Andi Smith

About me:
2011 Appointed Governor Curwen primary school LB Newham

2012 VCOG

2013 COG

2014 badged NLG

2015 badged NCTL to undertake ERG

2015 – 2017 undertaken numerous ERG roles in terms of advising supporting governance of several schools as NLG within LB Newham, Southampton City Council, Sefton Borough Council

2015 – 2017 – worked in partnership with NLE and external consultant to form Tapscott Learning Trust

2017 – present Chair and Member of Tapscott Learning Trust

2018 – worked in partnership with East SE regional NLG Advocate and NLG’s in developing governance strategy and resource materials

Governance experience:

  • Primary
  • Infants
  • Junior
  • Maintained sector
  • Multi Academy Trust – Member
  • Multi Academy Trust – Chair
  • Multi Academy Trust – Trustee

NLG experience:

Coaching and mentoring Chairs of Governors in preparation for Ofsted

Coaching and mentoring Chairs of Governors in preparation for an LA External Review of Governance

Coaching and mentoring Chairs of Governors in preparation for becoming part of a MAT

External Reviews of Governance

Supporting Chair of Governors through HR issues relating to the senior leadership team raised by Ofsted

Supporting governance during the removal of a chair of governors

Supporting Trustees on HR/Disciplinary issues

Extensive experience in delivering CPD/training to GB MATs in terms of Preparation for Ofsted, ERG, SEF/review Post Ofsted Action plans

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