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Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses against the competency framework for governance with our downloadable skills audit. You can use your answers to identify your future development and training needs.

In order to help you and your board to implement the Department for Education's (DfE's) competency framework for governance in your working practices, we have developed a skills audit based on the 6 key competencies of the framework.

Use the skills audit

The audit is designed to help you and your board:

  • Evaluate strengths and weaknesses with regard to different areas of the framework
  • Identify development and training needs.

Prioritise those parts of the framework that are particularly important in your own trust's context - this is explained in the introductory text to the framework.

While the audit is based on the competencies the framework has listed for all members of the board of trustees, it should not be used as a checklist.

Trustee skills audit

It outlines the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed for effective governance in both maintained schools and academy trusts. Unlike the Academies Financial Handbook and Governance Handbook (also linked to at the top

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