School Clerking & Governor Advisory Service

Judicium Education’s School Clerking & Governor Advisory Service is designed to support school governors to properly discharge their statutory responsibilities and to operate an effective and efficient governing body. The service is flexible in so far as governing bodies may elect to have support on governing meetings only, or may also choose to have attendance on committee meetings. The service is intended to complement our HR/Employment Law and Legal Support services and is normally purchased as an addition to those services.  

The service includes the following:

1. Initial meeting with school leadership or governing board

At the start of the contract, we will visit your school to explain the service, familiarise ourselves with your processes and gather the information and documents that will be required to provide clerking services to your school.

2. Advisory service on matters related to school governance

Advice by telephone and email on governance related matters. This advice can be sought anytime during working hours and is suitable for matters that may arise pre or post governor meetings. We endeavour to reply to all questions within two working days.

3. Updating service of forthcoming changes

Governors will receive regular email updates on major legal/regulatory or Ofsted changes that are forthcoming or are about to come into effect with a view to enabling the governing body to keep abreast of their responsibilities.

4. Record keeping service

This includes keeping records of governing body constitution, appointments, terms of office, committee memberships, specialist roles and pecuniary interests.

5. Coordinating, drafting and circulating agenda

Governors will be asked to suggest items for inclusion in the Agenda for meetings, such Agenda to be circulated by email at least seven days before meeting.

6. Attendance at governing body meeting and Committee meetings as requested

The school clerk assigned will attend your governors’ or committee meeting as required, on mutually convenient dates, and be available to advise on procedural matters relevant to the meeting. Where an issue requires further research, or an answer is not immediately available, the clerk will provide an answer at a later stage.

7. Drafting and circulating minutes

Within 10 days of the meeting draft minutes will be sent out for approval and a copy reserved for future reference.

8. Accredited eLearning for all governors

As part of the annual package, all governors of the school will have free, unlimited access to our clerking & governance eLearning library. This currently has five CDP accredited courses and is continuously being updated in line with available resources and governor demand.

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Don't forget...

.... that our HR Advisory service now includes an annual visit to your school.  You can use this visit to apprise us of any new developments in your school or alternatively to assist you with any HR issues that are better dealt with face to face.

There is no extra cost for this visit and it is available to all HR Advisory clients old and new.  If you would like to book a visit by one of our consultants to your school, please contact us on 0845 459 7013.

"I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to Judicium for their expertise in dealing with a recent staffing issue; which prior to their intervention was becoming stressful and unnecessarily drawn out. To be honest, before Judicium's involvement I was starting to become demoralised by a perceived lack of justice.” Anna Bosher, Head teacher – St James RC Primary School

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