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Welcome to the Essex Clerks’ Association Website


Please see Meetings and Events page for details of our next virtual clerk update – date to be confirmed.  As usual reserve your place by e-mailing our Secretary, Sue Leek, on

Please note our successful CLERKS CONFERENCE  took place on Thursday 11th MAY 2023 again at the JobServe Community Stadium (formerly Weston Homes) Colchester. Please see the meetings and events page for more information and presentations.

For all conference events please book your place by contacting bookings.

We managed to record  the Zoom briefing held on 12th September 2023 (after agreement from the participants) for those of you who were unable to attend and you can access it using the link below.

Part one of the briefing.

Part 2 of the briefing after the breakout rooms.


We have sent a news update to all clerks via email which can also be downloaded below.  The update includes information about the briefing in September 2023  and the FREE clerks’ conference next May.

Our next clerk’s briefing is on 16th January 2024. Booking will be as usual.


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

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

  • 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.
  • 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 bookings

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.

The documents from the AutumnTerm’s virtual Clerks’ Briefings can be found under Meetings for all Clerks

Briefings are held near the beginning of each term and start at 5pm for two hours – we would love to be able to offer clerks a cup of tea and cake or biscuits but currently the meetings are virtual as they seem to be better for clerks!

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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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