David Low

 

About me:

I was designated as an NLG in February 2016 by the NCTL. I am a retired primary Headteacher. My career was spent teaching in Hackney, Plaistow and the East London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge and Havering. I have served in many governance roles: teacher governor, Headteacher
Governor, Parent Governor, Co-opted Governor in both maintained schools and academies. I am
currently vice-chair of a MAT with approximately 6000 students aged from 3 to 19. I am currently the Chair of an IEB appointed by the RSC and am also undertaking a range of governance support/development roles commissioned by the Local Authority. I am also consulting with a governance development provider on training being provided throughout London, NE London and the East
Region

Location: (Borough/City/County) llford, London Borough of Redbridge
Governance experience:

 

Chair of Governors of the following types of schools:

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

 

 

 

Support:

  • Pre-Ofsted urgent governance intervention
    (primary faith school)
  •  GB without either Chair or Vice-chair
  •  GB with Interim Vice-chair and inexperienced governors – also supporting the Head teacher
  •  GB where governors resigned en masse
  • Shadow GB – support for GB, Chair designate and Headteacher Designate for new primary VA faith school opening in September 2018
  • Chair IEB – Secondary (now converted to LGB -MAT)
  • Chair IEB (maintained secondary) Appointed by RSC

Consultancy:

  • Governance development provider since January 2018

Training:

  • New Governors Induction Training (for LA)
  • Pupil Premium Training (for LA)
  • Bespoke Training (VA faith school and others)
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

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

Investigations, panels and appeals

Managing and prioritising risks

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

Monitoring of staff performance management

CEO performance management

Chair performance management

Complaint investigation and management

7. Other NLG Deployment Skills

3. PEOPLE

-Governance team leadership

7. OTHER AREAS OF EXPERTISE

– Other NLG Deployment Skills

Team leadership

Developing governor training

Recruiting and retaining the governance team

Delivering governor training
Creating a team culture Developing governance support materials

Expectation setting and conduct

Chairing IEBs

Holding the governance team to account

Creating a governance development plan

Relationship management

8. Training completed

Conflict management

Meeting management

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

External Review of Governance

Governance in a Local Governing Body

Governance leadership programme (DfE)

Trust board governance

Forming a Trust board

Forming a MAT

Joining a MAT