Purpose of NCER Chair


Ensure that NCER continues to be the foremost organisation in the area of educational performance data analysis for local authorities.

Internal Effectiveness

Provide strategic direction and leadership to the NCER through chairing the core NCER meetings, and promote effective professional relationships within NCER (and between its suppliers and strategic partners in local and national government.

External Connections

The NCER Chair will be an external ambassador for NCER and will work to ensure that strategic partners outside local authorities understand and support the work that NCER does. NCER’s strategic partners include the DfE, Ofsted, ADCS, Solace, the LGA and NPIMG.

Raise Awareness

In work with ADCS and the LGA in particular, the NCER Chair will work to ensure that senior and strategic managers are aware of, and promote the effective use of, NCER products within their local authorities.

Use Existing Experience

The NCER Chair will normally be a local authority senior officer with responsibility in the area of school improvement, or a recently retired colleague with a similar background, with a view to enabling effective linkages between management information specialists and school improvement specialists. The NCER Chair must have, or be able rapidly to develop, credibility at national level with NCER’s strategic partners.

Responsibilities of NCER Chair

1. Strategy & Direction
Provide strategic direction and leadership to the NCER and its membership, including providing leadership to, and where appropriate chairing, the core NCER meetings (meetings of the NCER Board, the NCER Steering Group, General Meetings of the NCER, and the NCER Strategic Reference Group).
2. Govern & Oversee Meetings
With the Secretary, manage the core NCER meetings and promote effective professional relationships both within the NCER and between the NCER and its partners according to the highest standards of governance, and ensure that the performance of the core NCER meetings are formally evaluated on a regular basis.
3. Promote Constructive Discussion
Set the agenda, style and tone of NCER discussions to promote constructive debate and effective decision-making in line with the key purposes of the NCER
4. Represent NCER to stakeholders
Be an ambassador for the NCER and maintain the high profile of NCER, ensuring effective communication with member authorities, software suppliers and strategic partners.
5. Build Strategic Links
Lead for the NCER on strategic links with central and local government organisations and other relevant bodies and agencies.
6. Co-ordinate National Responses
Take the lead role in co-ordinating responses to national bodies on strategic issues.
7. Assist the Secretary
Assist the Secretary with the Consortium's contractual responsibilities with member authorities and with suppliers.
8. Planning for the Future
Take the lead on NCER strategic planning.
9. Support Directors
Support and advise other NCER Directors in matters relating to the NCER, and maintain productive and professional relationships with all NCER Directors.
10. Keep NCER Ahead of Education Changes
Seek to ensure that the NCER remains at the forefront of new developments in performance monitoring and evaluation, in the context of new education legislation, the changing requirements of member authorities, and other external developments.
11. Financial Responsibility
Assist the Secretary and Finance Officer in planning, monitoring and reviewing expenditure and financial commitment to ensure that member authorities receive a high quality cost-effective service.