NGA & Tes School Governance Survey 2018


1. About the survey

Thank you for taking the time to complete our annual survey of governors and trustees. The National Governance Association (NGA) and Tes have been surveying those governing since 2012 and the responses play a crucial role in shaping the representation of, and support available for, governing boards. 

The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete and we are grateful to you for giving your time to share your insight and experiences. The survey will be open until Monday 11 June

Survey responses will be stored securely by NGA and individual responses will not be shared with third parties. You should not be personally identifiable from your answers. The survey asks a number of demographic questions (such as age, gender and ethnicity) which will contribute to NGA's Everyone on Board campaign promoting diversity on governing boards; if you do not feel comfortable answering these questions, please select 'rather not say'. 

The survey is open to all governors and trustees of state-funded schools in England, as well as those on academy committees within a multi-academy trust. It is not aimed at clerks but we ask that clerks forward this link to their governing boards.

If you sit on more than one governing board, please base your answers on the board you have been part of for the longest period of time. 

Please note that when we use the term 'headteacher' this includes principals, executive headteachers and chief executive officers (CEOs). 

The results will be reported in Tes magazine, the September/October edition of NGA's Governing Matters magazine and in a full report due for publication in the autumn term. 

If you are unsure of any answers, do not feel that you have to look up or ask for information - we have provided 'don't know' options for this purpose and it is possible to skip some questions. 

Thank you for adding your voice to those of governors and trustees across the country. 

If you would like any further information, please contact NGA's Policy and Information Officer, Fay Holland: