National Governance Association (NGA) Learning Link

E-learning for school governors in Salford

The NGA Learning Link is a training service from the National Governance Association (NGA). It is designed to help school governors develop their skills through e-learning. It is however not intended to replace face-to-face training which will continue to be offered through the Salford Governor services termly training programme.

Whether you're a newly elected governor or an established governor looking to increase your existing knowledge, the Learning Link has something for you.


  • Over 50 CPD training modules
  • Eight new induction modules
  • A certificate of achievement with every module
  • Secure access – 24 hours, 7 days a week
  • Multi-device access – desktops, tablets and smartphones
  • Tracked learning – revisit content, take a break or pick up where you left off
  • A dedicated support service

Schools benefit from:

  • Increased access to training for busy or remote governors
  • Ability to provide blended learning programmes
  • Tracked and evidenced learning
  • Reduced classroom time
  • Cost efficiencies, even for small schools

The courses

The National Governance Association has teamed up with Virtual College, one of the UK’s top e-learning providers, to deliver accessible, engaging and convenient e-learning. There are over 50 training modules divided into the sections below and including but not limited to the listed courses.

Structures, roles and responsibilities

  • Governance: Your role, responsibilities and organisation
  • Getting it right as a staff governor
  • Key functions of the governing board
  • Academies
  • Governance of a church school
  • Different models of governance

Good governance

  • Effectiveness: Governance making an impact, changing lives
  • Working Together: Building the team and improving the organisation
  • Governors' visits to schools
  • Handling difficult situations
  • Ofsted inspection of schools
  • Planning for succession in the governing board
  • Succession planning

Vision, ethos and strategic direction

  • Strategy: living your values, reaching your vision, managing the risk
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • The governing boards role in school improvement

Pupil success and wellbeing

  • Your organisation: understanding school structures and what children should learn
  • Progress and attainment: using your data to improve educational outcomes
  • School improvement: Arts and Cultural Education
  • Early Years education
  • Exclusions
  • Looked after children
  • Pupil Premium
  • The role of the Safeguarding governor

Working with executive leaders

  • Headteacher appraisal and capability
  • Headteacher recruitment - succession planning

The best use of resources

  • Resources: Making the most of what you've got
  • Managing Academy Finance
  • Understanding schools finance


  • Compliance: Assuring your organisation, keeping it safe, secure and solvent
  • Equality and diversity
  • E-safety for Governors and Trustees
  • Safeguarding: the governors role
  • Health and Safety
  • Governing board duties on compliance


  • Effective MAT governance

Access the NGA Learning Link

How do I register Learning Link?

If this is your first time using Learning Link, please follow the steps outlined below.

  1. Visit the online self-registration form.
  2. Add your details to the self-registration form in the following order:
    1. Your first name
    2. Your last name
    3. Your email
    4. Your phone number (optional)
    5. Your governance role title (optional)
    6. Your school or academy – use the search box and make sure to select the right one using the postcode*
  3. Click the green register button to submit your application for approval.
  4. Approval is not immediate and you must wait for email confirmation of approval. It can take time to receive this email particularly if your application is submitted over a weekend or in the evening.
  5. Your confirmation email will be sent to you. Once you receive your email confirmation, which includes your login details you can login to Learning Link and start to use it whenever you want to.

* If your school or academy is not listed, it may not be signed up to Learning Link. In this case please select the 'My group has not been listed' box and an email will come through to us so that we can contact you.

Who do I contact if I can't access my courses or if I've forgotten my username and or password?

Email or telephone 0121 237 4600

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This page was last updated on 3 April 2020

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