The Governance team has significant experience in governance, and is proud of its strong working partnership with schools and academies. Our Governance team supports all governors through a wide range of services, detailed here.

    Maintained schools

    Our governance and advisory and support service is funded for all maintained schools in Hertfordshire. Comprising unlimited advice, covering:

    • safeguarding
    • instrument of government
    • statutory guidance
    • governor recruitment and election
    • school‑based complaints

    Governors subscribing to this service receive:

    • the Hertfordshire Governor e-newsletter
    • free attendance to the Hertfordshire Governors’ Annual Conference

    Academy schools

    Academy schools can purchase this service at a subsidised rate for £200. 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 safeguarding, or are looking for support with developing effective governance. This service is not intended to act as a legal service.

    Governors subscribing to this service receive:

    • the Hertfordshire Governor e-newsletter
    • free attendance to the Hertfordshire Governors’ Annual Conference

    Please note that the advisory and support service isn’t available for educational settings outside of Hertfordshire. However, many of our governance services are available for schools, academies and multi-academy trusts nationwide.

    If you would like to discuss governance services and you are located out of Hertfordshire please call Natalie Dalvarez, Business Services Deputy Director on 01438 845529.

    In addition to the advisory and support service, the consultancy service is available to maintained schools looking for practical assistance with specific projects such as:

    • producing bespoke governance related policies
    • attending stakeholder consultation meetings
    • preparing to federate

    Academies can also access this service for consultancy on:

    • producing bespoke governance related policies
    • attending stakeholder consultation meetings

    Please contact Governance for prices and further information about this service.

    Governing boards are able to select training that is pertinent to their setting and where CPD opportunities have been identified.

    Providing cost-effective and flexible training that delivers sustainable solutions to meet individual school or academy statutory responsibilities. Subscribing settings benefit from a cost-effective support package with opportunities to access face-to-face and online training.

    Governor training courses

    Our training courses are available to all governors, either as part of their school or academy's annual training subscription, or (where the school does not subscribe) on a pay‑as‑you‑use basis.

    Full details of the courses available are here: Governor training courses and included in the termly Herts for Learning training e-bulletins which are sent to governors throughout the year.

    Governors from subscribing schools or academies receive the following benefits:

    • 2 in-house sessions
    • Attendance at Hertfordshire governors annual conference
    • Attendance at governor induction
    • Attendance at group training sessions (reduced rate)
    • occasional briefings on current “hot topics”

    Please contact Governance for prices and further information about this service.

    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.

    I think that the training offered is excellent - it covers a wide variety of areas and is very current.

    Chair of Governors, Hertfordshire Primary and Nursery School

    Specifically designed to meet the needs of Chairs of governing boards. This service includes training courses, regular email bulletins, termly briefings for Chairs and a range of support to help Chairs develop their governing board, including the Chairs’ Handbook.

    Please contact Governance for prices and further information about this service.

    An external review of governance is based on three functions for the effectiveness of governance, as laid out in the DfE Governance Handbook and is regularly updated.

    The review is designed to support, improve and develop governance and will help the governing board identify priorities for improvement.

    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 following the publication of report and action plan

    Please contact Governance for prices and further information about this service.

    The clerking service ensures that governing boards have access to efficient and effective administration support and a point of contact for guidance and advice on new developments within governance.

    Our clerks are highly trained through an in‑house programme and are well regarded by clients. The clerks receive continuous support in order to fulfil the requirements, including training, a dedicated helpline, termly meetings of the clerks’ network, and termly suggested agenda items to ensure key points are included.

    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.

    Please contact Governance for prices and further information about this service.

    For further information or to discuss specific requirements, contact Kelly King, Clerking Officer
    Tel: 01438 844113
    Email: kelly.king@hertsforlearning.co.uk

    Disciplinary, exclusion, appeal or complaint hearings are examples of where an experienced clerk is essential to ensure all information is captured correctly and accurately, and reflects the content of the meeting in detail.

    For further information or to discuss specific requirements, contact Kelly King, Clerking Officer
    Tel: 01438 844113
    Email: kelly.king@hertsforlearning.co.uk

    This is an essential and highly recommended service for school-based clerks. 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.

    The service includes:

    • a specific training programme for clerks and a copy of the Clerks’ Handbook
    • summaries of relevant documents and initiatives
    • a termly list of suggested agenda items
    • full access to the governors’ training and development programme
    • termly peer meetings for clerks to attend, with focused updates and networking opportunities
    • regular updates to national legislation issued by the DfE

    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.

    For further information or to discuss specific requirements, contact Kelly King, Clerking Officer
    Tel: 01438 844113
    Email: kelly.king@hertsforlearning.co.uk

    2017

    The theme of the annual conference held in November 2017 was ‘Governance and School Leadership – Working Together to Navigate Change’.

    The conference presentations are now available to view.

    2018

    The Hertfordshire Governors Annual Conference 2018: 'School Leaders Managing Change' will be held on Saturday 17th November 2018.

    Bookings will be available during the autumn term.

    For information about any of the services listed here for schools, academies and multi-academy trusts outside of Hertfordshire, please contact the Governance team.

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