Top marks for education support team

The Somerset team that provides advice, support and training to governors, clerks and trustees in schools, colleges and other education providers has won a top award.  

Somerset County Council’s Support Services for Education (SSE) triumphed over big-budget, multi-nationals to win the prestigious Chartered Governance Institute (ICSA) Service Provider of the Year Award.

The awards recognise excellence in governance, rewarding the work and achievements of companies, teams and individuals from across the governance profession.

SSE Governance delivers training that offers continued professional development either through e-learning or face to face sessions, as well as providing a helpline via phone and email for specific guidance to governance boards. Topics range from inductions for new head teachers to safeguarding responsibilities.

Councillor Faye Purbrick, Cabinet Member for Schools, said: “The award is excellent recognition for the team and the amazing work that they do.

“We receive very positive feedback from our clients, customers and those who volunteer for education governance; who all value our knowledge and training.

“There was some very tough competition for the award and the team have really done Somerset proud by bringing home the trophy.”

SSE is the not-for-profit traded unit within the County Council, offering a range of services and training to all education providers Schools, Academies, Further Education Colleges, Early Years Providers, Childcare Settings, Charities and Local Authorities. 

As well as governance, SSE provide a whole host of services including teacher training, music provision, outdoor residentials and a school library service plus numerous business support services. You can find out more about Support Services for Education  here: