BPSI Governance reviews

The purpose of the BPSI Governance Reviews is to support your school in its improvement journey by helping you and your governing body to identify priorities for development and provide guidance on next steps.

 

Each type of review is brokered in a spirit of collaboration and aims to assist your governing body to become more effective by demonstrating a balance between support and challenge of the leadership of the school. The expectation is that there will be areas of strength to be recognised and points for development to be identified.

 

 

There are three options available to schools:

1. BPSI Governance Review

 

A suitably trained Lead Reviewer, and Governor Reviewer will undertake this full review of governance with the Chair of Governors and the Head teacher (other governors of the school may also be involved).  The Lead Reviewer will be a BPSI adviser, who has Ofsted experience or are a National Leader of Governance (NLG).

 

The Lead Reviewer will be accompanied by a Governor Reviewer. The Governor Reviewer will be acting in an entirely supportive capacity. All Governor Reviewers have received training on the review process from BPSI and are chairs or vice chairs of a good or outstanding school who have also been recommended by their headteacher. 

 

The Lead Reviewer will ensure that there are no issues regarding conflict of interest in the choice of Governor Reviewer.

The Chair of Governors will receive a final written report which will be completed by the Lead Reviewer after the on-site part of the review.


The school will be charged 10 BPSI Hours

 

BPSI Governance Review - V07 - May 2017

2. BPSI Governance Review Follow up

 

A Governance Review Follow Up will either be planned for at the conclusion of a BPSI Governance Review or can be requested at any time following an External Review of Governance by BPSI or any other individual or provider.

The process is designed to focus on delivery against the original Governance Review Action Plan and to identify next steps for the Governing Body. It can provide assurance for Governing Bodies where the school is in ‘Requires Improvement’ that progress has been made against actions contained within the original action plan and can also provide a renewed focus for continued improvement.

 

The Reviewer will examine how embedded change is within the Governing Body and whether actions taken are sustained. At the conclusion of the process the Reviewer will provide an updated RAG rated report with further recommendations if required.

 

The BPSI Governance Review Follow Up is conducted by one reviewer (see the below for the available reviewers) and concludes with a written Action Plan for the school.

 

The school will be charged 3 BPSI Hours

 

BPSI Governance Review Follow Up - V05 - July 2015
 

3. BPSI Governance Healthcheck

 

The BPSI Governance Healthcheck is a supportive process that helps the Governing Body to better understand their strengths and areas for development, through a facilitated self-review. During the Healthcheck the Reviewer leads the Governing Body in answering 28 key questions (drawn from NGA '20 Questions a Governing Body should ask itself' with some additions where OFSTED tend to focus)  The questions cover all aspects of good governance.

 

It is part of the Reviewer’s job to ensure there is full participation from all Governors; that everyone is able to share their views fully, and openly, and that a consensus is built so that ultimately there is an agreed action plan at the end of the process.  For this reason it is important that as many members of the Governing Body as possible can attend the Healthcheck meeting.

 

The BPSI Governance Healthcheck is conducted by one reviewer (see below for the available reviewers) and concludes with a written Action Plan for the school.

 

The school will be charged 5 BPSI Hours


BPSI Governance Healthcheck - V05 - July 2015
 

How to arrange a BPSI Governance Review

Decide which review you want

 

Have a read of the explanations and documents above and decide which 'product' is right for your school.

 

Full BPSI Governance Review

a) Read the pen pictures of the BPSI advisers who are OfSTED Inspectors or National Leaders of Governance (NLG) (see the list below).  Decide who you would like to lead your Full Governance review and make contact with them and agree the date of your Governance review.  Advisers' contact details are available on the BPSI Members Area or from the BPSI Business Support Team (details below).

 

b) BPSI will arrange which 'colleague governors' (see the list below) will support the BPSI Adviser during your Full Governance review.  If you have any strong views (for example you could be close friends with a person on the list and feel their inclusion on the team would be inappropriate) then urgently contact the BPSI Business Support Team (details below).

All conversations will be held in confidence.

 

c) Once you have agreed the date with the BPSI Adviser who will lead the Full Governance review, the BPSI Business Support team will then liaise with all interested parties to ensure your review takes place.

 

BPSI Governance Review Follow up or Healthcheck

Read the pen pictures of the BPSI advisers who have OfSTED experience or are a National Leaders of Governance (NLG) (see the list below).  Decide who you would like to lead your Governance Review Follow Up or Healthcheck and make contact with them and agree the date of your review.  Advisers' contact details are available on the BPSI Members Area or from the BPSI Business Support Team (details below).

 

BPSI Advisers who can lead a BPSI Governance Review (all have OfSTED experience)

Margaret Julia Goodchild

Margaret Julia Goodchild is a highly experienced educational consultant with over 20 years’ experience of leading school inspections. She is experienced in inspecting and supporting nursery, primary, secondary and special schools and PRUs, and undertaking quality assurance work for inspection service providers. She has wide cross-phase teaching and advisory experience and was a Senior Lecturer in Education at Middlesex University with a national role in SEN and EAL. She has been an External Adviser for the Performance Management of Headteachers, and an Advanced Skills Teacher assessor. She is a published writer of EYFS materials for parents and practitioners and of school self-evaluation materials. She has particular expertise in relation to special educational needs and alternative provision and is currently Hertfordshire Improvement Partner for 16 special schools and pupil referral units. She is a fully trained counsellor as well as being an educationalist. Margaret is able to provide the following services to schools: school improvement reviews focusing on whole school effectiveness or aspects of provision chosen by the school; governance reviews; early years’ reviews; headteacher appraisal; coaching for senior and middle leaders; support for school leaders in improving teaching and learning, including through joint lesson observations, and in the use of self-evaluation for continuous school improvement.

Helen Morrison

Helen Morrison is currently a Learning Network Inspector for Barnet Local Authority and a School Inspector. Helen was previously headteacher of a large Primary in Barnet.  During her time at the school, Helen has led the school successfully through two Ofsted Inspections, the last inspection team judging the school as Outstanding. Helen has a particular interest in effective leadership structures and enjoys supporting schools to identify and plan for school improvement. Helen has direct experience of leading major change and  has led on the amalgamation of two schools as well as experience of leading major building projects, including school expansion. Helen's Ofsted work enables her to have an up to date understanding of what Oustanding school effectiveness looks like. She enjoys supporting schools in their drive to achieve and maintain this across all aspects of school life.

Miranda Perry

Miranda Perry has held senior positions in the primary, secondary and advisory education sector. She has considerable experience as a lead Ofsted inspector for primary and secondary schools. She works as an education consultant for government research trials, as a school improvement partner for local authorities and with schools who want to develop 'beyond outstanding'.  She runs a range of courses and workshops for BPSI on, for example, effective self-evaluation and school improvement planning, interpreting RoL and impactful interventions.
Her qualifications include NPQH, a research MA in public sector change, Diplomas in Counselling, and Change Management.
Miranda can offer the following support: SEF and SIP writing; data analysis, use of data, and interpretation of RoL; school reviews, headteacher appraisal; impactful interventions and feedback, effective work scrutiny; effective monitoring of teaching and learning; improving progress of groups; 'beyond outstanding'.

Bronwen Tumani

Bronwen Tumani is a NLG (National Leader of Governance) and provides support for Chairs and Governing Bodies in a range of different circumstances. She is currently Chair of Governors at Foulds Primary School in High Barnet, which was judged Outstanding by OFSTED in all categories in May 2013. Bronwen has a strong background in governance, having held various leadership roles for over 15 years in the Ministry of Justice. Between 2010-2014 she was a Non-Executive Director for the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Mental Health Trust, where she served on the Governance & Risk Management, and Audit Committees. During this time she participated in a number of Board level Homicide Inquiries and an organisational wide Governance Review. Bronwen is also highly experienced in recruitment and works for the Judicial Appointments Commission recruiting judges and tribunal members for courts and tribunals. Bronwen can assist with all matters relating to governance including conducting Governance Reviews; providing support for new Chairs of Governors and training for Governing Bodies; advising on Headteacher recruitment and helping Governors prepare for OFSTED.

 

Paul Whitcombe

Paul Whitcombe is an experienced and highly successful primary headteacher and has worked in schools within a range of contexts.  In addition, Paul has extensive experience of managing changes in school structures including successful federation and conversion to academy, and has been a  CEO of a Multi Academy Trust.  Other work includes consultancy, work as a school improvement partner and Paul currently works as a school inspector.  Paul enjoys providing high quality professional development to schools through mentoring and training.  Paul achieved a distinction in the Professional Qualification for School Inspection and has achieved NPQH.  Paul has supported new Headteachers and provided performance management for senior leaders.

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BPSI Colleague Governors who can support a BPSI Governance Review
(all have engaged in training)

Mark Chapman

Mark Chapman has been a school governor for eight years and is currently Chair of governors at a Barnet primary school. He is also a parent governor at a large secondary school in Haringey where he takes a particular responsibility for Inclusion and SEN.  Away from school governance Mark has had a successful 30-year career in technology, general and board-level management.

Lynne Evans

Lynne Evans is able to provide support and advice for governors, with specific emphasis on turning around their governing bodies and providing the best possible support for their schools.

 

Lynne was appointed Chair of Governors at St Johns CE Primary School (N20) November 2015 after becoming a governor for the first time in December 2014.  During her first year of office, Lynne proactively sought information and learned about school governance with the primary aim of being the very best that she could be in this important voluntary role. 

 

In the first year, the governing board oversaw the appointment of a new Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and whole school restructure and a rapid school improvement. The second year in office, Lynne led the governors through a successful OFSTED and SIAMS review.

 

Lynne is passionate about effective governance and has worked hard to ensure that the right skills are on her own governing body, that best practice is resolutely followed, there is always a cohesive Governor Action Plan in place and that an excellent relationship is in place with the Senior Leadership Team, built on robust challenge, trust and respect.

Imogen Hall

Imogen Hall has been a governor of St John’s C of E Primary School since 2014 and Vice Chair since November 2016, first elected as a parent governor and then nominated by the PCC to be a foundation governor. She currently chairs the Teaching & Learning Sub-Committee as well being a member of the Personnel Committee and the Admissions Committee, and works closely with the Chair on ensuring the governing body is using best practice. This includes leading the annual governance action plan, attending training each term and reaching out to other governing bodies on a regular basis. During Imogen’s tenure as governor, she has helped transform the governing body of St John’s into one and participated in LA reviews and an OFSTED inspection. Professionally Imogen worked as a publisher for a global travel brand for 16 years and now manages social media accounts. Imogen is passionate about good communication, having a clear strategy and the governing body being the very best it can be.

Keith Hill

Keith Hill has been a governor at Woodridge Primary School since 2012. As chair he completed the National College’s Chairs of Governors programme in 2014. In his current role as co-vice chair he facilitates an annual self-review of the Governing Body’s effectiveness and oversees its resulting development plan.

Keith’s background is in education. During more than 25 years experience as a teacher and headteacher he was a governor in primary schools in Ealing, Hackney and Islington. He subsequently worked as a national policy adviser, teacher educator and curriculum consultant. Since retiring in 2013 he supported various organisations with the implementation of the new national curriculum, developed a curriculum for “out of school” learners for UNICEF in Botswana and regularly provides voluntary consultancy to an NGO working with marginalised communities in Kosovo.

Lesley Ludlow

Lesley Ludlow is a governor at Moss Hall Infant School in Finchley, a school judged outstanding at its last inspection. She has been a governor there for 14 years, starting out as a Parent Governor and then becoming a Community Governor. She is chair of the Governing Body, chair of the Resources and Premises Committee, a member of the Personnel and Pay committee and has just joined the Barnet Schools Forum. Lesley recognises that the role of a governor has changed significantly in recent years and has a strong commitment to helping governors to understand those changes and encouraging them to develop their skills to carry out their responsibilities successfully. This has led her to develop the Governing Body’s induction programme and a Governor’s Handbook. Underpinning her commitment to good governance is her belief that governors must keep the needs of children at the heart of their work. 

Louise Ross

Louise Ross has been a governor of Woodridge Primary School since 2014 and Chair since 2018.  Louise is a member of the Pupil, Staff and Curriculum committee, as well as a member of the Resources committee and Link Governor for Safeguarding and Pupil Premium.  During her time as governor Louise has participated in an OFSTED inspection and appointed a new head teacher.  Louise has also been responsible for the induction of new governors to ensure the smooth working and transition of a governing body.  Louise is heavily involved in strategic and development planning for her governing body.  Louise is a Solicitor by profession and brings legal and business skills to her role as a governor, as well as a keen interest in improving the prospects of all pupils.

Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons is in her fourth year as Chair of Governors at Sunnyfields Primary School. She started as a Parent Governor and has been a governor for 14 years. She became a Co-opted Governor 3 years ago. She sits on the Resources Committee and Standards Committee and has served on the Headteacher's Performance Management Panel and other governor panels. She has also sat on two Headteacher Recruitment Panels and been involved in the school's Ofsted Inspection in January 2017. Tracy has enjoyed helping to shape the Governing Board to become more strategic and supportive of the Headteacher, encouraging governors to undertake training and targeting skills gaps. Her aim is to build a Board of Governors that is skillful, professional, challenging and supportive, with the needs of the children at the centre of everything they do. Tracy works for a small Multi-Academy Trust based in Hertfordshire which has given her a useful insight into the workings of MATs. Working with the academies within the MAT has enabled some sharing of best practice to the benefit of her Primary school.

​Lisa Sturley

Lisa Sturley was appointed Chair of Governors at St Joseph’s school in October 2016. Prior to this Lisa was Chair of Governors at Catherine’s School in High Barnet, which was judged outstanding by OFSTED in all categories in 2009.  Lisa has been a Governor for 12 years and became Chair of Governors in 2009.  During her time at St Catherine’s she has participated in two OFSTED inspections, appointed two head teachers, has overseen a large building project and has dealt with most issues that are escalated to the Governing Body in primary schools. Lisa also supported the Chair, Head and Governing Body at St Theresa’s Primary School during a particularly difficult period  and was interviewed by HMI inspectors when the school was judged as Good.
Lisa’s career has centred around risk and compliance.

Lisa understands that effective school governance is achieved through having the right skills on a Governing Body, that the Governing Body works effectively and efficiently and that a good working relationship is built with the Head Teacher and other governors.  It is essential that statistical evidence supports the school’s judgements and Governors understand and challenge the information provided.  Lisa enjoys her role as Chair of Governors and would like to share best practice.

Ruth Taylor

Ruth taught Reception and Year One before becoming a governor in 2005. She was Chair of Governors for St Margaret’s Nursery School’s third consecutive Outstanding Ofsted, and led the Governing Body at Trent CE Primary School through Outstanding Ofsted and SIAMS inspections in November 2016.
Ruth has a real skill in supporting school leaders through change with sensitivity and understanding. She has been on interview panels for the appointments of Headteachers, Children’s Centre Co-ordinators, Deputy Headteachers and other staff across the school. She has also been involved in establishing and staffing a Children’s Centre, and in the federation of 3 outstanding schools.
It is Ruth’s clarity of thinking, and natural ability to solve problems that enables leaders to get to the heart of what will make a difference to their school. Her strong interpersonal skills, being open and approachable, allow her to deliver challenging messages with an honesty that all her Headteachers have valued. She has a genuine desire to get the best out of, and for, staff, children and families.

Ruth’s effectiveness as Chair of governors, was recognised by Ofsted:
“The commitment of governors to the school’s culture of high aspirations, respect for others and for learning is without question. They share the headteacher’s passion for excellence with humanity and use their role to reinforce the high-quality relationships across the school.”
 

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