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Appendix A - skills / experience required

Examples of skills / experience required to become a local authority governor.

Generic skills, knowledge and experience

  • School governance
  • Strategic planning
  • Self-evaluation and / or impact assessment
  • Data analysis
  • Experience of staff recruitment
  • Performance management (staff / organisation)
  • Community relations
  • Chairing / leadership
  • Coaching / mentoring
  • Negotiation and mediation
  • Handling complaints, grievances, appeals
  • Risk assessment

Local knowledge

  • Knowledge of the school
  • Knowledge of the local community
  • Knowledge of sources of relevant information / data
  • Knowledge of the local / regional economy and business

Specialist knowledge or experience

  • Financial management / accountancy
  • Estates (buildings and premises) management
  • Human resources expertise
  • Procurement / purchasing
  • Legal
  • ICT and / or management information systems
  • PR and marketing / commercial experience
  • Teaching and pedagogy
  • Special Educational Needs and disability
  • Children and young people services or activities
  • Health services
  • Safeguarding
  • Primary schools
  • Secondary schools
  • Project management
  • Health and safety
  • Quality Assurance.

There is an extensive training programme available so you will also be given the opportunity to develop any skills needed to support you in the role if necessary.