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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  1. Find the training you need
  2. Earn a clerking certification
  3. A note on training for clerks in single and multi-academy trusts
  4. Stay up to date with changes in education

Please note: we refer to several training providers in this article, but this is for information only – we don't endorse or recommend any particular providers.

Find the training you need

Training is available from various sources, such as:

Local authorities (LAs)

Your LA should be the first place you look for low-cost (and sometimes free!) training closest to you.

For example, Solihull Council offers governor services (see 'Service package form' under 'Documents'), including training for new clerks on:

  • Why schools have boards
  • The clerk's role and responsibilities
  • How to be an effective clerk
  • How to develop good working relationships
  • Where to find support and training

It also holds regular 'good practice meetings' to ensure clerks know their role and responsibilities.

The National Association of School and College Clerks (NASCC) is a membership organisation for clerks and governance professionals. It provides regular training sessions for members, while championing the role and campaigning for better pay and conditions. Find out more about how

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