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East Sussex Governors Forum

The East Sussex Governors Forum (ESGF) is a corporate, independent body, affiliated to the National Governors' Association (NGA) to act as a vehicle for expressing the collective views of governors and to make appropriate representation to the Local Authority Children's Services, the NGA and other bodies as appropriate. 

ESGF is non-party political and non-sectarian. Members of ESGF foster good practice amongst East Sussex governing boards, exchange ideas within the county and also act as a consultative body over policy formation for the County Council and other organisations.

What does the ESGF do?

ESGF meets 3 times per year, prior to meeting with elected members at the County Forum.

The main objectives of these meetings are to discuss:

  • Local and national policy change
  • Issues raised by governors
  • Consultation and constructive challenge on the development of school policies by the Local Authority
  • Feedback from the ESGF session at the Local Area Forums
  • To agree content of the Local Area Forums.

Members of ESGF then take any issues raised through to County Forum to discuss with County Councillors and Senior Officers of East Sussex County Council.

ESGF Representatives attend governor Local Area Forums, in some areas chairing that meeting. At the end of the presentations and discussion, members of ESGF meet with the governor community to discuss any issues they may have, look at the Hot Topic question and offer advice and guidance.


Role of the ESGF members

Members are expected to:

  • Attend their Local Area Forum. Meetings take place 3 times per year.
  • Be the governor representative of their Education Improvement Partnership (EIP)
  • Attend ESGF and County Forum 3 times per year..
  • Foster good practice and communication amongst the East Sussex governor community.
  • Provide challenge to the Local Authoirty on the development of policies and practices and act as a response group for the purpose of consultation on key issues.
  • Offer assistance to governors dealing with difficult issues or circumstances.
  • Make appropriate representation to the NGA through regional and national conferences and exchange ideas and information.

 


Contact the Chair of ESGF 

For further information about ESGF, or if you would be interested in joining the group, please contact the chair  of ESGF  - Karen Marr.


 

ESGF Newsletters

The ESGF Newsletters can be found here


Contact your local representatives

 

Name

School

Tenure start date

Tenure end date

Special Responsibility

1

Denise Kong

Laughton Primary School

Kings Academy Ringmer

The Cavendish School

20/02/15

19/02/19

 

2

Stuart Ford

Seahaven Academy

Harbour Primary School

20/02/15

19/02/19

 

3

Monica Whitehead

Claverham Community College

20/02/15

19/02/19

 

4

Geoff Lucas

The Riverside Federation

23/02/15

22/02/19

 

5

Jane McCarthy-Penman

Shinewater Primary Academy

Langney Primary Academy

26/02/16

25/02/20

 

6

Matthew Jones

Harlands Primary School

12/10/16

11/10/20

 

7

Richard Sage

Chantry Primary School

12/10/16

11/10/20

 

8

Sue Berry

Newick Primary School

02/05/18

01/05/22

 

9

Jane Branson

Chyngton Primary School

Willingdon Community School

02/05/18

01/05/22

 

10

Duncan Irvine

Uckfield Community College

South Ashdown School Federation

02/05/18

01/05/22

 

11

Karen Marr

Robertsbridge Community College

Jarvis Brook Primary School

25/01/2017

24/01/21

NLG Representative. Co-opted onto the Forum.

12

Jenny Barnard Langston

Fletching Primary School

02/05/18

01/05/22

 

 

Meetings and County Forum

ESGF meets 3 times per year, prior to the County Forum. The main objectives of these meetings are to discuss:

  • Local and national policy changes
  • Consultation on the development of school policies by the Local Authority
  • Issues raised by governors

 

  • Feedback at Governor Area Meetings
  • Content of the Governor Area Meetings

Members of ESGF then take any issues raised through to County Forum to discuss with County Councillors and Senior Officers of East Sussex County Council.

Governors are able to raise any issues or concerns with their local ESGF representative. Please use the above email

Attachments

ESGF Newsletters

Copies of the East Sussex Governors Forum Newsletters can be found here.

ESGF Newsletter

April 2018 ESGF Newsletter

ESGF Newsletter - July 2018

Newsletter from ESGF

East Sussex Headline Figures

Headline Figures 2017/18