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.

  • GCSE key changes- what governors need to know

    GCSEs are changing; this article explores when the changes will occur and what the implications of the government's reforms are.

    January 2016

  • Joining or forming a Multi-Academy Trust - what do governing bodies need to consider?

    The government's academy agenda is here to stay. Governing bodies of schools who have not converted are as a minimum looking at what it would mean for their school. What should they be considering? What questions should they be asking?

    January 2016

  • The role of the Regional Schools Commissioners - what governors need to know

    The Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC) role was established from September 2014 and is still developing. This article explores the existing roles of RSCs and the forthcoming changes to their responsibilities and powers....

    February 2016

  • Financial School Performance subscriber podcast

    Financial School Performance subscriber podcast

    February 2016

  • The Prevent Duty - Podcast

    This subscriber podcast explores The Prevent Duty and and what it means to schools. It provides governors and clerks, in maintained schools and academies with a quick, easy-to-understand overview of what governors need to know about Prevent and how to ensure that schools are responding to this vital element of safeguarding.

    March 2016

  • Consultation on the proposed new 'schools national funding formula'

    This article summarises the DfE consultation on the development of a new schools national funding formula.

    March 2016

  • Hot Topics Webinar (April 2016)

    This webinar will focus on current Hot Topics in education, ensuring that governors and clerks are aware of the key developments in legislation, policy and practice, that are specifically relevant to the work of governing bodies in maintained schools, academies, free schools and non-maintained free schools.

    April 2016

  • Safeguarding podcast

    This Better Governor podcast focuses on the key elements of safeguarding in schools and what school governors and clerks need to know about it.

    May 2016

  • Hot Topics Webinar (June 2016)

    With the Queen's Speech, last week, we now have more detailed information on how the government plans to take forward some of the announcements made in the White Paper, Educational Excellence Everywhere, in late March. We will issue a full list of the topics to be covered nearer the time.

    May 2016

  • Collaboration between schools podcast

    This podcast is a discussion between two highly experienced governors sharing their views on the options and benefits of schools working more closely together and the key issues around schools collaborating.

    June 2016


Hot Topics webinar May 2019

This Better Governor webinar was an opportunity for all those involved in governance, in maintained schools and academies to get up to speed with what is happening in education that is specifically relevant to governors, trustees and clerks. The session was an invaluable preparation for Governing Body and Trust Board meetings this term. This terms topics included: * New Relationship & Sex Education Guidance (DfE) * New Teacher Recruitment Website * New Related Party Transactions reporting requirements for Academy Trusts * New Interactive School Financial Value Standard (SFVS) 2019-20 * DfE funding to schools for Teachers' Pension increases This webinar was facilitated by our governance experts Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn and was a mix of input from them together with opinion polls and questions from governors.