Jan Tallis

About me:
I was chair of governors at a school which moved from RI to outstanding. We were then asked to set up an empty MAT to support other schools. I set up, recruited to and now chair the trust board.I am passionate about the role of governing bodies/ LSBs/ trusts in holding school leaders to account.

Governance experience:

  • Primary
  • FE College
  • Multi Academy Trust – Chair

NLG experience:

Investigation into complaints/ breakdown of relationship between GB and SLT.

Mentoring new LGB chair

External Reviews of Governance

"Jan’s approach to the investigation was independent and impartial. She conducted her interview of the leadership team positively and listened to our concerns"

"​She responded within the given time frame and kept us updated throughout, handing back our complaint file completely intact and within a reasonable time frame"

"The comments made in her report were fair and we accept the need for further training on the complaints process’"

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