Duncan Haworth

Designated NLG: May 2013  Duncan Haworth

Contact Details: phaworth@whieldon-blythe.co.uk

Current Governance Roles:

School: Woodfall Primary School, Cheshire West and Chester (chair)
Governor since: 1997
Status: Maintained Primary School
Ofsted: November 2014 (outstanding)

School: Neston High School, Cheshire West and Chester
Governor since: 2005
Status: Secondary Academy (converted 2012)
Ofsted: May 2013 (good)

School: Ysgol Sandycroft Primary School, Flintshire
Governor since: 2012
Status: Maintained Primary School
Estyn: May 2014 current performance: good prospects for improvement: excellent

Other Relevant Experience:

  • Secretary, Cheshire West and Chester Governors’ Association
  • Former Board Trustee of the National Governors’ Association, Treasurer from 2010 to 2013, Chair from Nov 2013 to Nov 2014

Deployment Experience:

(1) Maintained primary school that subsequently became part of a MAT

NLG for school after going into special measures. Significant difficulties around the role of Chair which ended with them resigning. School subsequently became part of MAT and was NLG to the MAT until the school had been stabilized and felt able to work on own

(2) Secondary academy

Became NLG to new Chair after issues in school. Continued to be significant issues across school and with Principal. Deployment finished with the resignation of the Chair after 6 months.

(3) Primary (VC) school

NLG for school in RI, helping chair to ensure smooth transition back to “good” for the school. Still deployed here.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Leadership effectiveness, coaching and support
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Pupil performance and data management
  • Effective head teacher performance management
  • Financial management of school budgets and taking hard financial decisions
  • Training and partnership
  • Impact review and governance effectiveness, especially when difficult message to be given and heard

Other Relevant Information

Very regularly, as Secretary of governing body association, has over many years, helped schools and governors to understand issues and offer a way forward.

Available to Conduct Reviews of Governance?

Yes

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