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Please see Meetings and Events page for details of our next virtual clerk update – to be held on Tuesday 18th April 2023 at 5.00pm. Please note that this will also be the ECA AGM. As usual reserve your place by e-mailing our Secretary, Sue Leek, on

Please note our successful CLERKS CONFERENCE  will take place on

Thursday 11th MAY 2023 again at the JobServe Community Stadium (formerly Weston Homes) Colchester. Please see the save the date document below


Please book your place by contacting bookings.

We managed to record  the Zoom briefing held on 10th January 2023 (after agreement from the participants) for those of you who were unable to attend and you can access it using the link below when I have managed to upload it. Sorry but we appear to have had technical difficulties so the recordning didn’t happen this time – apologies for those of you who could not join us on the night. We will try again for the next briefing.

This is the link from the previous briefing which I will leave on here for now.

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


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 Spring Term’s virtual Clerks’ Briefings can be found under Meetings for all Clerks

If your school / college has facilities which ECA could use for its Briefings, when we are able to meet face to face (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 would love to be able to offer clerks a cup of tea and cake or biscuits but currently the meetings are virtual!

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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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