Clerk's induction: checklist and guidance

Know how to provide an effective induction for your new clerk so they can hit the ground running. A thoughtful induction process will also serve as evidence of your commitment to training. Download our checklist to make sure you've got everything covered.

Last reviewed on 28 July 2023
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  1. Who's responsible for the clerk's induction?
  2. On appointment
  3. Appoint a mentor alongside regular guidance and support
  4. Help your clerk get up to speed before their first board meeting 
  5. Your clerk's first governing board meeting
  6. After the first meeting

Who's responsible for the clerk's induction?

Multi-academy trusts (MATs): you might have a governance professional in the central team who provides induction for all clerks across your trust. Sometimes this might be delegated to the headteacher or the chair of governors of the academy the clerk will be working at. If you're not sure, check with your MAT governance professional or chair of trustees. 

Single academy trusts: the chair of governors or the headteacher will usually lead the induction, though they can delegate it. 

On appointment

Invite your new clerk to an informal welcome meeting

This meeting should be with the governance professional, the chair of governors and the headteacher of the academy that the clerk will be working at. It'll give you an opportunity to:

It will also help to ensure your clerk feels welcome