Clerking

Clerking

These modules will help new and experienced clerks to get a better understanding of their role and how to carry it out well.

Clerking a trust or an academy committee
Clerking a trust or an academy committee +

This module will help you to:

  • Be familiar with the terminology used in the governance of academies
  • Understand how the nature of governance varies in different forms of trust
  • Be able to help an academy trust fulfil its statutory duties
  • Be able to advise an academy committee as to its powers and responsibilities

Study time: Approximately 55 mins

Introduction to clerking academies
Introduction to clerking academies +

This module will help you to:

  • Understand the legal framework to clerking
  • Understand the function of clerking
  • Know the range of support a clerk can give a trust and governing board
  • Understand how clerking can vary across academies
  • Understand how the clerk is central to the successful working of the trust and  governing board

Study time: Approximately 55 mins

Introduction to clerking maintained schools
Introduction to clerking maintained schools +

This module will help you to:

  • Understand the legal framework to clerking
  • Understand the function of clerking
  • Know the range of support a clerk can give a governing board
  • Understand how the clerk is central to the successful working of the governing board

Study time: Approximately 1 hr

Recording a meeting
Recording a meeting +

This module will help you to:

  • Understand the principles behind good minutes
  • Understand how to strike the right balance when minuting
  • Know the multiple uses of minutes

Study time: Approximately 1 hr 15 mins

Supporting the governing board in raising school standards
Supporting the governing board in raising school standards +

This module will help you to:

  • Understand why the governing boards work focuses on the progress being made by pupils
  • Understand the data the governing board uses in monitoring the schools educational standards
  • Have practical knowledge of the part you play in supporting this

Study time: Approximately 55 mins

The clerk as coordinator of continuing professional development
The clerk as coordinator of continuing professional development +

This module will help you to:

  • Understand the development needs of governors at different stages of their time as governors
  • Know what types of training are available for governors
  • Explore other ways of improving governor’s professionalism
  • Focus on your own needs and know how to address them

Study time: Approximately 55 mins

Panel work: an introduction
Panel work: an introduction +

This module is designed to help those involved in panel work, whether as a maintained school governor, trustee, academy committee member or clerk or other governance professional.

By the end of this module, you will have an awareness of the following areas that are relevant for all review panels:

  • How to work within the relevant law, regulation and policy
  • The role and responsibilities of all those involved in a review panel
  • The panel review process

Study time: Approximately 25 mins

How to: run an effective exclusion panel
How to: run an effective exclusion panel +

By the end of this module, you will have a clear picture of what an effective review panel meeting looks like and:

  • Be aware of the regulatory framework
  • Know the process and timeline for panels
  • Understand what is expected of all those involved
  • Appreciate how to prepare for a review panel
  • Understand the basis for a decision
  • Know what steps need to be taken after the meeting

Study time: Approximately 45 mins

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