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A Governor skills audit encourages the Board to bolster resources in the areas of key strategic importance to their School. As a result of a regular audit, the Board will have:
Octavo Governance has published a short guide:
There can be a temptation for skills’ audits to be seen as a tick box exercise by some Governors. When asked what the collated results tell their Board, some may comment: ‘not a lot’ or ‘we need someone with whatever skills are missing’.
At present, skills’ audits are most commonly used for Governor recruitment purposes, However, used properly, an effective skills’ audit will:
Ultimately, the process of running a regular skills’ audit for all Governors, and not just new recruits, encourages the Board to bolster resources in the areas of key strategic importance to their School. Ideally at the conclusion of the audit process, Governors will be able to summarise their findings and identify:
When completed, the results of individual skills’ audits should be aggregated to obtain a statistical view of the Board’s existing skills and knowledge base.
Step by step guide to completing a skills audit:
Finally, make sure it is not just a paper exercise!
For more information please contact
Caroline Davies, Improvement Adviser Governance, Octavo Partnership