The Department for Education (DfE) Clerking Competency Framework is non-statutory guidance setting out the competencies required to deliver professional clerking to school governing boards and multi academy trusts.

How to use the framework

The framework is intended to be used by governing boards as well as clerks.

  • The DfE hopes the guide will help clerks evaluate their own practice and to identify training needs.
  • Governing boards are encouraged to use it to understand how professional clerking can improve the quality of governance, help with recruiting a clerk, for setting their clerk’s objectives and informing their performance appraisal process.

Competencies featured in the framework

The Framework details specific knowledge, skills and behaviours for clerks, grouped under the following competencies:

  1. Understanding governance: understanding the board’s duties and responsibilities including governance legislation and procedures  
  2. Administration: ensuring that the processes and procedures of governance are administered efficiently
  3. Advice and guidance: Access to timely and accurate advice and guidance, or signposting to expert advice where appropriate
  4. People and relationships: ensuring that the board has accurate records of its people and their skills

Further reading 

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