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  • A clerking competency framework We summarise the clerking competency framework, published in April 2017, in just one page. You can also download a copy of this QuickRead as a ready-made resource to share with colleagues.
  • Can the clerk be a member of school staff? Can a member of staff also be clerk to the governors? We look at the regulations for maintained schools and academies. This article also includes advice from two of our associate experts, as well as LA guidance, on the advantages and disadvantages of this arrangement.
  • Clerk to governors in maintained schools: pay and hours As a clerk, a lot of factors inform your pay and working hours. See some examples of hours and pay from local authorities and read guidelines from our experts.
  • Clerk to the governing board: role description Download our model role description to help you hire a clerk with the right skills – it's based on the Clerking Competency Framework. Plus, see examples of job descriptions from schools.
  • How to carry out your clerk's appraisal Your clerk is your board's governance professional. Learn how to carry out an annual performance review so you can drive high standards and support your clerk's professional development.
  • Involvement in meetings: clerk to the governing board How involved should a clerk be in governing board meetings? This article addresses the clerk's role in meetings, as set out in the clerking competency framework. It also relays an expert's advice on what to do if governors are concerned about the clerk's level of involvement.
  • Recruiting a clerk (maintained) How can we recruit a clerk to governors? Governing boards can do this through their LA clerking service, or independently. We look at examples of clerking services and link to recruitment resources, including a model person specification based on the clerking competency framework.
  • Role of the clerk (maintained) What are the duties of the clerk to governors? We cite the regulations on the functions of a clerk in a maintained school, and relay advice on the clerk's role in updating policies. We also look at a job description from a local authority.
  • Skills audit: clerk to the governing board Free sample Evaluate your skills and knowledge and identify your training needs with our downloadable skills audit for clerks based on the competency framework.
  • The clerk's role in supporting the effectiveness of the governing body How can the clerk ensure the governing body works effectively? We look at regulations and DfE advice on the clerk's role in the effective running of the governing body. We also relay advice from two of our associate education experts about how clerks can help governors work more efficiently.
  • The role of the clerk What is the role of a governing board's clerk? In this article, we look at the role of a clerk as set out in the clerking competency framework and the Governance Handbook. The article applies to clerks in maintained schools, academies and multi-academy trusts.
  • Training for clerks to the governing board Clerks should have all of the skills and knowledge set out in the clerking competency framework. Discover what funding is available to you and where to find the training you need.
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