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NGA’s Clerking Matters campaign has the following aims:

  1. to increase the understanding of the importance of the work of clerks and what can be expected of a well-trained clerk
  2. to help governing boards find good clerks where there is difficulty in doing this
  3. to help clerks know where continuing professional development can be found
  4. to encourage appropriate remuneration of clerks

Clerking Network

  • Our regular Clerking Network meetings are held virtually, providing an opportunity to share knowledge, experience, good practice and updates on the campaign.

The campaign has a number of initiatives attached to it:

  • The Find us a Clerk Service, which provides governing boards with a platform to advertise their vacant clerks’ positions and for clerks to advertise their services to boards.
  • Essential resources including model role descriptions that cover clerking responsibilities in different governing structures, and an annual appraisal document covering a twelve-month cycle, which can be adapted to fit different clerking roles.
  • Our Knowledge Centre has a wealth of information and resources  for clerks and governance professionals to deliver support, advice and guidance to their boards.
  • Research and recommendations that inform what clerks should be paid.  
  • NGA’s Leading Governance programme, which offers a Level 3 Certificate in the Clerking of School and Academy Governing Boards accredited by the Chartered Institute of Governance.
  • Learning Link modules specifically for governance professionals and governance modules which will enhance the effectiveness and good practice of governance professionals
  • Our Annual Clerks’ conference provides clerks and governance professionals attending from all over the country with a stimulating programme of keynote speakers, panel discussions and practical workshops. 

Clerking Matters articles

NGA members can receive our Governing Matters magazine, which includes a regular Clerking Matters feature. Recent articles include:​

Contact clerking matters@nga.org.uk  if you have any questions or wish to find out more about the Clerking Matters campaign.

Further resources:

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  • Phone: 0121 237 3780 | Contact Us
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