Interview questions for a clerk to the governing board
Use these interview questions when you recruit your next clerk and see what to look for in a response. They're based on the DfE's clerking competency framework.
The questions below are suggestions based on the competencies set out in the Department for Education's (DfE) competency framework for clerks - see pages 9 to 14 for more information.
Questions What a good answer looks like What are the core functions of the governing board? Knowledge of ensuring strategic direction; holding leaders to account; overseeing financial performance What do you understand of the governing board's 'strategic' role? Understanding of the difference between operational and strategic involvement What do you think the role of the clerk involves? What makes a good clerk? Knowledge of the role of the clerk What skills and experience would you bring to the role? Reference to qualities such as punctuality, attention to detail, time management, recording important information What are the board's responsibilities in terms of record-keeping and the retention of information? What's the clerk's role in relation to other organisations, such as Ofsted and the DfE? What legislation do you think might apply? Importance of