The role of the clerk

All boards must have a clerk. Find out who can be clerk, and be clear on what the role involves so you can work with your governance professional effectively. Use our model role description if you’re recruiting a clerk.

Last reviewed on 17 May 2023
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  1. Your board’s governance professional
  2. Use our role description
  3. The rules on who can be the clerk

Your board’s governance professional

Your clerk supports your board to be as effective as it can be.

Have a solid understanding of governance Your clerk will provide advice on governance legal and procedural matters and help your board remain compliant. They’ll: Keep your board up to date with changes you need to be aware of, like updates to guidance Know and understand: The key features of effective governance Your board’s governance structure and core functions Key national education policies The local education context your board operates in Understand your board’s: Legal duties, such as requirements around data protection and equalities Internal procedures, such as safeguarding procedures Code of conduct Strategic priorities, culture, value and ethos Understand the board’s accountability to and relationship with other bodies E.g. the Department for Education, ESFA and Ofsted Know which information about pupil performance and financial management you board will use to hold leaders to account In maintained schools, your clerk will know and understand: Your instrument of government Any trust deeds, if your