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
"Your (governance) review helped us to fine tune what we have done and highlighted key gaps that we needed to address. At our Ofsted in June this year the Inspection commended leadership and governance at the school and formally upgraded the rating of our school’s performance." Chair of Governors - East Sussex Special 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 have felt that their collaborative and encouraging emphasis has enabled me to deal with some difficult situations in a professional and timely manner." Chair of Governors - East Sussex Primary School
"East Sussex governor and clerking service are efficient in identifying schools needing support and accessing or signposting the support needed. The service follows up on the issues raised until there is a satisfactory outcome for all parties. The whole team work together to ensure a seamless service to schools" Chair of Governors - East Sussex Primary 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
Please note this is an introduction service only – The service cannot guarantee cover and any costs associated with travel/expenses and/or clerking hours worked will be invoiced to the receiving school.
Members only area provides governors and clerks the following functions:
Public area provides local and national newsfeeds and training course information
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.
Full details of the governor and clerk training and development programme.
Enjoy membership benefits to The National Governors’ Association (NGA) Learning Link online training website at Local Authority discounted rates not available when purchasing directly.
The NGA, working with one of the UK’s top e-learning companies, Virtual College, have launched Learning Link that provides users with access to over fifty modules curated by NGA’s expert team of policy and information specialists.
Modules are comprehensive and cover a range of governance-related topics including: strategy, team work, assessment, staffing, financial oversight, elements of effective governance, compliance and collaboration to name a few.
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.
|Support and Guidance||Clerk and Governor Locum Support Service||£30 per placement||*|
|Local Support Service||£250 per 4 hours||**|
|Subscription to the Key for School Governors||See Service GS02-2|
|Information and Networking||Governors Online||£50 per annum||**|
|Governor Area Meetings||£75 per booking||***|
|Clerk Area Network Meetings||£75 per booking||***|
|Indiviudal Governor and Clerk Development||Governor induction training||£155 per governor||***|
|Clerk induction training||£295 per clerk||***|
|Developing core governor skills||£75 per place||***|
|Developing strategic governance skills||£75 per place||***|
|Subscription to NGA Learning Link||See service GS02-3|
|Chair of Governors and whole governing board development||Chair of governor coaching||£265 per session||**|
|partnerships, structure and succession planning||£365 per session||**|
|partnership/federation visioning session||£365 per session||**|
|whole governing board (WGB) development||£365 per session||**|
|WGB Development cluster sessions||£ variable||****|
|Governace Reviews||facilitated GB self evalution review
||£265 per review||**|
|governing board procedural review||£265 per review||**|
|being prepared for Ofsted review||£265 per review||**|
|external review of governance (ERG)||£740 per review||**|
|ERG + action plan||£960 per review||**|
|ERG + action plan + follow up||£1,180 per review||**|
*Locum Support - Chargeable only if locum cover provided. Charge does not include the cost of clerk hours, chargeable at £25 per hour or expenses.
** Contact Governor and Clerking Service to book
***Book via the East Sussex Learning Portal
****Cost is split across all schools involved plus an additional £20 admin charge per school.