Claire Marshall selected to be a National Leader of Governance

WNO close upOur own Claire Marshall who is the Chair of Governors for James Brindley School and a governor at Rookery School – both in Birmingham, has been chosen for a National role supporting other Chairs of Governors to improve governance and school performance.

Claire 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).

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.

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 Claire are willing to step up and look beyond their own school in order to help others who will benefit from their support.”

In addition to her NLG role Claire can support schools with a Review of School Governance, training for governors and supporting governor recruitment.

For further information or to discuss Claire supporting your school, contact Claire by email via 

For more details about the NLG programme visit: National leaders of Governance : The Department for Education





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