Advancing Governance professionals
NGA is committed to championing governance professionals in their vital role providing independent and expert advice and guidance to the board on its duties and functions, and delivering administrative support which contributes to the efficiency, effectiveness, productivity and compliance of boards in academies and maintained schools.
NGA’s work on advancing governance professionals began with the Clerking Matters campaign. The campaign was set up in 2013 with the following aims:
- to increase the understanding of the importance of the work of clerks and what can be expected of a well-trained clerk
- to help governing boards find good clerks where there is difficulty in doing this
- to help clerks know where continuing professional development can be found
- to encourage the appropriate remuneration of clerks
Some key outcomes of the campaign included:
- Our regular Governance Professionals Network meetings are held virtually, providing an opportunity to share knowledge, experience, good practice and updates on the campaign.
- NGA members can receive our Governing Matters magazine, which includes a regular feature on governance professionals. Recent articles include:
- Essential resources in the Knowledge Centre for governance professionals to deliver support, advice and guidance to their boards 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.
- Research and recommendations that inform what clerks should be paid.