School Improvement Service: Governor Services

Governor Services provide high quality professional clerking, crucial to the effective functioning of governing bodies. 

The Governor Services team help governing bodies to understand their role, function and the legal duties of school leadership and management.

Services

Clerking, advice and training:
  • The clerking of full governing board meetings - involving planning and preparation of agendas, electronic distribution of papers and production of minutes
  • Updates for the governing board on national and local issues through the production and circulation of the termly information paper
  • Whole governing board or small group support and preparation for Ofsted inspection
  • Advice on governors’ attendance/continued membership of the governing board
  • Support with the development of the governing board's strategic plan, including a meeting with the headteacher and chair of governors at the end of the summer term
  • Advice and support on all legal aspects of governance, including pupil discipline committees, staff discipline committees and complaint hearings
  • Termly, targeted briefing provided by the clerk at the start of each full governing board meeting
  • Supply and analysis of the governing board skills audit
  • Trained assessor support to governing boards who wish to either pursue the Governor Mark accreditation or use the materials as a toolkit for self-evaluation
  • Attendance at all training and development courses. For example, induction training for new governors and chairs’ training
Service standards and benefits

Governor Services aim to secure school improvement through enhancing the quality of governance in schools. This will include provision of high quality support and advice services that incorporate the key values of self-evaluation and improvement.

We will provide:
  • A high quality service delivered by trained, experienced clerks with a strong understanding of governing boards' operational and strategic needs. All clerks have an enhanced DBS
  • Agendas and minutes to all members of the governing board in an electronic format. Draft minutes from governing meetings will be sent within a maximum of 12 working days
  • A rapid and effective response to all queries
  • A flexible and responsive service which will meet the needs of your governing board with a dedicated support officer who has an understanding and knowledge of your school’s context
  • Comprehensive and high quality Continuous Professional Development programme

Costs


Standard packages

Clerking, advice and training: £3,400 (RBG schools) £3,740 (non-RBG schools)

Advice and guidance: £850 (RBG schools) £935 (non-RBG schools)

(This support can be purchased where the school has an independent clerk)

Additional services (can be purchased)

Schools have the opportunity to buy additional services:

  • Bespoke training, 2 hours - £250 (RBG schools) £275 (non-RBG schools)
  • Clerking of extra meeting (including preparing and post meeting follow up) - £250 (RBG schools) £275 (non-RBG schools)
  • Bespoke service to support schools with panel hearings (see Governor Service - Panel Hearings service specification)
  • Academy Trusts - advice and support for delivering the statutory role of the Trustees including clerking meetings

Where a school has an independent clerk, please contact Governor Services so a bespoke package of support can be tailored to your needs.

If a school doesn't buy into the standard package and a governor would like to attend a training course, the following charges would apply for attendance of one governor at a: 

  • 2 hour training session - £50 (RBG schools) £70 (non-RBG schools)
  • Full day training session - £125 (RBG schools) £155 (non-RBG schools)
  • Conference - £125 (RBG schools) £155 (non-RBG schools)

Service Specifications

Governor Service - Standard Packages
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Governor Service - Panel Hearings
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Click here to view Governor courses

Contacts

Matthew West
Interim Head of School Improvement
020 8921 2793
matthew.west@royalgreenwich.gov.uk