Skills audit and skills matrix 

The NGA skills audit and skills matrix help governing boards identify where they need to develop knowledge, skills and behaviour to deliver their functions effectively. These resources were updated in August 2020 - read about the updates here.

How to use these tools

  • Each individual governor or trustee needs to complete a skills audit form (select the correct version below).
  • Results from each completed skills audit then need to be collated and entered into the appropriate skills matrix spreadsheet.
  • The completed skills matrix can then be used to review collective responses to the skills audit.
  • Use our 'how to' guide to learn more and find out how to act on the results of your skills audit.

How to use (and act on) the NGA skills audit and skills matrix

For maintained school and federation governors, trustees of single academy trusts and academy committees:

Skills audit form (MS Word)

Skills matrix (Excel)

For trustees of multi-academy trusts only:

Skills audit form (MS Word)

Skills matrix (Excel)

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About the 2020 update

The NGA skills audit, matrix and accompanying guide has been refreshed for 2020. However, the core content and substance are unchanged from 2019. Updates include:

  • The list of skills and knowledge statements has been reduced and clarified to ensure accessibility for all levels of governance.

  • The skills audit asks individuals to rate their agreement with a range of statements (rather than rate their level of experience).

  • The ‘how-to’ guide which accompanies the skills audit and matrix contains additional guidance to help boards act on their evaluation.

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