Clerking

This section will help clerks to governing bodies and trust boards find resources relating to specific expectations of their role and responsibilities. A range of webinars, podcasts and articles detailing good practice, procedural guidance and information on a variety of topics relevant to clerking are contained in this section. Do not forget, generic content on Ofsted, Safeguarding etc. is to be found in other areas of our Better Governor website.

  • Clerks' Forum Webinar (Recorded April 2020)

    This webinar for Clerks explored the role of the professional clerk in supporting the Governing Board through the current COVID-19 pandemic and the associated school closures. The function of governance continues albeit it in a different form and it is vital that information continues to be shared with board members, who continue to be responsible for making key decision.

    Consultant: Linda Lissimore April 2020

  • Clerking - People and Relationships Webinar (Recorded April 2020)

    This webinar, for clerks, examined the People and Relationships element of the Department for Education Clerking Competency Framework. Good relationships are the foundation for providing impartial advice and guidance. We explored the importance of building and maintaining effective working relationships, the use of appropriate influencing skills, and the effective use of a variety of communication tools.

    Consultant: Linda Lissimore March 2020

  • New to Clerking webinar - 25/03/2020 -12-1

    If you are a recently appointed clerk, this webinar will help you understand the key roles and responsibilities of the clerk to the board, introduce you to the Clerking Competency Framework and other essential documents, and signpost you to opportunities for future development.

    Consultant: Linda Lissimore March 2020

  • Clerk's Forum Webinar - Recorded 24th February 2020

    We are almost two years on from GDPR and the Data Protection Act of 2018 and this webinar explored good practice for clerking based on lessons learnt in that time.

    Consultant: Linda Lissimore February 2020

  • Clerks' Briefing Webinar - (Recorded 29th January 2020)

    This Clerks' Briefing webinar is aimed at Clerks to Governing Boards and Trust Boards in both maintained schools and academies. This is an opportunity to get up to speed on the issues that are of relevance to school governance this term, which should influence agenda setting for this term's meetings.

    Consultant: Linda Lissimore January 2020

  • Clerks' Forum webinar - 24th October 2019 (Recorded October 2019)

    This Clerks' Forum was a webinar for clerks of maintained schools and academies and was focused on the clerk's role in governor recruitment. The webinar focused on developing an understanding of the governor recruitment process, understanding the clerk’s role in providing advice, guidance and practical support and raising awareness of an effective induction programme.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2019

  • Clerks' Briefing Webinar (Recorded September 2019)

    This Clerks' Briefing webinar was aimed at Clerks to Governing Boards and Trust Boards in both maintained schools and academies. Get up to speed on the issues that are of relevance to school governance this term, which should influence agenda setting for the term ahead's meetings.

    Consultant: Steve Barker September 2019

  • The role of the Clerk in handling concerns and complaints Webinar (Recorded 12th June 2019)

    This Clerks’ Forum webinar provides clerks to governing bodies and trust boards with the opportunity to come together with other clerks to talk about good practice in handling parental concerns in schools, including clerking a parental complaint panel. We will refer to the latest Department for Education guidance and ensure that we brief clerks on all relevant materials with suggested actions that are appropriate to clerks in providing advice, support and guidance to governors and trustees.

    Consultant: Steve Barker May 2019

  • Clerks’ Briefing webinar recording May 2019

    The Clerks’ Briefing webinar provided clerks to governing bodies and trust boards with an update on the latest developments in educational policy, practice and consultation that should influence agendas for governing body/trust meetings this term. We briefed clerks on relevant subjects and suggested actions that are appropriate to clerks in providing advice, support and guidance to governors and trustees.

    Consultant: Steve Barker May 2019

  • Better Governor Clerks' Forum - Data Protection - webinar recording

    This Better Governor, Clerks' Forum webinar explored the governance of data protection, in the light of the 2018 Data Protection Act, with a specific focus on the role of the clerk.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2019

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Higher Level Teaching Assistant status – what it could mean to your school or trust.

Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) is a nationally recognised status that can dramatically impact schools in a variety of ways. Those involved in governance in maintained schools and academies should be aware of the status and its far-reaching benefits to school communities.