Governors Support Services

“Governors play a vital role in ensuring the best possible education for every child by creating robust accountability for school leaders”

John Nash, DfE Governance Handbook November 2015

Governors must work effectively with leaders to communicate the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school and develop a culture of ambition. A governing board should have strength in depth, with different governors bringing different areas of expertise.

Edsential Governor Support can support your governors by providing a comprehensive and varied range of training and clerk support, so that they are well informed to carry out their roles effectively.

Training

“The board’s code of conduct should set an ethos of professionalism and high expectations of governors, including an expectation that they undertake whatever training or development activity is needed to fill any gaps in the skills they have to contribute to effective governance”.

Governance Handbook November 2015

Governors must work effectively with leaders to communicate the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school and develop a culture of ambition.

A governing board should have strength in depth, with different governors bringing different areas of expertise. Edsential Governor Support can support your governors by providing a comprehensive and varied range of training and support, so that they are well informed to carry out their roles effectively.

Edsential offer both local face to face and online training for your governors so they can have the flexibility they require to meet expectations and ensure that they have the skills required to enable them to be effective governors.

We deliver a high quality, fit for purpose training programme to support governors to fulfil their core functions: strategic leadership, holding the headteacher to account for the performance of the school and ensuring financial probity in line with increasing demands from Ofsted.

Web-based Resources

We are developing our web based resources to empower governors to become informed participants. Governors can be overwhelmed by too much information and we want governors to use their limited time efficiently.

Our aim is to broaden the range of learning opportunities to reflect and appeal to different learning styles and needs so that participants feel confident, motivated, encouraged and engaged.

Clerking Service

Our clerks are not just minute takers; unlike other competitors our service provide governing bodies with a higher standard of service with added benefits to ensure your governing body is as effective as it can be – and Ofsted ready

Edsential provides a trusted and independent professional clerking service who will provide procedural advice on governors matters as appropriate, and support your governors to meet the requirements of the major changes that are occurring across education and governance.

Clerking Service – An Edsential Clerk

  • Ensures all statutory and procedural duties are undertaken correctly.
  • Works continually with the Headteacher and Chair of Governors to ensure governance is effective, driving school improvement and outcomes for pupils.
  • Provide minutes that are clear, precise and accurately record Governor challenge.
  • Supports Strategic Direction to develop a culture of ambition.
  • Can provide support and advice on Governor Relationship Management & support with Mediation
  • School and Edubase management to ensure that your school is compliant
  • Support, guidance and online governor forums.

An Edsential Clerk undertakes National Clerks Accreditation whilst also receiving a continuing programme of development to ensure that their knowledge is up to date and that they are of the highest quality. Clerks can also organise and manage grievance and disciplinary hearings, exclusions and appeals.

Please enquire at schoolgovernance@edsential.co.uk 

Partnership or Federation Visioning

Are you in the process of converting to an academy or considering it shortly?

Our Principal clerks can support you and a group of schools who are considering partnerships or federations.  We will support your governors in the aspects they must consider when planning for alternative models of governance.

  • To Provide the Latest Thinking to assist you on your journey
  • Support with your application
  • Ensure governors have access to all relevant information
  • Facilitate support when required – e.g. Human Resources & Finance
  • Support for Trustees and academies once converted

Please enquire at schoolgovernance@edsential.co.uk 

Multi-Academy Trust – The Company Secretary Role

DfE guidance is clear that as part of its core functions the board should have “The support and advice of an independent and professional clerk and, in the case of academies, company secretary” Governance Handbook November 2015

Edsential can provide your academy or multi-academy trust with the level of support it requires in its new era.   The role can provide support in streamlining your governing body and preparing it for its new business model ensuring it is as efficient as it can be. Benefits:

  • Flexibility and ad-hoc support as and when you require it
  • Clarify Governor roles and responsibilities
  • Manage risk and ensure good governance and compliance
  • Ensure that the Trust is following all legal requirements
  • Annual report preparation

Reassurance to board members and the wider community that the trust is well managed.

Cost: 

£400 per half day

£600 per full day support