My background is in fashion, as a designer running a medium sized fashion company for 20 years. Through most of those years I was also a governor and then Chair.
I was accredited as a National Leader of Governance in February 2014, after a substantial amount of years as a governor and at least 10 years as a Chair of Governors. I was encouraged to apply for the accreditation after leading governance through a successful Ofsted Inspection where, in collaboration with the Senior Leadership Team, our Ofsted judgement improved from good to outstanding.
In May 2016 I was asked to Chair a replacement governing body (quasi IEB) convened by the LA, for a school under threat of academisation. An Academy leadership team supported the school at this point and parents were extremely angered by this arrangement (this was quite political, 3,000 signatures presented to the Local Authority by parents). One of the greatest challenges for the governing board was after the Academy Leadership Team left in July. With no leadership in place except for governors, we needed to appoint a new dynamic & effective leadership team by the September; which we did.
Children’s outcomes were significantly improved within a year and a new governing board was put in place. Effective school governance was confirmed by an external review, more recently our Ofsted inspection in March 2018 to everyone’s delight, improved to good.
Recently, I have been appointed to the London Borough of Waltham Forest’s Learning Partnership, which is an autonomous board that sits outside the current education network and has the freedom to address the issues it sees as a priority for the borough.
I have a strong interest in the current, ever changing educational landscape, using that information to plan for the future in the best ways to improve our children’s lifelong chances.
Where working practices for a chair, Headteacher need developing
Coaching and Mentoring CoGs
LA in appointing the Director of Learning
New CoGs in developing their leadership role, setting strategic vision, ensuring challenge and support to the Headteacher/Executive Head.
Where attainment is below the current minimum standards set by the government
External Reviews of Governance and supporting schools after review to implement recommendations
Working with CoG and governing boards to become ‘Ofsted-ready’
Modeling Governance (within GBM)
‘I know that the Chair found your set of possible Ofsted interview questions a helpful structure for his preparations.’ LA Director of Education
‘Let me add my thanks for your skillful input and Schools Improvement for making that possible. I really don’t know how things would be going without your help with Ofsted.’
‘I used your questions and spreadsheet as a preparation for Ofsted and circulated to the Governors who were able to attend the Ofsted interview.’ Chair of Governors of Maintained School.
As an NLG working with SLT and heavily supporting the Chair and Governors, the school was accredited an Ofsted grade Good from Requires Improvement in March 18