Skills Audit and Skills Matrix 

NGA has updated the popular skills audit which can be used to help identify any knowledge, experience, skills and behaviours your governing board still needs to deliver their functions effectively. There continues to be two separate models: one for maintained school governors including those governing in a federation, trustees of single academy trusts and academy committee members (often referred to as local governing bodies) and another for trustees of multi-academy trusts. This takes into account the significant differences of governing as a MAT trustee compared to governing as a maintained school governor. The accompanying skills matrix, which provides a useful at a glance view of the relative strengths of the board as a whole, has also been updated to reflect the changes made to the skills audit forms.

About the 2019 update

The skills audit was previously updated in 2017 and was structured around the DfE's six features of effective governance as referred to in the Competency Framework for Governance. The 2019 version has retained that structure but now includes an additional section titled “positive contribution”, which covers the experience and skills that characterise an effective and experienced governing team with capacity to develop and improve further. At the same time the skills audit has been streamlined with fewer questions to make it more manageable. The skills audit does not ask potential or serving governors or trustees to rate their commitment to their, school, its ethos, vision and to improving education and welfare for all pupils. Nor does it ask them to evaluate their willingness to devote time and enthusiasm to the role. It is assumed that this has been established from the outset. 

Two important things that have not changed

  • The advice that whilst no individual governor/trustee/academy committee member is expected to have all the skills listed in the audit, they should be covered across the governing board.
  •  The principle that governing boards are best placed themselves to individually assess which areas outlined in the competency framework are most important for them.

Download a guide to using the NGA skills audit

Model 1 - to be used by maintained school governors including those governing in a federation, trustees of single academy trusts and academy committee members (ofsten referred to as local governing bodies).

Download the skills audit

Download the skills matrix

Model 2 - to be used by trustees of multi-academy trusts only.

Download the skills audit

Download the skills matrix

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