About Me

As an independent consultant I have spent the past 30+ years working on school improvement, helping to achieve better outcomes for children.

I have worked extensively with local education authorities, individual schools & academies, multi academy trusts, the Department for Education (DFE), the National College for School Leadership (NCSL) & SSAT (The Schools Network) in all aspects of education.

The key focus of my career has been on supporting governing boards & leadership teams in addressing & overcoming the challenges they face.

Having devised & delivered nationally recognised improvement of governance programmes for schools/academies. Formerly a governor of 7 schools (primary, secondary & special) including chairing 2 IEBs, prior to becoming sponsored academies.

Consequently I understand the reality of governance. My interventions are therefore practical, and they get results.

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Providing advice & guidance at every stage of the recruitment and selection of headteachers & deputy heads.



Comprehensive set of services to help, improve and strengthen organisations including schools & authorities.



Providing services to help chairs of governers and school leaders build & strengthen their working relationships

My Resumé

Michele Robbins

Michele Robbins


Michele Robbins, helping trusts, governing bodies and leadership teams to build strong and effective governance.

Tel: 01235 533 142

Mobile: 07802 284 378

Why should you call me?

  • 12 years as an Education Officer (Schools)
  • 20 years freelance experience working with local authorities, schools and academies, training and advising middle leaders, leadership teams and governing boards
  • 11 years as a tutor and assessor for the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)
  • Extensive experience as a performance management consultant and external adviser

I have written many articles, guidance documents & publications including:

These books are published by Adamson Publishing and can be viewed or purchased by following these links:

Customised Support

  • Future proofing your MAT -for standalone academies and small MATs wishing to expand
  • Advice and guidance at every stage of the recruitment and selection of headteachers and deputy heads
  • External reviews of the effectiveness of individual governing bodies in preparation for, or following Ofsted.
  • Comprehensive audit of safeguarding policy, practice and impact

A post COVID 19 announcement

Since September 2020 I have been undertaking training, external reviews of governance and safeguarding audits via Zoom.

I'm also focusing more on Consultancy with a new programme called Future proofing.
It's designed for the following scenario's:

  • Schools and SATs considering forming or joining a MAT
  • MATs considering status quo or further expansion

My Fee is entireley dependent on the amount of work involved. Please dont hesitate to get in touch below.

The main benefits include:

  • removing the need for schools to have an extra visitor in the school
  • removing travel costs (and me spending 4-6 hours a day travelling)
  • enabling me to interact with schools anywhere in England
  • creating greater flexibility with the scheduling of interviews
  • mitigating the risk of me being locked down

The FUTURE of my Learning Support

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I'm 72 this year and thankfully fit and healthy, but who knows what decisions will be made that are out of our control for the forseeable future

I’ll in the main be concentrating on customised support including safeguarding audits and reviews of governance

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My Services

What training programs can I offer your organisation?

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Ofsted Inspection Preparation

Focusing on maximising and evidencing the contributions made by governing boards to the strategic leadership of schools, academies, trusts (2 hours)

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Safer Recruitment

An up to the minute programme based on the original DfE materials and significantly updated

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Getting to grips with governance

For recently appointed and elected governors and those wanting a refresher

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Leading in Governance

For chairs of governing boards, committees and aspiring chairs. Promoting distributed leadership to help maximise the impact of governance on school improvement (1 day)

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Clerking Matters

Maintained schools, academies, multi academy trusts, free schools, schools considering conversion. Practical insights into how a clerk promotes effective governance (1 day)

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To Outstanding and Beyond/Achieving Outstanding Governance

Designed to help schools, academies, MATs and free schools to secure school improvement. It is particularly helpful when preparing for Ofsted (Half day)

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Leading in Partnership

Designed to enable headteachers and chairs of governing boards to strengthen their working relationship and improve the effectiveness of governance (1 day)

Client Testimonials

  • "Attended your session at King Charles centre in Surbiton today on 'Getting to grips with Governance'. Just wanted to say briefly how useful I found it and that I feel much better prepared to make a much more positive contribution to my Academy Trust Board. "

    Primary School Governor. October 2019

  • "I have an enquiry about your (excellent) Safer Recruitment training course that I attended in September at LDBS. Does the course cover what is included in level 1 safeguarding training? A school where I do a bit of work asked if I have a level 1 course certificate from the last 12 months and wondered if this would suffice. I often recommend your or Helen Ridding's safer recruitment training to those requiring a sound grounding in safeguarding; of the numerous courses I've attended over the years it's been by far the most informative and useful training I've received on this important subject. In addition, thank you for sending your safeguarding audit template from Merton. Our safeguarding committee is now using it as a maintenance tool for the time between our independent biennial safeguarding audit and it is proving invaluable and extremely reassuring! "

    Governor London Primary School. November 2019

  • "I attended your session "Leading in Partnership" last month at the LDBS, having taken on the Chair role at our school three days earlier. The session was extremely useful. It really helped crystallise some of the ideas that our HT and I had been kicking around about how to improve the functioning of our GB, and now that we are starting to put some of it into practice it is very convenient to be able to blame it all on you! The reason for getting in touch is that I seem to recall that you might have some model committee terms of reference that you could share. If so it would be really useful to have sight of them, as I suspect that ours may have over time diverged somewhat from the ideal. "

    Chair of Governors London Primary School. October 2019

  • "I am sorry to hear that you will be stepping back in 18 months, (this might not now be the case. MR),you are such a force of wisdom and skill and experience - it will be a great loss! I have passed on the GB framework to my chair and will get back to you on this. The SG audit is a huge help, thank you so much. Warmest wishes as always. "

    Headteacher London Primary School. October 2019

  • "Thanks for the training last night. Hope that you got back home safely…I had some lovely feedback this morning from Oxxxx school… are you happy for me to forward your electronic powerpoint to her or would you rather I didn’t? Just wanted to check first. "

    Headteacher. London Primary School. October 2019

  • "I recommend your Section 11 Audit tool to all the schools across Kingston and Richmond. Is there a new one taking into account KCSIE 2019? Many thanks."

    Schools Co-ordinator (Safeguarding) London. September 2019

  • " Many thanks for sending me the update (safeguarding audit proforma) in readiness for the new academic year. I will have Ofsted at some point this year and this will be the directing document I use to steer the school. The previous audit has given me confidence that we are in a good place. Thank you for all the work you do. It should not be underestimated that what you do and the support you give governors and school leaders will have had a direct result in keeping children safe already! "

    Primary Head Wandsworth. July 2018.

  • " I wanted to thank you for your support over the last two years, particularly in sharing your safeguarding audit, which I know has improved safeguarding practice in schools across Richmond and Kingston - so thank you! "

    LSCB Co-ordinator. July 2018

  • " A fantastic opportunity to reflect on my leadership styles and how I have altered them in the past year or so. Also how I can continue to grow as a leader from a team member/manager. It was also a wonderful opportunity to sit with SLT/ML colleagues in the school as I don’t often get the opportunity. "

    Middle leader Ealing Primary school - following a workshop of middle and senior leaders. June 2018.

  • " I had really good verbal feedback from my leaders and they enjoyed your training – thank you. An excellent use of cover time and their day, I felt. Thank you for tailor making it for our school. I will scan in and send you the feedback forms too – 100% feel that it will positively impact on their roles! I am so glad I met you in Antigua and won’t hesitate to use you again (or recommend you). "

    Head Primary School. June 2018

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