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.

How can we help you?

  • 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

Courses

Chairs' Training
All Chairs, Vice Chairs or Chairs of Committees including Prospective Chairs
16/11/2020

Safer Recruitment
All Headteachers, school Governors, Business Managers and other staff likely to sit on interview panels or administer staff appointment
16/11/2020

Induction Training for New Governors
New or recently appointed/elected Governors
19/11/2020

Complaints Training for Governors
All Governors
08/12/2020

Managing Governor Panels
All Governors, but especially those who serve on panels
19/01/2021

Costs

  • Standard package - 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 committee, complaints, disciplinary etc. (including preparing and post meeting follow up) - from £200 (RBG schools) £220 (non-RBG schools)
  • 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:

Attendance for 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)

Contact

Julie Taylor
Head of School Improvement
020 8921 2793
julie.taylor@royalgreenwich.gov.uk