Governors Support Services

We are committed to supporting you in meeting the challenges of School Governance and the requirements set through the Department of Education framework.

Government reform of the education system has led to an increasing reliance on school-based system of Governance to provide increasing accountability and control. This has meant that the Role & Responsibilities of the Governing Board become directly responsible for finance, standards, school improvement, best value purchasing requirements, regulatory and disciplinary matters and personnel/HR issues.

Clerking Service

We offer a trusted and independent professional clerking service which 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.

CPD & Training Dates

Given the current situation with Covid-19 we have moved all of our governor training online.  In order for delegates to get the most out of the training, we have made each session roughly 2 hours in length, and will be sending out pre-course tasks or videos of presentations two weeks prior to the start date.   This is so as delegates use the session more for discussion and questioning thus getting the most benefit.

 

Where a course would ordinarily have been a full day of training, this will be spread out over three or four 2 hour sessions.

 

Note: Please ensure you book as soon as possible so as you have time to complete the pre-course tasks.

 

 

Bespoke Training

We can offered bespoke and tailored training to full governing bodies, MATs, academies and school clusters.

All dated courses and training sessions, can also be tailored to meet the needs of your school/setting. See below for examples of some additional training that is available:

  • Safer Recruitment for Governors
  • Looked After Children
  • Community Cohesion
  • Curriculum/Teaching and Learning
  • Equality/Diversity
  • Exclusion Training with Appeal
  • Governors Question:Answer
  • Governors Role in Schools self-evaluation
  • Becoming effective as a Subject Link Governor
  • Role of the Governor for Health & Wellbeing

For further details, please email our School Governance team

Governor Hub

Governor Hub is an online service designed to help governing boards run efficiently.  It is used by over 6,000 schools across the country. Governor Hub helps trustees, governors and clerks to communicate and store documents, membership details, meeting schedules and other information in one secure and accessible place.

This includes:

  • News and information from the local experts within the Governor Services or MAT team.
  • Answers to most commonly asked questions.
  • Standard documents from your Governor Services or MAT team.
  • The ability to book training, track your training record and download certificates for courses taken.

Local Authority Governance

Statutory guidance for governing bodies of maintained schools and local authorities in England, May 2017 states:

“Local authority governors are nominated by the local authority but appointed by the governing body. The local authority can nominate any person who is eligible to be a local authority governor, but it is for the governing body to decide whether their nominee has the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school and meets any other eligibility criteria they have set. Local authorities should therefore make every effort to understand the governing body’s requirements and identify and nominate suitable candidates.

An individual eligible to be a staff governor at the school may not be appointed as a local authority governor”.

The guidance also states that “A key consideration in the appointment and election of all new governors should be the skills and experience the governing body needs to be effective. The skills they need are a matter for governing bodies to decide having regard to the Department’s Competency Framework for Governance”.

All Local Authority Governors in maintained schools need to be nominated by the Local Authority. The application form for Cheshire West and Chester can be downloaded by clicking the button below:

Once completed it can be submitted to schoolgovernance@edsential.co.uk where it will be considered by the Local Authority panel.  Applications can take up to twelve weeks to process so please ensure that the applications for renewals are submitted in plenty of time so that terms of office do not expire.

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