formal induction and training.
Charlie Taylor, chief executive of the NCTL said, "High quality governance is vital for improving school performance and it is fantastic that chairs of governors like Philip and Annette are willing to step up and look beyond their own schools in order to help others who will benefit from their support."
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 NLG. The Department for Education have produced National leaders of governance: a guide for potential applicants if you want information on how to become a NLG.