The Essex Governor Effectiveness Mark


Are you a proactive governing body, looking for a systematic approach to self-evaluation and development?

The Essex Governor Effectiveness Mark is an award for governing bodies, which recognises their contribution to school effectiveness and their drive for school improvement. This inclusive award can be achieved by all types and sizes of schools.

Key features include:

a framework for self-evaluation based on nine elements related to the expectations of governance as laid out in Ofsted’s School Inspection Handbook validation of the impact and effectiveness of the governing body in driving school improvement advice on future areas for development and routes to further support effective governance prestigious public recognition for the work of the governing body and its contribution to school improvement regular re-accreditation (three yearly) to support continuous improvement

The Essex Governor Effectiveness Mark materials and validation visit are costed at £900. Payment at registration releases the materials to your school to begin the process.

For more information, please contact Linda Talbot at or visit the EES for Schools CPD website at and search for "Effectiveness Mark".


I see the Essex Governors’ Effectiveness Mark as a very useful tool for our governors to continue this self-improvement, and in determining how effective they are in support of their school. In Basildon we are piloting the use of the Mark as a way of focussing training, raising confidence and identifying areas of strength and weakness, so that schools can support and challenge each other more effectively. Strong governance is vital if we are to sustain and increase the recent improvements we have seen in school performance.

Sir Mike Tomlinson, CBE (Chair, Basildon Excellence Panel)


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