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Skills Audit Form For School Governor

Skills Audit Form For School Governor

    Skills Audit

    For governors, trustees of single academy trusts and academy committee members
    A skills audit for trustees of multi academy trusts can be found on the NGA website

    The purpose of the skills audit

    Effective governance requires a board with a range of skills. These skills enable governors and trustees to ask the right questions, analyse data and have discussions which create robust accountability for school leaders. This skills audit is a way of assessing the board’s breadth and depth of skills, knowledge and behaviour.

    The skills audit should be completed together with the accompanying skills matrix as part of an evaluation process. See our guidance on how to use the NGA skills audit and matrix.

    Format and structure of the skills audit

    This skills audit is based on the six features of effective governance that are referred to in the DfE’s competency framework. The audit is designed to cover a broad range of skills, knowledge and behaviour but does not attempt to replicate the 200 plus competencies listed in the framework.

    No individual will have all the skills listed in the audit. The governing board is a team, and the purpose of the audit is to ensure that each skill below is covered by at least one of the governors/trustees around the table.

    How to complete the skills audit

    The skills audit consists of a series of statements. Rate your level of agreement with each statement on a scale of 1-5, with 1 indicating strong disagreement, and 5 indicating strong agreement.

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    Knowledge, Experience, Skills and Behaviours

    Strategic Leadership

    1 = Strongly Disagree, 5 = Strongly Agree

    I am/have been a governor or trustee in another school or board member in another sector

    12345

    I am/have been chair of a board or committee

    12345

    I have an awareness of national education policy (e.g. school funding, curriculum, teaching and learning)

    12345

    I have experience of the school’s local community

    12345

    I understand the difference between strategic and operational decisions

    12345

    I have experience and expertise in strategy development

    12345

    I understand the principle of stakeholder engagement, e.g. seeking views and evaluating feedback from parents and staff to support the decision-making process

    12345

    I understand the principles of risk management: how to prioritise, assess and mitigate against risks

    12345

    Accountability

    I have worked with leaders to establish expectations for improvement

    12345

    I understand the elements that make up a broad and balanced school curriculum

    12345

    I can interpret data and statistics relating to pupil progress and outcomes and use it to identify areas for development

    12345

    I am confident I know enough to ask questions and challenge leaders on matters relating to educational outcomes

    12345

    I have experience of financial planning: budgeting, monitoring and compliance

    12345

    I understand how the financial efficiency of schools is measured and compared to similar schools

    12345

    I know how staff are recruited to schools

    12345

    I understand how staff pay decisions impact the school’s budget

    12345

    I have experience of preparing for and responding to inspection and oversight

    12345

    I understand the national performance measures that are used to monitor school performance

    12345

    People

    I regularly refer to professional advice to inform my own judgements

    12345

    I know how to build the knowledge I need to be effective in my governance role

    12345

    I seek to resolve misunderstanding at the earliest opportunity in order to avoid conflict

    12345

    I can build consensus through clearly presenting my views

    12345

    I have built strong collaborative relationships with members of the board

    12345

    Structures

    I understand how the strategic role of a governing board differs from the management responsibilities carried out by senior leaders in schools

    12345

    I understand the distinct responsibilities of the board’s committees

    12345

    Compliance

    I am aware of the legal duties and responsibilities of a governor/trustee, e.g. the safeguarding of children and in respect of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities

    12345

    I feel able to speak up if I am concerned about non-compliance

    12345

    Evaluation

    I have identified the areas where I need to develop my knowledge and skills as a governor/trustee

    12345

    I seek out opportunities to improve my practice (attending training, learning from others)

    12345

    Existing Governors Only