Development for Clerks

Development for Clerks

Level 3 Certificate in Clerking of School and Governing Boards

This accredited NGA Leading Governance Development for Clerks programme is designed for new and experienced clerks currently working in all school and trust settings. It helps develop the knowledge and skills needed for high-quality clerking.

Programme delivery

This programme offers a blend of flexible learning over approximately a nine month period.
Led by experienced facilitators, participants will attend workshops and access effective one-to-one mentoring throughout the duration of this programme. Learning will be both group-led and independent.

What’s included in the programme?

This is a development programme designed for those already in a clerking role and will include:

  • four face-to-face workshops with an experienced facilitator focusing on the development of clerking competencies
  • a dedicated mentor to provide guidance and support
  • a 360-degree diagnostic of the participant’s strengths and areas for development
  • access to interactive e-learning modules and resources
  • participation in peer-to-peer and group learning to strengthen and support networking
  • support with creating and completing a focussed school-based project
  • support in completion of a learning log to record personalised areas for focus and key learning points

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Benefits of the programme

This NGA Leading Governance Development programme aims to develop and recognise clerking competencies, ensuring that clerking is both effective and sustainable by:

  • developing the clerk’s knowledge, clerking skills and networks
  • the creation of a school-based project which is both realistic in scope and should improve effectiveness in clerking practice
  • enhancing the clerk’s awareness of their own strengths and areas for development
  • creating self-supporting groups to ensure learning and support continue beyond the duration of the programme
  • leading to an accredited qualification that recognises the ’s competency development

Programme outcomes

Participants will have a clear understanding of how to fulfil the role of the modern professional clerk as follows:

  • understand the key elements of effective governance
  • understand governance structures, delegation, effective communication and the key areas for regulation and compliance
  • demonstrate the skills, knowledge and behaviours expected of an effective clerk, evaluating and improving their own practice
  • be able to plan and record meetings and the annual business of the board
  • be clear about their role in providing information, advice and guidance to the board
  • know when and how to deal with complex and challenging governance situations
  • build effective networks and relationships with their board, proactively supporting and developing board effectiveness


Funding is available worth £350 and can be used against the full cost of the programme. The programme will cost £75 if you take up funding. Please contact NGA to enquire about eligibility.

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