Consultation on Future Trading for Governor Services

We need Headteachers and Chairs of Governors of schools in Suffolk to give their views on the future trading of Governor Services.

This consultation will be open until Tuesday 24 May 2016.

Why have a consultation on Governor Services?schools choice

Schools' Choice provides Governor Services to schools in Suffolk.

Without support from Suffolk County Council, this service is currently running at a considerable deficit. 

In 2015/16 there was an overall loss of £130,000 on an income of £460,000.

This situation is untenable and requires alterations if the service is to continue. Therefore we need to the views of all Headteachers and Chairs of Governors to determine a way forward.

What are the proposed options?

We've compiled the following 3 options available to schools:

 

Cost of Clerk per annum

Clerking Support Service per annum

Subscription Service per annum

Option 1

£811 N/A £347

Option 2

Direct and indirect employment cost of clerk Cost of your school ensuring the clerk has access to professional advice and support Cost of your school ensuring the governors can obtain updates, help and guidance

Option 3

Employment cost of clerk £500 £347 or £500

Find out more about each option below by clicking the title to expand the section: 

Schools' Choice will continue to offer the service, at a higher cost:

 

Current cost

New cost

3 meetings per annum £583 £811
6 meetings per annum £1061 £1316
12 meetings per annum £1920 £2328

 In order for this service to continue, there would need to be at least 150 schools firmly committed for the next 18 months.

The new pricing would come into effect from 1 September 2016, with no increase in April 2017.

The option would also offer the introduction of the following new services (these would also be available as part of Option 3):

  • A clerking support service
  • A quality assurance mark for governance
  • Subscription service

The clerking services would be stopped from 1 September 2016. Schools would then source and employ their own clerks. 

The post of Schools' Choice clerks and support staff would be made redundant.

The clerking services would be stopped from 1 September 2016. Schools would then source and employ their own clerks.

The following new service would then be introduced (these services would also be available as part of Option 1):

  • A clerking support service
  • A Quality Assurance mark for governance
  • Subscription service

Give your views

You can give feedback on the options above by completing this online survey.

Please ensure that you have given feedback before the closing date of Tuesday 24 May 2016.

All Headteachers and Chair of Governors will be written to in June, with the results of the consultation.

Find out more

For further information you can contact Julia Dolan, General Manager for Schools' Choice: