Welcome to the Essex Clerks' Assocation 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 on behalf of their schools and the Governing Body.

The ECA website is a forum for clerks to share best practice, including access to our regular briefing papers, legal and best practice guidance, information about the association and model documents and templates. We aim to keep all clerks up to date, in a time of great change - visit our Academies page - under Help and Information.

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 are reaching the end of our sixth year supporting clerks across the county and have many more plans for the ECA, including a focus on quality assurance, which has been highlighted by the demands of the new Ofsted framework and the Government focus on school improvement. ECC Governor Services is supporting us with a significant donation this year, which has enabled the association to offer refresher training for established clerks, facilitate introductory and follow up meetings when clerks take up a new position at a school, and support Governor Services in planning the annual clerks' conference.

Join us

If you and your clerk wish to receive regular support and information please send £15 payable to the Essex Clerks' Association to the address on the subscription invoice.

In return for this subscription your clerk and governing body will receive:

  • 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.

To book a place at the clerk briefings and other training courses run by Schools Learning and Development, please email schools-ld@essex.gov.uk

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