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Welcome to the Essex Clerks’ Association Website

The role of the Clerk to the Governing Body of a school or an academy is a unique and important one, and clerks need high quality support and advice in order to carry out their jobs effectively.

The Essex Clerks’ Association is run by volunteers and financed by subscriptions from schools and/or clerks across Essex and by occasional donations from professional organisations.  We have now been supporting clerks across the county for many years and we hope that, in some small way, we have helped – in particular, in this time of great change for both education and governance.

Each year we send out a notice to schools asking for a small subscription fee of £15.  This is also payable directly to our Membership Officer at

In return for this subscription you will help to support us in offering the following to Essex clerks:-

  • Regular briefing papers on topical subjects relevant to school governance
  • Access to the dedicated website and a facility to ask questions
  • The opportunity to attend termly meetings to share good practice and meet and network with other clerks.
  • The next Clerk’s Briefing has been scheduled for Tuesday, 10 September 2019 at 5pm at King John School, Shipwrights Drive, Thundersley, Benfleet, SS7 1RQ OR Wednesday, 11 September 2019 at 5pm at Passmores Academy, Tracyes Road, Harlow, CM18 6JH– all attendance at briefings is free and open to any clerk in Essex – briefings are an opportunity for clerks to get up to date with the latest information, to discuss issues and concerns and to network – to book please contact 

More information about the Essex Clerks’ Association and membership can be found in the About ECA section of our site.

Please do not hesitate to contact me, Tina Weavers, the ECA Chair, or any of our Executive Committee – between us with have years of experience and we will do as much as we can to help. For any clerking questions please contact Angela Fuller,  ECA Communications Officer, who will try to assist you.

Presentation slides from both the Summer Term’s Clerks’ Briefings and the documents accompanying thiem can be found under Meetings for all Clerks

If your school / college has facilities which ECA could use for its Briefings (we are prepared to pay a small charge for any booking and for refreshments), please contact the Chair as we are always looking for opportunities to move around the County to give better access to all our clerks.  Briefings are held near the beginning of each term and start at 5pm for two hours – we do like to be able to offer clerks a cup of tea and cake or biscuits!

NEW Governance Handbook MARCH 2019

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  • Regular briefing papers on topical subjects relevant to school governance.
  • Access to the dedicated website.
  • The opportunity to attend termly meetings to share good practice and
  • meet and network with other clerks.

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Recent News

Latest Briefings

Governance Handbook 2017
Competency Framework for Governance
Attendance – strategies for secondaries Herts (but useful for all)

Latest Documents

Chil Protection Policy April 2017
Child Protection Policy December 2016

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