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Governing Body Skills Audit

Skills Audit - Beaumont Lodge Primary Governing Board Autumn 2016  Questions to consider:
Do these responses match expectations? 
Are there any implications for our role description or code of conduct?
Do any of the responses have implications for our recruitment strategy?
Do any of the responses raise questions about our induction strategy?
Are the lower scoring competencies issues that could be dealt with by training? 
Could we improve any of the lower scoring competencies by mentoring and coaching?
Do we need to review our committee membership based on these responses?
Are there any implications for succession planning?
   
Level of experience/skill:  1 =none, 5 = extensive
 
 A 'D' denotes a skill that is desirable to have in the governing board, and an 'E' denotes a skill that is essential within the governing board. 
   
   Desirable or essential? OVERALL Governor A Governor B Governor C Governor D Governor E Governor F Governor G Governor H Governor I Governor J Governor K Governor L Governor M Governor N Governor O Governor P Governor Q Governor R      
Essential for all governors/trustees                                              
Commitment to improving education for all pupils E 5 5 5 4 4 5 5 4 5 3 5                      
Ability to work in a team and take collective responsibility for decisions E 5 5 5 5 4 5 5 4 5 4 5                      
Willingness to learn E 5 5 5 5 4 5 5 5 5 5 5                      
Commitment to the school’s vision and ethos  E 5 5 5 5 4 5 5 5 4 5 5                      
Has basic literacy and numeracy skills E 5 5 5 5 4 5 5 4 4 4 5                      
Has basic IT skills (i.e. word processing and email) E 5 5 5 5 4 5 5 4 4 5 5                      
Should exist across the governing board                                              
Understanding/experience of governance                                              
Previous experience of being a board member in another sector or a governor/trustee in another school D 2 5 1 1 2 1 1 1 3 1 5                      
Experience of chairing a board/ governing board or committee D 2 1 1 3 5 1 1 1 3 1 5                      
Experience of professional leadership D 3 1 2 3 4 3 1 5 4 3 5                      
Vision and strategic planning                                              
Understanding and experience of strategic planning E 4 4 3 4 4 4 1 4 4 3 5                      
Ability to analyse and review complex issues objectively E 4 5 3 5 4 5 3 4 4 3 5                      
Ability to identify problems E 4 5 4 5 4 5 3 4 4 4 5                      
Ability to propose and consider innovative solutions E 4 4 4 5 4 5 2 4 2 3 5                      
Experience reviewing the impact of new ideas and initiatives D 4 4 4 5 4 4 2 4 3 3 5                      
Ability to learn from failure  E 4 5 5 5 4 5 4 4 3 4 5                      
Ability to make difficult decisions in the best interests of pupils E 5 5 5 5 4 5 4 3 5 4 5                      
Change management (e.g. overseeing a merger or an organisational restructure, changing careers) 3 5 1 3 4 4 1 4 4 1 4                      
Understanding of current education policy E 3 4 5 4 3 4 5 3 1 1 4                      
Holding the head to account                                              
Communication skills, including being able to discuss sensitive issues tactfully E 4 5 4 5 4 5 5 4 4 3 5                      
Ability to analyse data E 4 5 5 5 4 5 3 3 5 2 5                      
Ability to question and challenge E 4 5 4 5 4 5 3 4 3 2 5                      
Experience of project management D 4 5 2 5 4 5 1 5 3 1 5                      
Performance management/ appraisal of someone else E 4 4 3 5 4 4 3 4 4 1 5                      
Experience of being performance managed/appraised yourself D 5 5 5 5 4 5 5 4 2 5 5                      
Financial oversight                                              
Financial planning/management ( e.g. as part of your job) E 3 5 2 5 4 3 1 4 4 1 5                      
Experience of procurement/purchasing D 3 5 2 5 4 4 1 4 2 1 5                      
Experience of premises and facilities management  D 3 5 1 1 4 4 1 5 1 1 2                      
Knowing your school and community                                              
Links with the community D 3 5 2 2 4 1 3 4 3 1 3                      
Links with local businesses D 3 5 1 2 4 1 2 4 2 5 3                      
Knowledge of the local/regional economy E 3 4 2 4 4 4 5 4 1 1 2                      
Working or volunteering with young people (e.g. teaching/social work/youth work/sports coaching/health services for young people) D 3 1 3 3 2 5 5 4 1 5 3                      
Understanding of special educational needs E 3 3 4 3 3 4 4 3 1 5 2                      
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