The Education & Training Foundation has launched a governance maturity matrix. With support from Nottingham Trent University and the Skills & Education Group, interviews, focus groups and expert panel sessions consisting of a wide variety of sector membership, were held to develop further the thinking behind the initial maturity matrix which was a result of a FETL research project
This matrix is a practical tool for reflection on current organisational performance against a range of indicators of good governance, and it demonstrates how boards can develop governance to a level of maturity that makes it both impactful and sustainable.
A current assessment of maturity can be built on by setting a maturity target, which is the level of maturity the college would want to achieve within an agreed period. The board can then put in place a developmental programme to facilitate a strengthening of institutional governance and leadership over a longer period of time.
The dynamic nature of the modern board and other leadership positions within a further education institution, increases the need to quickly assimilate an effective governance model. This governance maturity matrix represents a pathway that is in keeping with this need.