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.

  • The clerk as a professional advisor - 30th March - 12 noon

    This Better Governor webinar will focus on the key competence of the professional clerk; that of providing advice and guidance to governing boards. We will explore how this is best achieved and outline strategies that clerks can employ to overcome barriers to them being enabled and empowered to do so.

    Consultant: Steve Barker March 2021

  • Listening to your Clerk Podcast

    This podcast features a focussed discussion between our two governance and Clerking experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn. Steve and Linda explore how the role and expectations of the clerk to the Governing Board have evolved and now extend to the confident provision of advice, support and guidance to the chair of the board and all governors. The session focuses on expectations and how working together clerks, chairs and their boards can improv the effectiveness of governance in their school or trust.

    Consultant: Steve Barker March 2021

  • Clerks’ Forum (Recorded March 2021

    This webinar focused on the planned return to school, for all pupils, on March 8th and the implications that this has for governance generally and clerking specifically, both in terms of agenda setting and supporting advice and guidance.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2021

  • Admission Appeal Panels - the role of the Clerk - 25th February - 14:00-15:00

    This Better Governor webinar will explore the vital role that the clerk plays in supporting the work of schools and Academy Trust Appeal Panels. We will focus on how the clerk's role encompasses administration, including minute taking, but also the provision of support and guidance to panel members, and where asked to appellants. Clerks will also be made aware of the additional considerations for the conduct of appeal panel hearings, that have been put in place during the pandemic.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2021

  • Setting the agenda - Podcast

    This Better Governor podcast features a conversation between our two governance experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn. Steve and Linda are discussing the process of Governing Body agenda setting.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2021

  • Clerks' Briefing (Recorded January 2021)

    This Spring Term Clerks' Briefing session ensured clerks to maintained schools and academies are briefed on what they need to know, in preparation for the coming term's meetings. We explored the latest guidance from the Department for Education and its implications for school governance in addition to focusing on key aspects of compliance and effective governance, that clerks should be incorporating into their planning.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2021

  • Clerks' Forum (Recorded December 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar focused on Data Protection from the perspective of the clerk to the Governing Body/Trust Board. We explored GDPR and the 2018 Data Protection Act implementation by schools, what governance should ensure is in place, and the potential considerations that have arisen from Covid-19 and its impact on schools.

    Consultant: Steve Barker December 2020

  • 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

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DfE update school website requirements

On 12th February 2021, the Department for Education updated What maintained schools must publish online and the academy version; What academies, free schools and colleges should publish online. Both publications have been updated to reflect the statutory requirements relating to remote learning.