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School Representative Elections to the Camden Learning Board

School Representative Elections to the Camden Learning Board

School Representative Elections to the Camden Learning Board

07 Oct 2016

Its excellent news that 100% of Camden state funded schools have now joined Camden Learning. That’s 60 schools in all and is quite an achievement.
Consequently all member schools are now eligible to vote in the election for the school representatives on the Camden Learning Board.

In accordance with the membership rules there will be two primary school, two secondary school and one special school representatives (known as non-executive directors) on the board. We now need to attend to the business of seeking nominations for these positions and then holding an election to choose the non-executive directors for each school phase from the proposed candidates.

How can I become a non-executive director?

We are looking for individuals that wish to represent their fellow schools within their particular phase as non-executive directors on the Camden Learning Board. The board will meet on a monthly basis and directors will serve for a one year term in the first instance.
In order to be considered, we are inviting self-nominations from individuals in the form of a short application statement outlining why they wish to be considered and how they will act in the interest of Camden schools.

In the case of primary and secondary schools applications can be from headteachers and governors.
In the case of special schools (due to their limited number) applications can come from members of the school’s senior leadership team and governors.

Please note that any individuals appointed to the Camden Learning Board who are already members of the Management Group will be required to relinquish their Management Group membership to allow others to serve in this capacity.

Applications should be limited to 500 words and will be shared with member schools prior to the election. Nomination forms must be either signed or submitted from the individual’s own email account as we need to verify that all candidates are prepared to serve as directors. A nomination form is attached. If you are interested in standing as a non-executive director candidate please return your nomination form by 5pm Friday 14th October to Clare Oakley (Elections Manager) at clare.oakley@camden.gov.uk

How will the election process work?

Once the nomination deadline has closed candidate statements will be divided into their phase group and uploaded onto the Camden Learning website for the school members to review their phase candidates.
Schools will only be able to vote for candidates in their school phase and each school will have a number of votes equal to the number of places its school phase controls on the board (e.g. primary schools - two votes, secondary schools - two votes, special schools - one vote). In the case of primary and secondary schools they must cast their two votes for two separate candidates.

Voting

During week commencing Monday 17th October emails will be sent to each head teacher of Camden Learning member schools. The email will contain the candidate profiles relating to their particular school phase along with an interactive ballot paper and directions on its use by which they can cast their school’s votes. Chairs of governors will also receive a copy of this email without the ballot paper. It is the responsibility of the head and chair of governors to ensure an appropriate consultation with their governing body regarding how their school will vote within the timeframe allowed. The head will be responsible for casting the votes for their school after appropriate consultation. For reasons of security only completed ballot papers sent from the listed email for each head teacher will be accepted. All votes must be cast by 5 pm Friday 4th November.

The Election Results

Votes submitted will then be counted by the Elections Team with the following elected as non-executive directors to the board of Camden Learning:
• Primary Schools – Two candidates with the most votes become primary representatives on the board
• Secondary Schools – Two candidates with the most votes become secondary representatives on the board
• Special Schools – The candidate with the most votes becomes the special representative on the board

We will announce the successful candidates early week commencing 7th November once the count has been completed.
The successful candidates from each school phase will join the Camden Learning board.

Please download the nomination form here.

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