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Liz Smith

Liz Smith Service Delivery Specialist

For schools

School Governance

The School Governance service in Telford and Wrekin has an established reputation for providing quality support and guidance to schools and academies and their governing bodies. As part of the School Improvement Service, the School Governance team works closely with head teachers and governing bodies to ensure they meet their statutory duties and strengthen their leadership and management roles.

Our services include:

  • a governor helpline which offers free advice including constitutional and statutory aspects of school governance (the help line is available Monday - Friday)
  • a wide variety of centrally delivered governor training courses and bespoke packages
  • a high quality clerking service which includes:
    • the calling of governing body meetings
    • production of minutes
    • provision of advice and guidance on the conduct of meetings and other governance matters
  • this includes maintaining a register of governors' attendance at meetings and managing the process of governor appointments and resignations.  

To ensure the service is as effective as possible we provide:

  • termly training for clerks to develop their skills
  • termly briefing for clerks to develop their expertise in any particular items for each termly agenda
  • a suggested termly agenda which reflects any national and local initiatives
  • detailed briefing papers to guide and inform discussion at meetings
  • quality assurance of processes and procedures
  • a coherent and aligned support package to respond to queries raised at meetings.

To ensure that governance is effective as possible we offer:

  • a termly heads and chairs briefing session to highlight the aspects of the forthcoming agenda, share good practice and facilitate networking
  • specialised training for chairs
  • induction training for new governors
  • tailored bespoke packages to support particular governing bodies to develop the skills needed to work effectively as a team and fulfil the role of governance well
  • an external review of governance to support governors develop an action plan for improving effectiveness
  • a review of the impact of Pupil Premium spending to support governors with reflecting on how this can be improved.

Support can also be provided in areas such as:

  • interpretation of government legislation and supporting its implementation through advice and the production of guidance
  • the offer of one to one support to new head teachers on governance matters
  • guidance with aspects of appointing a new head teacher

You can find out more about Governor training courses here.

Why choose us?

Regular quality assured processes indicate very high levels of satisfaction with the quality of clerking service, governor training courses and termly briefings sessions for head teachers and chairs of governing bodies.

The evaluations captured at the end of the 2014-15 academic year of the school governance service overall were exceptionally positive as follows:

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Charges are dependent on the level of support required – quotations can be provided on request.

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Customer feedback

"It is clear to us that it is an exception rather than the rule to have the level of Governance support that we receive in Telford.

The advice from the experienced team is invaluable to us. There is nothing worse than working in a school on something that you know others are working on in their own settings.

The governance team encourages the sharing of exemplary practice and thus allows Governing bodies some relief from the pain of reinventing the wheel! We don’t buy back into all services but Governance support is one that we would not hesitate in recommending to anyone!"

Customer feedback

“We can’t speak too highly of the tremendous level of support Governors and staff received from The School Improvement Team at Telford. We were reassured that the team clearly knew their stuff: they gave practical advice and straight forward assistance which enabled us to move from a Requires Improvement School to a Good School with outstanding features at our latest Ofsted in October 2014. Given the rate of progress seen, we’d also say it was money well spent; cost effective with evident outcomes.”

Customer feedback

"Our Governing Body have been on a journey over the last few years improving from inadequate in 2009 to consistently good from 2012 onwards. This is due, in no small part, to the guidance, training and advice from the School Governance Service. The training that we have taken part in is relevant and of a high quality with our Governors gaining knowledge and confidence in their roles and responsibility. I thoroughly recommend it!"


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