Becky Pointer

About me:
I was designated as an NLG in 2016 by the NCTL. I have worked in education administration since 1982 in both the voluntary and public sector, in London and East Anglia. I was a senior administrator in schools in Essex and clerk to governors. I have been a governor since 2008, became Chair in 2009 and started a Governance Consultancy in January 2014. I became an Associate Tutor for Essex Governor Services in 2015 and Governance Advisor to the Samuel Ward Academy Trust in September 2016. I have also worked for both Essex and Suffolk Local Authorities as an additional governor and a member of interim executive boards. I am a parent governor at my daughter’s secondary school and am a Director of the Vine Schools Trust, Diocesan of Chelmsford MAT. I also work for Suffolk Schools’ Choice as a Clerk.

Governance experience:

  • Primary
  • Faith School
  • Academy sector
  • Multi Academy Trust – Trustee
  • Multi Academy Trust – LGB Chair

NLG experience:

I have experience of a variety of governing bodies from small, half-form entry primary schools to 1200+ pupil roll, secondary schools.

I have particular experience in the following areas:

Support:
Governance recruitment, induction and training.

Supporting individual governors; coaching/mentoring Chairs.

Developing/improving relationships

Supporting transition to becoming an academy/joining a MAT

Preparing for Ofsted

Effective use of the Pupil Premium grant, championing disadvantaged pupils.

Recruitment of senior school leaders

Consultancy:
External Reviews of Governance

Assistance with converting to an Academy/joining a MAT

Training:
Delivery of Training including: Preparing for Ofsted; Safeguarding Responsibilities for Governors; Pupil Premium for Governors; Roles & Responsibilities

Developed a series of “Blast” sessions for LGBs

Testimonials:
‘The presentation of this course was lively and engaging, I would rate the presenter highly in relation to the courses I have attended’

‘As a new Governing Board of newly federated schools, it was an excellent evening. It raised plenty of questions for us to discuss, and, in so doing, helped the new board to gel. Mrs. Poynter was very good at keeping the discussions moving forward.’

‘Thank you for your constant help and support’

‘Many thanks for your help and advice this pm. It is good to know that there is someone coming at this from a Governor’s point of view.’

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