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What makes The Key the market leader?

The Key for School Governors gives peace of mind that governing bodies have access to the information they need to perform their critical role well. We offer:

  • Unmatched expertise: we've been supporting schools since 2007, so our expertise, experience and contacts in the sector are unmatched by any other provider
  • A wealth of resources and information: the breadth and depth of our knowledge base is unparalleled
  • Rigorous approach to quality: our dedicated quality assurance team and process ensure that the information we provide is up to date and accurate
  • Complete independence: our in-house team is completely impartial and we do not work with commercial affiliates. This means that we provide information that is in our members' best interests only
  • A specialised focus on the unique needs of governors: we run our governor service separately to our school leader service to address governors' distinct needs

Not all information providers offer the same level of expertise, accuracy, quality and service. If you are choosing an information or support service for your governing body, you may want to look out for:

1. Experience you have full trust and confidence in

    • We've been answering governors' questions since 2011 and supporting school leadership teams since 2007
    • Nearly half of schools in England are members of The Key; we have more than 16,000 governor members

98% of members would recommend us to governors of other schools (spring survey, 2015)

  • 98% of members would recommend us to governors of other schools (spring survey, 2015)

2. Unrivalled expertise and contacts

  • Advice from our network of associate experts, including national leaders of governance and experts in corporate and voluntary sector governance
  • An official partner of SGOSS – Governors for Schools, and close contacts in over 1,200 organisations in the sector, including the DfE, Ofsted and NGA
  • Many of our staff are governors so have practical experience of school governance

3. Unlimited, fast and bespoke question-answering service

  • Ask us any number of questions via our 'Ask the expert' service
  • We'll source information, guidance, sample documents, templates, checklists, and more
  • A clear commitment on response times – a well-researched answer within three working days

4. Instant access to an unparalleled wealth of information and resources

24/7 access to our website – over 1,500 articles with information, guidance and resources ...

  • 24/7 access to our website – over 1,500 articles with information, guidance and resources ...
  • ... including over 750 examples of school policies
  • The vast majority of the time, you'll find what you need already on our site

5. A way to be always in-the-know

  • A weekly News Briefing email summarising important sector news and updates
  • Need-to-know emails informing you of urgent sector changes and developments as soon as they happen
  • News and need-to-know articles on our websites with more in-depth coverage of individual news stories and updates

6. Impartial in-house team to ensure independent, authoritative information

  • Carefully researched and verified information, produced by a skilled in-house team
  • Complete independence – no allegiance to government, political parties or causes, and no sponsorship or advertising relationships
  • We focus only on what is in the best interests of our members

7. Total commitment to quality

    • Robust quality assurance built into every aspect of what we do

Thorough checks on everything we publish – for accuracy, currency, impartiality and practical value

  • Thorough checks on everything we publish – for accuracy, currency, impartiality and practical value
  • All content updated in a regular cycle, whenever anything changes and in response to feedback

8. State-of-the-art technology for ease of use and up-to-date information

  • Submit questions, search and view content on our website anywhere and on any device
  • Subscribe to automated updates on topics of particular interest
  • We invest in technology to improve our service to you

9. Personalised, helpful service – more than just a website

  • Dedicated and knowledgeable member support officers on hand to help you with all enquiries
  • Customised, role-specific e-newsletters and alerts about information and resources relevant to you
  • Available by phone and email, Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

10. Focused on the unique needs of school governors

  • You can be sure that everything we offer is entirely relevant
  • Membership covers everyone on the governing body, with tailored support for individual roles
  • Governors and school leaders have distinct and specific needs. We run The Key for School Leaders completely separately to address this

 


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