This report on the role of clerks aimed to gain new research-based insights into the role of the clerk and to bring about professional learning across the ‘FE clerk community’ by engaging clerks in the various regions in England fully in the research process.

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The role of ‘clerk to the corporation’ of further education (FE) institutions in England is a very significant one in the governance of those institutions. To find out more about the role, the Education and Training Foundation commissioned a team from the University of Bath to research the role in particular in relation to ensuring high quality college governance. This document reports the research undertaken and the findings.

The overall aims of this research project were to:

  1. gain new research-based insights into the role of the clerk
  2. engage the ‘FE clerk community’ to enhance those new research-based insights
  3. to bring about professional learning across the ‘FE clerk community’ by engaging clerks in the various regions in England fully in the research process.

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