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.

  • Understanding the Company Secretary Function (Recorded November 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar explored the role of the Company Secretary, which many clerks, within Academies, find themselves asked to fulfil. We explored the key duties relating to the role of Company Secretary, as they apply within an academy trust, focusing on the elements of Company Law, compliance and filing.

    Consultant: Steve Barker November 2020

  • Clerks' Forum (Parent and Staff Governor Elections) (Recorded October 2020)

    This Better Governor Clerks' Forum focused on the processes and procedures, administered by most clerks, underpinning the election of parent and staff governors. Against the backdrop of regulations, we explored what clerks need to ensure is in place and what discretion schools have in creating their own procedures. We provided good practice guidance, including how to organise online elections, which may be more appropriate with the current Covid-19 restrictions in place.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2020

  • Clerks’ Forum (Recorded August 2020)

    After nearly six months of managing changes to governance practice due to the pandemic, this Better Governor webinar used the DfE school governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances) regulations, and the constitution of governing bodies of maintained schools statutory guidance as a basis for exploring some common myths and governance practice errors to ensure clerks are able to provide robust advice and guidance to their bards during the autumn term. We considered regulatory advice and good practice in the management of chairs elections, parent /staff governors, co-headship and who can attend meetings and in what capacity, as well as taking questions raised by webinar participants.

    Consultant: Linda Lissimore August 2020

  • Clerks' Forum. Policies - the Clerks' role Webinar (Recorded June 2020)

    This webinar focused on improving clerking practice in the management of school policy review. Using the DfE Policy guidance document as a starting point we explore; why policy oversight is crucial for effective governance, which policies require board approval, and how a review schedule can be built into the annual work programme.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2020

  • Clerking - business meetings and work programmes (Recorded June 2020)

    This webinar focuses on improving clerking practice in the administration and organisation of governing body business cross the annual cycle. Using the DfE Clerking Competency Framework as a guide we explore the clerking role with regard to compliance, board agree protocols and leadership. We also consider the impact of COVID-19 on the function of governance and share best practice advice.

    Consultant: Linda Lissimore June 2020

  • Clerks' - Managing Information Webinar (Recorded June 2020)

    This webinar focuses on improving clerking practice relating to the management of governing board records including documentation circulated with meeting agendas. Referencing the DfE Clerking Competency Framework as our guide we explore the clerking role in maintaining confidentiality, data protection and freedom of information. We will also consider the legal expectations for the storage and management of records and documents used to support effective governance.

    Consultant: Linda Lissimore May 2020

  • New to Clerking Webinar (Recorded May 2020)

    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.

    : May 2020

  • Clerks' Forum - Clerking virtual Meetings (Recorded May 2020)

    This webinar focused on the clerking skills and behaviours required to support virtual governing board meetings. We explored the impact of working in a virtual environment on clerking function from convening the meeting, approving the agenda and circulating documents, through to note taking and approval of the minutes. We also reflected on how these changes impact communication, and practice and provide an opportunity for you to address any challenges to date.

    Consultant: Linda Lissimore April 2020

  • Clerking - Minutes & Agendas webinar (Recorded April 2020)

    This webinar focused on improving clerking practice in the management of board meetings from agenda setting through to the approval and signature of the minutes. Using the DfE Clerking Competency Framework as a guide, we explored how agendas should be drafted to focus the board on their core functions, the importance of a work planner to aid both agenda setting and decision making, and best practice in taking notes and writing up minutes of meetings.

    Consultant: Linda Lissimore April 2020

  • Clerks' Briefing Webinar - Recorded April 2020

    This webinar focused on the clerks' role in providing advice and support for governance throughout the summer term and with a particular focus on any adaptations due to current Coronavirus restrictions. We explored the recruitment and re-appointment/election of board members, support for a change in governing body leadership, the clerks' role in training and development, and preparation for the new school year.

    Consultant: Linda Lissimore April 2020


Pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds worst affected by the loss of learning

The Department of Education (DfE) has published research findings examining the extent of learning amongst all students in England, during the Autumn and Spring terms of the current academic year. The research was conducted by The Education Policy Institute (EPI) and Renaissance Learning, for the DfE and follows interim findings from earlier research, published in February this year.