Ruth Murton

Ruth is an associate with the Governance Consultancy Team at Babcock 4S. She has had a lifetime career within the education sector, delivering services to schools and major education projects on behalf of business and government; including over 10 years’ experience within a government agency and central government.

From starting as a parent governor in the late 1980s, Ruth has seen and been involved first hand in the rollercoaster of change in education both through her professional life and her work as a governor.  Since then, she has been a governor in a variety of schools in both Surrey and Hampshire. She is currently Chair of the Governing Body at West Byfleet Junior School, Vice-Chair of the Governing Body/the Academy Trust at Collingwood College, an 11-18 converter academy in Camberley, Surrey, with almost 1,900 pupils. In October 2015 she became a founder member of the KITE primary Multi-Academy Trust consisting of five schools.

She has been a Local Authority Additionally Appointed Governor in a number of schools. As a member of the Surrey Schools Forum, she was part of the task force looking at ‘deprivation funding’ for 16/17.

Ruth’s experience of school governance is put to good use and she is currently heavily involved in reviewing, supporting and helping improve the effectiveness of governing bodies in a number of schools. Ruth has significant experience in leading and contributing to training sessions, conferences and courses for school leaders, business managers, governors and clerks to governors not only in Surrey but also across several London boroughs. Her most recent projects include supporting schools in a whole-school approach to developing their vision and values. She regularly works with SGOSS supporting recruitment of new governors from business and has appeared on national television to promote the importance of people with business skills volunteering to become governors.

A qualified professional marketeer, Ruth holds the NVQ Level 5/Diploma in School Business Management, and works with school leaders reviewing business administration functions driving an efficient and effective back office culture.

Ruth has conducted a number of Reviews of Governance across both primary and secondary phase schools and academies; including special schools and short stay schools. Holder of a Certificate of Coaching, she regularly provides one-to-one coaching for school leaders and governors.

  • Headteacher Appraisal and Salary Review:

    Subscriber content: Guidance for governing body Headteacher Appraisal Panels with information they need when carrying out their Headteacher Appraisal and reviewing the Headteacher's salary.

    July 2015

  • Safer Recruitment E-learning Programme

    Make recruitment safe in your school with this 90-minute personnel online training course. It will support your personnel teams to make recruitment safe in your school and deliver HR function in line with your statutory responsibilities

    July 2015

  • Outcomes for Pupils

    Subscriber content: This training pack will provide any experienced governor with the tools they need to deliver this interactive training to their Governing Body in school.

    July 2015

  • Ofsted Short Inspections VIDEO

    This subscriber video explores the key implications of the new Ofsted short inspections for governors in maintained schools, academies and free schools in England.

    October 2015

  • New Ofsted Framework VIDEO

    This subscriber content video outlines the key changes in new Ofsted framework introduced in September 2015. Its focus is on what governors in maintained schools, academies and free schools in England need to know. This video applies to Governors in maintained schools, academies and free schools in England.

    October 2015

  • Academies Financial Handbook - Podcast

    A short audio podcast outlining the key changes that governors and clerks should be aware of, within the September 2015 version of the Academies Financial Handbook.

    October 2015

  • Academy Trusts - What is the role of 'members'?

    A think piece on the members in an academy trust and the role that they play.

    October 2015

  • DfE guidance on the use of social media and the threat to schools

    Social media and its use in radicalisation of children and young people.

    October 2015

  • Disadvantaged pupils - what governors need to know?

    This article explores how we define 'disadvantaged pupil' in our schools and what it means in relation to 'closing the gap'. Most importantly, how do governors ensure that no child is left behind?

    November 2015

  • Intervening in failing, underperforming and coasting schools - a government consultation

    Intervening in failing, underperforming and coasting schools - a government consultation was launched 21 October 2015 and closes 18 December 2015. (This consultation does not apply to academies)

    November 2015

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Better Governor webinar - New to Chairing 22nd August

This Better Governor webinar is aimed at those governors who are; new to chairing, about to take up the role of chair, and vice chairs considering the role. The session is equally relevant for those in maintained schools, academies or free schools. We will focus on the role of the chair and key aspects of this including effective working with the headteacher and clerk to the governing board, as well as reflecting on how the chair provides strong leadership within the expectations that government has of the role. The webinar will be facilitated by our two governance experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn and will be a mix of expert input, opinion polls and the opportunity to ask questions.