Last reviewed on 17 September 2021
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Get the headline information you need about what the clerking competency framework is, and how you can use it. Download this QuickRead to share with your board.

What is it?

The clerking competency framework provides non-statutory guidance on the knowledge, skills and behaviours clerks need. 

The framework applies to maintained schools, federations, academies and multi-academy trusts (MATs) – while it doesn't apply to other school types, the general principles are still useful.

It's made up of 4 core competencies

These are:

  1. Understanding governance
  2. Administration 
  3. Advice and guidance 
  4. People and relationships 

The framework explains why each competency is important for effective governance.

For clerks to demonstrate their competency, it then lists either the:

  • ‘Knowledge and understanding’ or
  • ‘Skills and effective behaviours’ they need

How can we use the framework?

As a governing board, you can use the framework to:

If you're a clerk: you