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' - Managing Information Webinar - 3rd June - 12-1PM

    This webinar will focus 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 will 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

  • 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

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This is the second article focusing on the governance of pupil mental health provision in recognition of Mental Health Week (18-22 May 2020). In this article we will further explore the role of governance in oversight of mental health provision for pupils, as schools prepare for wider reopening from 1 June.