Julie Taylor

About me:
  I have over 25 years of Governance experience from different perspectives.  As a Staff Governor, Ex Officio, LA Governor, Community Governor and Chair I have witnessed first-hand the developing role of governance over this time.  I have experienced the increase in responsibilities and accountability for governors and fully appreciate the impact that an effective board can have on the school and its pupils. 

As an NLG I thoroughly enjoy working with such a wide variety of governors and being able to support them in their very unique school settings.

Governance experience:

  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Maintained sector
  • Academy
  • Multi Academy Trust – LGB Chair
  • Faith School

NLG experience:

For new Chair, Vice Chair or Lead Governor

For Boards to develop and complete their own action plans following a Local Authority review of Governance or Ofsted visit

For a developing board to establish effective practices and structures, including meeting management

With complaints, panel hearings and managing relationships between stakeholders

With developing effective monitoring and link governor roles 

With successful recruitment, induction and retention of governors

Preparation for Ofsted

Boards in How to hold to account

External Reviews of Governance for a variety of schools including   

MAT wide review of governance as part of a yearly support program to develop governance   

Tutor for Governor Training Solutions, delivering a variety of Governance training sessions covering all aspects of the role of governance

Cohort Tutor for GovernEd delivering the DfE funded Governor Training program Bespoke induction sessions for new MAT governors

“We felt totally supported at all times and the service improved our knowledge of governing by 100%, covering everything we needed” Primary School in need of support during a period of transition and following an LA Review  

“There was a lot to take on board but the patience, encouragement, and enthusiasm of my NLG carried me forward.  I learnt an amazing amount so much so that the GB were awarded a Green Rag rating by the LA following a Governance Review” C of E Primary School who needed support as the Chair was new to role and board was RAG rated Red     

“Thank you for all your support. I really was drowning and you totally turned things around for us” Support for inexperienced Chair of a rural primary school  

“Julie was an excellent support during a difficult time for the school.  I believe working with her has made me a much better lead for my FGB” Support for the Chair of a large Primary School following an LA RAG rating of RED    

“The objectives of the deployment were entirely met as were our objectives.  Her knowledge of governance, honesty and directness has enabled us to develop and complete necessary changes and have a positive impact on our school” Following completion of an ERG in a Secondary School

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