Geoff Skewes

 

About me: I was designated as an NLG in 2016 by the NCTL. I am a Chair of Governors at Walthamstow Academy and Wentworth Primary. The former is part of a large MAT (United Learning) and the latter is an Essex maintained school. I have many years’ experience of governance and education. In the past I have worked as an education consultant in the areas of School Improvement and Strategic Planning/Policy analysis and Implementation. I have worked as the following:

DfE Accredited Secondary School Improvement Partner

DfE Accredited Performance Management Consultant

DfE Accredited  External Adviser

Ofsted Trained

Sixth Form Colleges Employers Forum External Verifier for Professional Standards.

Location: (Borough/City/County) Maldon, Essex
Governance experience:

 

Chair of Governors of the following types of schools:

  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Academy
  • Multi Academy Trust – LGB Chair
NLG experience:

 

 

 

Support:

  • Mentoring Chairs of Governors
  • Chaired Independent Complaints Panels
  • Provision of support and advice on MAT formation and schemes of delegation

Consultancy:

  • External Reviews of Governance

Training:

  • Preparation for Ofsted
  • The School Improvement cycle
Testimonials:

Areas of expertise:

 

1. STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP

– Strategic leadership of school organisations

5. COMPLIANCE

– Governance Compliance

Creating a shared vision, ethos and strategic direction

Understanding the regulatory framework for governance

Strategic planning for schools and boards

Readiness for Ofsted

Leading change management

Strategic leadership of Pupil Premium and provision for disadvantaged pupils

Investigations, panels and appeals

2. ACCOUNTABILITY

 – Strategic leadership of school improvement

6. EVALUATION

– Governance reviews and health checks

Strategic Leadership of school improvement

External Reviews of Governance

Creating accountability structures, SMART targets and KPIs

Reviews of LGBs

Planning and leading strategic monitoring

Skills audits and action planning
Presenting and analysing data

Triangulation, benchmarking and holding to account

Headteacher performance management

Monitoring of staff performance management

CEO performance management

Complaint investigation and management

3. PEOPLE

-Governance team leadership

7. OTHER AREAS OF EXPERTISE

– Other NLG Deployment Skills

Team leadership

Delivering governor training

Recruiting and retaining the governance team

Expectation setting and conduct

Creating a governance development plan

4. STRUCTURES

– Governance 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

External Review of Governance