What skills are relevant?

Many skills are well associated with school governance.

Those with expertise in the following

  • Finance
  • Legal
  • HR
  • Education
  • IT
  • Health and Safety
  • Project management

When you join the board, you’ll be asked to complete a skills audit. It’s likely that you’ll be asked to complete this once a year.

The skills audit helps the board to identify the skills it currently has in possession, and where it might be lacking.

Any gaps can be addressed through training or recruitment.


Developing new skills

School governance is a varied role. While governors are called on to use their existing skills to support the school, they will also need to learn and practice new skills.

This provides a great opportunity for governors to acquire new competencies to take back to the workplace.

Many governors report being asked to do the following for the first time:

  • Sitting on a recruitment panel
  • Undertaking appraisal
  • Risk management exercises

We researched the skills governors develop in the role, and how this benefits them at work. Read the full report.