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Our Services

At Clerks Associates UK, we liaise extensively with admission authorities to provide key solutions for appeals and reviews, and to give guidance about the effective governance of schools. Below is an overview of what we offer. Please do get in touch with us if you require further information.

Clerks Associates UK recognises the time consuming and cost implications to admission authorities in presenting their case at appeals.

A member of our team of trained experienced consultants will be assigned to work closely with you. We will visit your school, liaise with Headteachers and Admission Officers pulling together the school’s case and presenting it on your behalf to the parents and independent appeals panel.

You can be confident in the knowledge that your case will be presented professionally, thus enabling you to spend more time on key educational business e.g. teaching and raising educational achievement, curriculum management, preparing for the new OFSTED framework and inspection.

The Admission authority arranging the appeal should provide a presenting officer who must present their decision not to admit the child as clearly as possible and giving all the relevant information’ (DfE School Admission Appeals Code).

By working closely with you we can advise you on your admission procedures and preparation of your case for refusing admission. Our full administrative services include:

  • Document management
  • Communicating with appellants
  • Appointment of fully trained independent panellists
  • Clerking
  • Pool of fully trained panellists
  • Communication with appellants
  • Producing and distributing decision letters
  • Compliance with statutory guidance
  • Advice on statutory regulations

Our full administrative services include the appointment of all independent panellists for the reviews, writing to appellants, copying and distributing all relevant materials, attending, clerking the hearing and preparation of decision letters. By fully managing your review process, we will enable you to spend more time on key educational business e.g. teaching, curriculum management and keeping up to date records for OFSTED inspection.

  • Document management
  • Communicating with appellants
  • Appointment of fully trained independent panellists
  • Clerking
  • Pool of fully trained panellists
  • Pool of fully qualified SEN experts
  • Communication with appellants
  • Producing and distributing decision letters
  • Compliance with statutory guidance
  • Advice on statutory regulations

Our clerking service is provided to a variety of education establishments including Academies, Maintained Schools, Voluntary-Aided Schools (secondary and primary), MATs and UTCs.
We provide services for school governors and offer two levels of clerking service.

Basic service: Provides a clerk who will attend three full governing body meetings a year
Full service: Attend all governing body meetings throughout the year

Whether you need the basic or full service, our clerks are trained to assist governing bodies as follows:

  • Prepare draft agendas for approval by the Chair.
  • Distribute all paperwork within specified timescale.
  • Issue agendas and reports to the governors, the local authority and to the school improvement partners.
  • Take minutes of the meetings and provide a draft copy of the minutes for approval as appropriate and circulate the approved minutes to the governing body.
  • Maintain accurate records of attendance, reporting to governors, the local authority or Diocese as required.
  • Assist with any necessary action in collaboration with the chair, as appropriate, on the appointment and or removal of governors.

Our clerks have a background in education and business, including education charities and as company secretaries.
Our clerks will provide procedural advice on governance matters as appropriate.

We are pleased to offer an expert service from our Education Consultant, Matt Miller.

Appointed as one of the first National Leaders of Governance (NLG) in March 2012, Matt has been mentoring and coaching Chairs of Governors in schools across north and east London. As part of the ‘System Leadership’ programme run by the National College, his work also involves developing and improving governing bodies through a process of externally supported self-review. Matt has previously been invited to speak at the National Conferences on ‘Accountability and Governance’ on behalf of the NLG programme and have helped shape new governance policy proposals with the All Party Parliamentary Group. Matt is also privileged to Chair the governing body of an ‘outstanding’ north London secondary school which has presented an interesting range of challenges since it opened its doors as the country’s first purpose built PFI School in 2000.

Matt's career started 1980 in the Metropolitan Police as a promising detective, and rose through the ranks to enjoy the rewards that come with hard work, self-belief and most importantly, a commitment to serving the community. Somewhere between policing and governance was a medium by which Matt realised that he could affect change, have an opportunity to change young lives and drive educational improvement. Having trained London’s next generation of detectives, Matt now works with governors to make sure they are producing the best next generation of youngsters. He was the recipient of Enfield’s 2012 ‘Outstanding Governor of the Year Award’.

Clerks Associates have developed a series of training modules and workshops specifically designed to support governors in providing the best learning outcomes for pupils. The new Ofsted framework has raised the bar in terms of accountability for governors with ‘leadership’ at the heart of securing better teaching, better governance and better schools. With more and more Academies coming on line and the ever changing educational landscape there is one constant: high quality governance is crucial to driving school improvement. Although there is a differing regulatory framework for academies and schools, the principles of good governance remain the same.

You can contact Matt directly on 020 8920 3662 or email info@clerksassociates.co.uk

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