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.

  • Operating a Governing Body with 'no committees'

    This article explores the emerging model of governance without committees. Ruth Murton reflects on her experiences, as chair, operating this system of governance and how effective it has been.

    June 2016

  • Academy Budget Setting - what do governors need to consider?

    Given the pressure on academy budgets there are a number of assumptions used in budgeting that governors need to be aware of and consider when approving their budgets.

    June 2016

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education Webinar (July 2016)

    This Better Governor webinar will focus on the newly published DfE Statutory guidance on Safeguarding for schools that comes into effect in September 2016. The early publication of this draft guidance has been timed to allow schools to become familiar with the changes, in readiness for implementation in September.

    June 2016

  • School inspection update, June 2016 - messages and reflections

    This month's Ofsted school inspection update reflects on the year so far with a focus on short inspections carried out in previously good schools.

    July 2016

  • English as an additional language - new assessment of pupils' proficiency

    The DfE will require all schools to categorise the stages of proficiency of the pupils who have English as an additional language. New statutory requirements will require this assessment to be completed and information returned annually.

    July 2016

  • Term-time holidays (podcast)

    Download and listen to this Better Governor podcast now to ensure that you are aware of the key issues on attendance, brought into the media spotlight recently, as a result of the High Court Ruling on term-time holidays from school...

    July 2016

  • Hot Topics Webinar (September 2016)

    The next Hot Topics webinar will take place at 7pm on September 8th and will be approximately 1 hour in duration. The webinar will cover an update on Ofsted inspections, governor details on Edubase, English as an additional language and School Financial Health Checks. Register here now to attend this next event....

    July 2016

  • The first 100 days of being a school governor

    This article looks at the first 100 days of being a school governor and what you need to know and do. Read more here.

    July 2016

  • 100 days as a school governor podcast

    This podcast explores what new school governors should be aware of and do in the first 100 days after their appointment/election.

    August 2016

  • AS level results – questions governors should be asking.

    The results from the new AS level qualifications, introduced in 2015, have now arrived. Governors in secondary schools will want clarity over their meaning and need to consider the questions these results raise. Read more...

    August 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.