The Governance Services team is focused on developing the effectiveness of governing boards across all schools, academies, MATs and Early Years settings. The team has significant experience in governance, and is proud of its strong collaborative partnerships with both the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Hertfordshire Association of School Governors (HASG).

    The range of services provided has been designed to support governors and trustees to ensure their school or academy delivers high-quality education. The Governance Services team support governing boards to have the knowledge, understanding and skills to fulfil their roles and responsibilities.

    Many of our governance services are available for schools, academies and multi-academy trusts outside of Hertfordshire.

    An independent and impartial helpdesk supporting governors and trustees on matters relating to statutory legislation and help solve governance related issues.

    The Governance team has significant experience in governance, and is proud of its strong and close working partnership with schools, the National Governors Association (NGA) and Hertfordshire Association of School Governors (HASG).

    Captalising on its wealth of experience, the Governance team, via the helpdesk, offers the following services:

    Maintained schools

    The Governance helpdesk is funded for all maintained schools in Hertfordshire. Comprising unlimited advice, covering:

    • safeguarding
    • instrument of government
    • governor recruitment and election
    • school‑based complaints
    • reconstitution, including updating of the instrument of governance.

    Schools subscribing to this service receive:

    • unlimited telephone and email support for governors
    • a welcome letter for all new governors, ensuring they are fully aware of the training opportunities available to become a skilled and functioning member of a governing board.

    Academy schools/MATs

    Single or Multi Academy Trusts can purchase this service comprising unlimited advice, covering:

    • safeguarding
    • governor recruitment and election
    • school‑based complaints

    This service is intended to offer advice and guidance to governing boards, e.g. if academies need to ask a question relating to a complaint or are looking for support with developing effective governance. This service is not intended to act as a legal service.

    If you would like more details of this service or pricing please call the Governance helpdesk on 01438 544487 or email your requirements to governance@hertsforlearning.co.uk

    The services of the Helpdesk are professional and have supported me as Chair of Governors and the governing board with advice and guidance on a range of governance matters.  It provides me with confidence that I can access support from a team, who are helpful, knowledgeable and passionate about governance.

    Jamie Stockwell (CoG) – Shenley Primary

    The consultancy service provides practical assistance to bespoke projects. Providing a flexible approach that delivers sustainable solutions to meet individual school or academy needs. The support, advice and guidance provided enables governing boards to fully concentrate on delivering sound governance practices. Examples of these might be:

    • producing bespoke governance related policies
    • attending stakeholder consultation meetings
    • federation preparation support (maintained schools only)

    Please contact Governance for prices and further information about this service on 01438 544487 or governance@hertsforlearning.co.uk.

    A range of training courses (face-to-face or online) are available to all governors, either as part of their annual training subscription, or on a pay‑as‑you‑use basis.

    Providing cost effective and flexible training that delivers sustainable solutions to meet statutory responsibilities.

    Annual subscription for primary and secondary Hertfordshire maintained school includes:

    • one (two hour session) in-house course which must be taken within the financial year (additional courses can be arranged for an extra charge)
    • attendance for new governors at Governor Induction (all-day course – lunch included)
    • attendance at group training sessions, at a reduced rate per governor
    • reduced rate to attend all-day Safer Recruitment training
    • access to a suite of online training courses

    Annual subscriptions for single academy settings, independent and schools outside Hertfordshire includes:

    • one (two hour session) in-house course (*subject to location) which needs to be taken within the financial year (additional courses can be arranged for an extra charge). * Mileage costs apply for out of county schools.
    • attendance at group training sessions, at a reduced rate per governor
    • reduced rate to attend all-day Induction training
    • reduced rate to attend accredited all-day Safer Recruitment training
    • access to a suite of online training courses

    Annual subscriptions for multi-academy trusts, including outside Hertfordshire:

    • between two and four in-house courses (*subject to location) which needs to be taken within the financial year (additional courses can be arranged for an extra charge). * Mileage costs apply for out of county schools.
    • attendance at group training sessions, at a reduced rate per governor
    • reduced rate to attend all-day Induction training
    • reduced rate to attend accredited all-day Safer Recruitment training
    • access to a suite of online training courses

    Full details of the training courses available and to book a place: Governor training courses

    Please contact Governance for prices and further information about this service on 01438 544487 or email your requirements to governance@hertsforlearning.co.uk.

    Governance also offer governor training packages for MATs, for more details and prices please contact Governance on 01438 544487 or email governance@hertsforlearning.co.uk

    Subscription to the Hertfordshire Association of School Governors (HASG) can be purchased separately. For further details, please contact the HASG administrator on email: admin@hertsgovernors.org

    We have always found the training to be of high quality, delivered by knowledgeable advisers whoengage and enthuse their audience. The governanceteam are keen to ensure that the training is exactly what we need so they are always happy to discuss our requirements in advance. We always look forward to these training sessions and come awayfeeling upskilled and better informed.

    Lynne Wilson-Leary
    Agora Learning Partnership

    As a Governor I would highly recommend the HfL training modules.  They answered lots of questions that I had.  The networking with the other governors was great, it made me realise that I wasn’t alone.  The support that I gained through the training was invaluable. Overall I have grown and developed as a governor due to the training modules that offered direction and guidance.  I have become a very effective Governor and offer my school support to make a positive impact.

    Shen Hasekilerden (CoG) - Bonneygrove Primary School.

    A range of engaging and interactive e-learning courses to enable online professional development of governors and trustees.

     

    modern governorModern Governor has a comprehensive range of e-learning content enabling governors and trustees to access CPD at a time and place to suit them. Courses are mapped onto the DfEs Competency Framework for Governance.

    Modern Governor online training is accessed through your GovernorHub account:

    Content ranges from 15 minutes to over 1 hour and works beautifully on smartphones, tablets and desktop or laptop computers with personalised certificates issued on completion.

    • mobile-friendly, flexible and accessible online learning for anyone involved in governance
    • modules work on smartphones, tablets and regular desktop or laptop computers
    • once logged in, an individual's account retains their progress through the Modern Governor e-learning modules
    • the self-paced modules are designed to support the strategic role of governors and trustees in education
    • individual governors can choose modules on which to enrol, or a governing body could agree to work through a module before a particular meeting
    • on completion of each module, a personalised CPD certificate with the governor's name and date of completion of the course is issued
    HfL offers a variety of training courses and advice to support all aspects of governance. The training is easily accessible and simple to understand and at the end of each module the knowledge gained is invaluable. Therefore makes your journey into governance a seamless transition.

    David Gray
    Thomas Alleyne Academy

    The perfect opportunity for Chair of Governors, Vice-Chairs and Committee Chairs to attend dedicated training and informative briefings to ensure all governing boards are kept up to date on relevant topics and themes relating to school governance.

    The Chairs’ Service provides opportunities to work collaboratively through a range of training courses designed to meet the specific needs of chairs and help chairs develop in their role. The service also includes a termly Chairs’ briefing, regular e-bulletin updates and chairs’ handbook to support Chairs of Governors in managing their board effectively and sharing best practice.

    The Chairs' Portal on GovernorHub provides users with, focused news and information direct to their inbox, relevant articles, guidance, tools and templates to enhance the effectiveness of their role. The Portal also gives access to a rolling series of Modern Governor online training modules for Chairs.

    The Chair’s Service and the Chair’s Portal on GovernorHub have been very helpful for a range of resources and questions. When resuming the role of a Chair of a Governing Board, I found the online updates and phone advice available supportive,and knowing that there was a wealth of knowledgeand experience available just a phone call away or online, supported myself and the Vice-Chair as we addressed challenges during the lockdown and resumption of full school opening in September 2020.
    Sarah Lilly Creswick Primary and Nursery.

    Independent and impartial clerking support, guidance and advice for governing boards.

    Offering governing boards access to efficient and effective administrative support, the service ensures that governors have a key point of contact for guidance and someone who is up to date with the latest national DfE legislation.

    Governing boards are supported by a professional and trained clerk who has:

    • access to a dedicated phone or email helpdesk
    • specific face to face training courses
    • summaries of relevant documents and initiatives
    • termly list of suggested agenda items
    • termly networks for clerks, with focused updates to local and national legislation
    • dedicated access to an ‘HfL clerks’ network hub’ - – a secure online communication area
    • access to five online clerking courses (linked to DfE Clerking Competency Framework)
    • new from Spring 2021: ‘Knowledge Tab’ providing clerks and whole governing boards with access to a wealth of useful resources

    A Herts for Learning clerk provides support and advice leading up to, during and after the meeting, including drafting and distribution of documents.

    A school or academy HfL clerk is responsible for:

    • drafting and circulating the agenda and accompanying papers
    • attending meetings
    • producing minutes, and once approved, circulate to all governors
    • the clerk is also available outside of meetings to offer advice and guidance.

    Clerks for disciplinary, exclusion, appeals or complaint hearings are also available.

    Please contact Governance for prices and further information about this service on 01438 544487 or governance@hertsforlearning.co.uk.

    Our clerk is extremely organised and efficient - minutes are provided promptly following the meeting. She always goes above and beyond and is very patient with us. We have complete confidence in her and rely on her to keep us going. During COVID she has been indispensable both in terms of disseminating knowledge and organising our meetings.

    Miranda Barnett Parkside Community Primary School

    Having been a clerk for many years now, I would like to say how helpful and supportive the Clerking team at HfL has been. All my questions/queries, however big or small are answered in a timely fashion and are always full of extra information should I need it. Governance as a team are friendly and approachable, I cannot recommend them enough.

    Jenny Calverley Gade Valley Primary School.

    This is an essential and highly recommended service providing school-based clerks with a supportive network.

    It is designed to ensure that the clerk is kept up to date with changes to governance and also provides them with guidance and development. This support will enhance the smooth running of the board of governors and gives school‑based clerks an opportunity to network with other clerks and share good practice.

    The service includes:

    • access to a dedicated phone or email helpdesk on specific clerking matters
    • a specific training programme for clerks both face to face and online
    • access to five online clerking modules (linked to DfE Clerking
      Competency Framework)
    • summaries of relevant documents and initiatives
    • a termly list of suggested agenda items
    • full access to the governors’ training and development programme (subject to the school purchasing governor training)
    • termly peer meetings for clerks to attend, with focused updates and networking opportunities
    • regular updates to national legislation issued by the DfE
    • new from Spring 2021 - 'Knowledge Tab' providing clerks with access to a wealth of useful resources

    Please contact Governance for prices and further information about this service on 01438 544487 or governance@hertsforlearning.co.uk.

    I have attended the Clerks' Network events regularly since becoming clerk to the  governors and have found the content to be both helpful and interesting, while the opportunity to meet other clerks and learn from their experience is invaluable.

    Sophie Bruton
    The Sele School

    The helpdesk staff are always prompt and helpful in responding to any queries that we have. The clerks’ network and training sessions are informative, relevant and professionally delivered.  They also provide good opportunities to share ideas with other clerks.

    Beverly Cox and Claire Beaver – Joint Clerk to Governors, Maple Cross JMI & Nursery School

    A modern way to run a school governing board or multi-academy board. GovernorHub handles the mundane tasks for schools and academies, allowing the Governing Board to focus on what matters most.

    A safe, secure and GDPR compliant dedicated area for governor communications, dates of meetings and uploading of key documents, reducing the need to email messages/sending of documents. GovernorHub makes handling and sharing of information across governing board(s) easy.

    Features include:

    • record of governor membership including allocation of link governor responsibilities
    • digital storage of governor documents (GDPR compliant)
    • noticeboard for communication
    • upload constitution and committee structures and members
    • shared calendar to plan meetings and track meeting attendance
    • ability to track meeting attendance (can be used for meeting statutory website requirement to upload attendance at meetings)
    • access to the GovernorHub app.
    • access to online training and booking system for training courses (subscribers to governor training only)

    Please contact Governance for prices and further information about this service on 01438 544487 or governance@hertsforlearning.co.uk.

    I would heartily recommend GovernorHub as a means of securely storing documents relating to the Governing Body of a school. At Reedings Junior School, we have been using it since 2017. Once the system has been set up, it is easily accessible to all members of the Governing Body, and is a means of sharing information that relates directly to the school and updating members about national directives/initiatives etc. The meetings calendar is readily available, governor visit reports can be stored,draft policies can be shared ahead of committee meetings and documents relating to Governing Body meetings are all there in one place.

    Sue Clarke Reedings Junior School.

     

    The Key for School Governors provides role-specific, expert-led guidance for every member of your board.

    Membership will:

    • help new governors to hit the ground running, with an on-demand, online induction that splits the basics of governance into manageable chunks
    • guide your board on how to support your school effectively
    • keep your board up-to-date with the latest sector news and next steps

    Subscribed to by over 12,000 schools and academies across the UK, The Key is the country’s most trusted provider of sector intelligence, services and resources, and gives education leaders the knowledge and guidance they need to run their schools.

    Available at a reduced cost if purchased through Herts for Learning along with GovernorHub, please contact Governance for prices and further information about this service on 01438 544487 or governance@hertsforlearning.co.uk.

    Evaluative tools for schools, academies and multi-academy trusts

    Essential services for boards to consider annually.

    Self-evaluation of the governing board is recommended on an annual basis. This toolkit will help governing boards consider it's strengths and weaknesses, as recommended in the UK Corporate Governance Code.

    Good governance is vital for any school. For a board to work effectively, performing a self-assessment is essential. Governors are encourage to reflect as an individual and a team report is generated from the results. The Chair of Governors is sent the report and able to compare results with an example in the toolkit.

    There are 3 levels of service to choose from:

    • standard (self-administered)
    • standard + phone support
    • standard, phone + facilitator support.

    Please contact Governance for prices and further information about this service on 01438 544487 or governance@hertsforlearning.co.uk.

    A key question a governing board should be asking is “Do we carry out a review of Chairs performance?” Based on the Competency Framework for Governors the Chairs 360° Review is designed to develop best practice, skills and competencies that contribute to effective governance.

    The Chair has the key leadership role on the governing board, through reviewing the Chair’s performance governing bodies are able to identify strengths, identify areas for development and become more effective.

    The key benefits of completing a Chairs’ 360° Review of Performance are:

    • increase self-awareness
    • clarifies behaviours
    • measures “how” things get done as opposed to “what” gets done
    • promotes dialogue
    • improves working relationships
    • encourages personal development
    • increases accountability and
    • enhances overall performance of chair and governing board

    Chairs receive a toolkit with additional training and support opportunities that can support meaningful learning across the areas highlighted for development

    Telephone support is available upon request at an additional cost.

    An external review of governance is based on three functions for the effectiveness of governance, as laid out in the Department of Education (DfE) Governance Handbook.

    The review is designed to support, improve and develop governance and will help the governing board identify priorities for improvement, helping governing boards to become more skilled, focused and effective.

    The review will be carried out by either a National or Hertfordshire Leader of Governance and will involve:

    • an initial discussion with school leaders to determine the focus of the review
    • a questionnaire for all governors to complete
    • a review meeting with the Chair of Governors and headteacher
    • a facilitated session with all governors
    • a written report and action plan, summarising priorities for the governing board
    • a progress and impact session with all governors (which takes place between three and six months later)

    Please contact Governance for prices and further information about this service on 01438 544487 or governance@hertsforlearning.co.uk.