Talbot Heath

National Role for Chair of Governors


Graham Exon who is Chair of Governors at Talbot Heath Independent School for Girls and St Michael's Primary School, Bournemouth has been chosen for a national role supporting other chairs of governors to improve governance and school performance.


Graham is one of only 54 governors to be appointed to the role of National Leader of Governance (NLG) in the latest recruitment round by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).


Successful candidates were invited to attend a formal induction and training event for the role.


National Leaders of Governance are highly effective chairs of governors who will use their skills and experience to support chairs of governors in schools and academies for a variety of reasons. The chair may be new, governors may want to focus more on school improvement, or need support in dealing with significant strategic challenges – for example becoming a federation or converting to academy status.


They will provide coaching and can support their counterparts in a range of different ways – for example in using data effectively to improve school performance or by providing more effective support and challenge for their headteacher.


Graham Exon, said: “I am delighted to be part of this initiative that supports the importance of excellent governance within our schools. The spreading of best practice is one way in which school governance can be strengthened and focused on increasing the progress and achievement of our students.”


The role builds on the success of NCTL’s National Leaders of Education (NLE) programme where headteachers use their proven success as school leaders to provide additional leadership in struggling schools. In some cases National Leaders of Governance may be partnered with an NLE.


The latest milestone brings the overall number of National Leaders of Governance across the country to just over 300, rising to more than 500 by April 2015.


Charlie Taylor, Chief Executive of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said: “Governors play an essential role as leaders in our schools - they are the people who appoint headteachers and hold them to account.


“High-quality governance is vital for improving school performance and it is fantastic that chairs of governors like Graham are willing to step up and look beyond their own school in order to help others who will benefit from their support.”


For more details about the NLG programme visit: Nationalleaders of governance : The Department for Education

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