About Me

As an independent consultant I have spent the past 28 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. Formally 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 governing boards 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 partnerships.

Tel: 01235 533 142

Tel: 07802 284 378

Why should you call me?

  • Twelve years as an Education Officer (Schools)
  • 16 years free lance experience working with local authorities, schools and academies, training and advising middle leaders, leadership teams and governing boards
  • Eleven 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

  • 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. MATs have also benefited from reviews of their governance structures.
  • Comprehensive audit of safeguarding policy, practice and impact
  • Input to Away Days, INSETs and Conferences

I provide a wide range of training in-school for teaching and support staff teams, and governing bodies covering a range of issues.

  • Whole school self-evaluation
  • Governing body self-evaluation
  • Strategic planning
  • Teambuilding
  • Developing/ reviewing shared values and vision
  • Engaging with parents, pupils and the community
  • Promoting pupil voice (this can be delivered to school councillors

My Services

What training programs can I offer your organisation?

offsted inspection

Ofsted Inspection Preparation (2 hours)

Focusing on maximising and evidencing the contributions made by governing boards to the strategic leadership of schools/academies.

safer recuitment

Safer Recruitment

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

getting grips

Getting to grips with governance

For recently appointed and elected governors and those wanting a refresher.

taking the chair

Taking the Chair

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

clerking matters

Clerking Matters

For maintained schools, academies, multi academy trusts, free schools and schools considering conversion. Providing practical insights into how the clerk can promote effective governance (1 day).

outstanding governance

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)

leading in partnership

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

  • "Thank you ...for the training yesterday. You genuinely made it engaging and interactive. If I’m honest, the thought of 7 hours of training on safer recruitment filled me with dread but I should have known better. Your training is always focused and purposeful and I think spending a longer period of time has definitely enabled me to really think about what safer recruitment means for my school rather than just ticking a box."

    Principal Secondary Academy Wandsworth December 2017

  • "Thank you for your really informative and thought provoking in several respects presentation on Governance last week 27/6/17) I really enjoyed it! Further to our brief discussion, I am writing to request copies of the documents you referred to as these will support me in my review of related aspects at my academy."

    Secondary Head Barnet following workshop for MAT heads, trustees and governors. July ‘17

  • "I was going to write anyway to say thank you for your input into the above, which I thought was very helpful indeed. I did mention it positively to LA colleagues as well, but they said that they already knew you were great!

    I found the day a combination of really refreshing to hear, and also very concerning in terms of some of our gaps. There were some bits where you confirmed my sense of things, some where you provided some helpful tools to allow us to relatively straightforwardly up our game, but also some things that felt concerning."

    Governor West London Primary School following external review of governance and workshop. ​January 2017

  • "Just wanted to say what a brilliant day I had Saturday. Michelle is utterly amazing, I don't think I have ever attended a training workshop before (and at my age I attended quite a few!) and felt so engaged. The day was so well structured, informative and presented with such knowledge and passion that at 3pm I found myself wishing we could carry on for a few more hours. I don't think there was a single person in the room who didn't leave feeling 100% more confident and capable than when they first walked in to the room."

    Governor after induction course N London Borough. February 2017.

  • "Everywhere I go I'm hearing that name and being told of the positive outcome from her work."

    HMI in conversation with secondary school head. March 2016.

  • "Many years ago I attended a session you ran on introduction to governance, which I thought was the best facilitated and most beneficial session I have ever attended in any professional, personal or school governor context. Hence, I thought I would enquire if you are able to facilitate some training for our FGB on these specific points. If this is feasible, please let me know. "

    Primary Chair LBHF London regarding a one day workshop for the full board and SLT. June '17

  • "Your attached document is brilliant! I just needed some concrete type of examples to get started with, and the ones you have shared are perfect, so thank you very much. I met with the chair this morning to discuss our SEF and she would also like to extend her thanks for both for the excellent Leading in Partnership course and for your advice and support."

    Primary Head Richmond. March '17

  • "Just to let you know that the High School Governors really appreciated the 'Safeguarding Principles, Policies and Practice' session provided by Michele Robbins last night.
    Michele is a very competent and reassuring trainer. The session was well designed to enable discussion and as always the Governors were able to identify current good practice and some 'could be even better' pointers."

    Clerk relaying feedback after workshop at a North London Special School

  • "Feedback has been brilliant, nothing less than excellent, and my colleague who attended last night, said he was very impressed and got a great deal from it. "

    Head of Governors Services, North London Borough following workshop on ‘To outstanding and beyond’. November 2017

  • "Over the years I have met and worked with many Consultants - you are one of the two whose knowledge, expertise, values and character have my full respect and appreciation. You carry your experience lightly, you guide with care and gentleness and you challenge appropriately and with care for those you need your challenge. Our shared experience at X School was a massive learning process for me, and I am full of admiration for the way you led us through what had the potential to be very unpleasant and painful experience for all. Your personality brought the staff (most of them, anyway), the pupils and parents through to a conclusion that has worked well for all of those concerned"

    Colleague on an Interim Executive Board with me at a school transitioning to academy status October 2017

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