This module, the third in the Introduction to Clerking Programme, provides an outline of the many types of school organisations and how these affect the role of the governance professional. It gives an overview of the differences between various school settings, including a helpful introductory video from independent governance professional and NGA consultant Erica Wilson, and uses knowledge checks to ensure your understanding of the topic. It also suggests practical next steps once you have completed the learning, and options for further reading.
Our subject matter expertise
The content of this module and the introduction to clerking programme has been written by our in-house subject matter experts:
Erica Wilson – NGA consultant
Erica is an NGA consultant and delivers NGA training and facilitates the Leading Governance development programme for clerks. Erica trained as a local authority clerk and has been an independent clerk since 2013, working for both maintained schools and academy trusts. She has extensive experience in clerking panels and disciplinary investigations and has worked with a number of local authorities and academy trusts, developing and delivering training to clerks to governing bodies and trust boards. Erica also has experience as a school governor; a role she undertook for six years prior to becoming a professional clerk to governing bodies and trust boards.
Amy Wright, Clerking Development Manager
Amy is the Clerking Development Manager at NGA, working with the Director of Advice and Guidance, Knowledge Centre Manager and Training Programme Manager to develop the support, advice and training available to Clerks and other Governance Professionals.
Amy has over 20 years’ experience working as a Clerk to various school Governing Bodies including maintained, academy, voluntary aided, primary and secondary. Amy has also worked as a School Business Manager, Finance Manager and Administration Officer in schools and further education and delivered training sessions to Clerks; she has also served as a Parent Governor, Foundation Governor and Vice-Chair of Governors in a primary school.
Paul Aber – Head of Training Development
Paul leads and manages NGA’s face to face training, e-learning and funded development programmes for schools and academies. This includes working alongside NGA's Head of Consultancy recruiting, training and managing NGA’s team of consultants and trainers.
Prior to joining NGA, Paul was centre director at the University of Law in York where his role included strategic planning and quality assurance.
Paul has many years’ experience of governance including maintained schools and academy trusts.
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