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 (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

Skills matrix

For trustees of multi-academy trusts only:

Skills audit 

Skills matrix 

Related resources:

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 range of skills and knowledge covered by the skills audit remain the same and continue to reflect the DfE’s Competency Framework. However, the list of 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 through creating development plans.

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