A clerk's guide to producing the agendaThe agenda can be the difference between an efficient, productive meeting and one that rambles on endlessly. Find out how to prepare, draft, and finalise your agenda so you can run efficient meetings.
Autumn term 2020 agenda items and how to prepareHere's a rundown of the headline issues you're likely to cover in your full governing board or committee meetings this term. Read on to understand each issue, and feel prepared with links to further reading and questions to ask.
How to prepare for your next governing board meetingPrepare fully for your governing board meetings to make sure you add value and can hold the school to account effectively. Download our pre-meeting checklist to stay on top of the agenda, get to grips with the critical information in the headteacher's report, and plan questions to ask.
Spring term 2021 agenda items and how to prepareHere are the headline issues you're likely to cover in your full governing board meeting this term. Read on to understand each issue and feel prepared with questions you can ask to interrogate the agenda items effectively.
A clerk's guide to producing minutesGetting the minutes right is essential to your role as a clerk. Use our minutes template and advice on taking and writing up notes, and our checklist for checking the minutes, to help you do this.
Committee meeting minutes: proceduresWhat are the procedures for signing and distributing minutes from committee meetings? We look at the regulations on agreeing, signing and distributing committee meeting minutes in maintained schools. We also relay good practice advice for academies, who can decide their own procedures.
How to handle confidential minutes from meetingsUnderstand when and how to make minutes confidential and what to do if you've had a breach. You'll also learn when and how to release confidential minutes under the Freedom of Information Act.
Extraordinary meetings of the governing boardFind out when extraordinary meetings are called, and the process for calling one in maintained schools and academies. You can also see examples of minutes from extraordinary meetings.
Quorum for meetingsLearn what it means for a meeting to be quorate and how to calculate a quorum to ensure you have the votes you need to get business done.
Virtual meetings: your complete guideYour board may still be meeting remotely due to coronavirus. Find out how to run your virtual meetings effectively with our one-stop shop for chairs and clerks.