Nationally the Department for Education’s Governance Handbook, Academy Financial Handbook and Competency Framework for Governance clearly set out expectations placed on skills and training required for effective challenge and accountability.
Our local experienced and skilled team understand the national expectations and the challenges faced by governors as volunteers, responding with time saving solutions whilst supporting and developing governors, clerks and governing boards in meeting the increasing demand for high-quality Leadership and Management.
Services designed to:
Support professional development
Develop effective governance
Support succession planning
Save governors and clerks time
"The annual subscription was particularly useful and financially 'attractive 'enabling us to access a wide range of training, bespoke sessions and online support. The overall impact of the service we received over 2 years enabled governors to become increasingly confident and effective in their roles. The school was judged outstanding by Ofsted in June 2015." Chair of Governors - East Sussex Free School
"Being able to speak to someone on the phone or drop a quick email makes the difficult task of being a Governor more manageable" Chair of Governors - East Sussex Primary School
"We are delighted with the professional advice, training and support provided by the Governor and Clerking Service. We have always found the Service invaluable with advice; up to date on procedures and DfE initiatives and strong in the delivery of professional development for Governors" Headteacher - East Sussex Secondary School
"I really do not feel that quality and consistency of governance in any school is possible without the kinds of support you have been able to provide."
Chair of Governors - East Sussex Special School
Membership to Governor Online provides governors and clerks a range of functions designed to save time and support the work of the governing board and clerk:
Members only area provides governors and clerks the following functions:
o On-line booking for training courses
o On-line data management for contact details and training records
o On-line diary and document storage for meetings
o On-line reporting functions suitable for Ofsted inspections
o On-line templates, model policies and guidance documents
Public area provides local and national newsfeeds and training course
The forums are designed to inform and update governors on current local and national issues through high quality presentations that facilitate discussion and information sharing among peers whilst providing the opportunity share best practice, to discuss and debate current topics, network and meet local contacts.
Held three times per academic year the forums are jointly facilitated with the team and your local member/s of the East Sussex Governors Representative Group (ESGRG).
The network meetings aim to support and develop the role played by clerks in providing an opportunity for clerks to meet and discuss ‘hot topics’ and changes in legislation, share best practice and build a network of contacts across the county.
Held three times per academic year the forums are facilitated by one of the team.
A schedule of training courses to develop the essential skills and knowledge of new governors, existing governors and clerks, ensuring participation in governance at all levels.
Full details of the governor and clerk training and development programme
For a printed version of this information download the School Governance Support Services 2017-18
Our team recognises the different models of governance in Multi Academy Trusts and offer the opportunity to discuss your specific requirements to develop a bespoke package of support for an annual charge.
Please see our terms and conditions page.