Amy Weatherup

About me:
I have been involved in primary school governance since 2011, and in nursery school governance before that. I am currently Chair of Governors at Swaffham Bulbeck Church of England Primary School, an outstanding village school and designated Teaching School within the Anglian Learning Teaching School Alliance, which is in the process of joining a MAT. I am also Safeguarding governor and Chair of the Education Committee at the University of Cambridge Primary School, where I was involved in their pre-opening year as well as the three years of growth since they opened. I have been an NLG since 2017.

Governance experience:

  • Primary
  • Maintained sector
  • Church of England Schoo
  • Multi Academy Trust - LGB Chair
  • Trustee of a new Free School (Single Academy Trust) 

NLG experience:
Support for the Governing Body and Chair of schools after an inadequate and RI Ofsted ranking.

Succession planning & governor recruitment

Developing a school vision, for stand-alone schools, and for schools within MATs

Joining panels where the school has insufficient governors

Induction training for new LGB governors

Training on new Ofsted framework

In my non-NLG life I deliver training courses at the University of Cambridge (see

1. Strategic Leadership 5. Compliance
Creating a shared vision, ethos and strategic direction Understanding the regulatory framework for governance
Strategic planning for schools and boards Compliance with the Academy Financial Handbook
Strategic financial leadership Readiness for Ofsted
Strategic HR leadership Effective Safeguarding
Strategic business leadership Strategic leadership of SEND and inclusion
Leading change management Strategic leadership of Pupil Premium and provision for disadvantaged pupils
Stakeholder engagement & communication Data management and GDPR
Managing and prioritising risks Health and Safety responsibilities
Equality responsibilities
Investigations, panels and appeals
2. Accountability 6. Evaluation
Strategic Leadership of school improvement External Reviews of Governance
Creating accountability structures, SMART targets and KPIs MAT Health Checks
Planning and leading strategic monitoring Reviews of LGBs
Presenting and analysing data Skills audits and action planning
Triangulation, benchmarking and holding to account Facilitated governance self-reviews
Headteacher performance management Performance Management of Chairs
Monitoring of staff performance management Governor appraisals
CEO performance management
Chair performance management
Complaint investigation and management
3. People 7. Other areas of expertise
Team leadership Leading governance networks
Recruiting and retaining the governance team Developing governor training
Succession planning Delivering governor training
Creating a team culture Developing governance support materials
Expectation setting and conduct
Holding the governance team to account
Creating a governance development plan
Relationship management
Conflict management
Meeting management
4. Structures 8. NLG Training Completed
Governance team organisation, processes and structures – constitutions, terms of reference, role profiles NLG induction
Creating a scheme of delegation Essential deployment skills
Governance in a Local Governing Body Power of Coaching
Trust board governance External Review of Governance
Forming a Trust board Governance leadership programme (DfE)
Forming a MAT
Joining a MAT
Governance in Federations