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.

Location: (Borough/City/County) North East London, London borough of Newham
Governance experience:

 

Chair of Governors of the following types of schools:

  • Primary
  • FE College
  • Academy
    • Multi Academy Trust – Chair
NLG experience:

 

 

 

Support:

  • Investigation into complaints/ breakdown of relationship between GB and SLT.
  • Mentoring new LSB chair

Consultancy:

  • External Review of Governance

 

Testimonials: 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’

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

Compliance with the Academy Financial Handbook

Leading change management

Readiness for Ofsted

Managing and prioritising risks

Effective Safeguarding

Strategic leadership of Pupil Premium and provision for disadvantaged pupils

Data management 

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

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

Performance Management of Chairs

Headteacher performance management

Governor appraisals

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

Recruiting and retaining the governance team

Succession planning

Creating a team culture

Expectation setting and conduct

Holding the governance team to account

Creating a governance development plan

8. Training completed

Relationship management

Conflict management

Meeting management

4. STRUCTURES

– Governance Structures

8. NLG TRAINING COMPLETED

Creating a scheme of delegation

NLG induction

Governance in a Local Governing Body

Essential deployment skills

Trust Board governance

External Review of Governance

Forming a trust board

Governance leadership programme (DfE)

Forming a MAT

Joining a MAT