Governance Skills

An education adviser is required to have the necessary knowledge, skills and experience that allows them to effectively support and challenge the governance of an educational organisation with regard to corporate oversight and impact on the development of the organisation. With the growth of self managing institutions and multi-academy trusts, this aspect is of critical importance.

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Assessing and advising on governance roles and responsibilities

An Associate Adviser will have a particular concern for assessing and advising on governance roles, responsibilities and relationships within the different governance structures of schools, academies and multi-academy trusts (MATs). Advisers will also need to understand the different governance structures that exist. These vary a great deal from governance of a single school, to federations and MATs.

Advising on strategic planning and policy implementation and facilitating change

Whilst it is clearly the responsibility of Governing Bodies and Boards of Trustees to strategically plan, implement key policies, facilitate change and overcome barriers to improvement, an education adviser will provide effective advice to support strategic planning, translate policies into practice, provide helpful advice to overcome barriers to improvement and effectively promote change and improvements.

Improving governor effectiveness on staff performance

A key responsibility for a Governing Body or Trust Board is to hold the Principal and/or Chief Executive to account. The education adviser will provide feedback that the Governing Body find helpful to their performance, advice on how to improve by setting measurable targets and demonstrate how to hold people to account for their performance

Improving governor effectiveness on school performance

Governing Bodies have a critical role in improving school performance. The education adviser will support the Governing Body or Board of Trustees to effectively impact on school performance. The  education adviser will help the Governors or Trustees by encouraging the setting of measurable and challenging targets, show how to review and interpret performance information, provide accurate interpretation of performance information and explain the implications of performance information.

Transparency, accountability and financial oversight

It is important that governance processes and procedures are absolutely right. The education adviser will assess and advise on transparency, accountability and financial oversight, promote openness and transparency in dealing with financial matters and continually emphasise the importance of financial accountability.

Promote good governance

Good corporate governance behaviour applies to single school governing bodies as well as Boards of large MATs. The education adviser will promote good corporate governance behaviour, emphasise the importance of probity and decision making being above board and promote high standards of conduct in public office such as those outlined by the Nolan Principles.

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