The Governor clerking service is committed to supporting the work of schools and raising standards of achievement for all pupils by developing effective services to improve the governance in schools. To do this, we offer paid for packages of support to schools providing day to day advice and guidance, information and clerking.
The LA does have a statutory duty to all schools, however, which is provided free of charge and includes support on the following areas:
The LA is the appropriate authority for making arrangements for the election of parent and staff governors in community, community special and voluntary controlled schools.
In voluntary aided and foundation schools the governing body is the appropriate authority and this task is delegated to the headteacher of the school.
Where a school buys into the clerking service under a service level agreement, whatever the school category, all election paperwork will be provided. Where a school does not buy into the clerking service level agreement, and is a community, community special or voluntary controlled school, the LA will advise on election procedures on request.
The service standard aimed for is:
advice on governor elections is given in accordance with the requirements of the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2007 and the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012. The election procedure that applies to your school will be dependent on which regulations you are constituted under.
Kirklees School Governor Service proactively promotes the role of governors to encourage the recruitment of new governors. We also have governor recruitment information available. Contact us for further details.
Appointing authority governors
The LA is responsible for appointing authority governors in all maintained schools and academies. This task is co-ordinated by the School Governor Service. Vacancies areadvertised and nominations are taken to the LA Governor Appointment Panel, where recommendations are made on appointments.
Service standards aimed for are:
the percentage of authority governor vacancies to be no more than 12% at the end of each term
at least 80% of governing bodies to have no LA governor vacancies at the end of each term
at least 95% of governing bodies to have no more than one LA governor vacancy at the end of each term.
Instruments of government
Any change to the instrument brought about by a reconstitution/change in status will be covered as part of the LA’s statutory function; however a charge will be made for any other changes to the existing instrument.
The LA is responsible for making new and revised instruments of government. The School Governor Service carries out this task for all schools in liaison with governing bodies and the relevant Diocese (where appropriate).
Service standards aimed for are:
all instruments of government will now be made in accordance with the requirements of the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012 and are checked by the School Governor Service, the Diocese (where appropriate) and the authority’s legal services
all governors, the headteacher and in the case of aided schools, the Diocese will be given a copy of the instrument of government, as required by law.
If you require any guidance on reconstituting your governing body under the new regulations please contact a member of the School
Governor Service Team.
Provision of information
The LA has a duty to provide governors with the information they require to carry out their role. The School Governor Service contributes to this requirement through the following services:
termly meetings for chairs and headteachers
production of briefing papers
production of regular bulletins for all governors
provision of guidance and information documents.
Service standard aimed for are:
information services provided are reviewed at appropriate intervals through questionnaires to governors.
How to buy
Please complete the School Governor Service Buyback form
Amerjit Sahota - Service manager
T: 01484 414701