Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

The Company has established Special Interest Groups – SIGs – to provide a way for members to share an area of expertise and interest, to learn more about an area they are unfamiliar with and to give opportunities for a topic of particular concern to a group of members to be explored in greater detail.

All SIGS are open to all members of the Company, including those with considerable knowledge and expertise in the area concerned, but also to those who are just interested in hearing more about the subjects covered. They are led by a Company member – as SIG Lead. Some SIGs also have external experts outside the Company as regular attenders.

Any Liveryman may put forward a proposal to start a new SIG and new Groups are forming regularly. SIGs established presently are:

A_Arts and Cultural Education (SIG ARTS)

B_Careers Information and Guidance (SIG CIG)

C_Education and the Criminal Justice System (SIG ECJS)

D_Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning (SIG FES

E_Higher Education (SIG HE)

F_Informal Outdoor Education (SIG IOE)

G_Multi Academy Trusts (SIG MAT)

H_Military Education (SIG ME)

IJ_Special Educational Needs (SIG SEND)

K_School Improvement and Leadership (SIG SIL)

The Court has approved an updated protocol for the formation and operation of the SIGS. Proposals for new SIGs are considered by the Engagement Committee, and if supported, they are presented to the Court for approval. The SIG Lead is appointed and helped to develop the SIG’s by the Engagement Committee. The Court has also confirmed the roles of those involved in the work of the SIGs. The Engagement Committee has oversight of the current SIGs and there is a SIG Co-ordinator on the Committee to provide guidance and advice as necessary.