Skills Audit and Matrix

NGA encourages all governing bodies to use a skills audit to help them identify any skills and knowledge they still need to deliver their functions effectively. This updated 2015 version of the NGA skills audit is structured around the core functions of the governing body, as defined in the Governors' Handbook:

  • - Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • - Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  • - Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

This is to enable governing bodies to ensure they have sufficient expertise to carry out their core duties effectively. However, it is also important for governors to know their school and community, so skills relating to this are also included.

An individual governor is not expected to have all the skills listed in the audit, but they should be covered across the governing body. To make it easier to get a view of the skills across the governing body as a whole, we've also produced a skills matrix, which can be used to collate governors' responses from the skills audit. The matrix is colour coded so it is easy to identify areas of particular strength (green) or weakness (red).

Download the skills audit

Download the skills matrix

Please note that you will need Adobe Reader to view the skills audit. You can download the latest version free of charge here -