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Leading governance: development for Clerks

Level 3 Certificate in the Clerking of School and Academy Governing Boards

Accredited by the Chartered Governance Institute, this Level 3 qualification in in the Clerking of School and Academy Governing Boards develops the knowledge and skills needed for high-quality clerking.

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At a glance

This programme will include:

Eight 90-minute workshops

Virtual face-to-face sessions on clerking competencies

Dedicated mentor

To provide guidance and support

360 review

To highlight strengths and areas for development, with a repeat review to demonstrate impact

Interactive

E-learning modules and resources

Learn from others

Peer-to-peer and group learning

Supported throughout

A school-based project and learning log to record areas for focus and key learning points

about this course

Who is this suitable for?

  • Governance professionals and clerks with at least three months’ experience and currently working in any school or trust setting

about this course

What are the benefits?

This programme aims to develop and recognise clerking competencies by:

  • building your knowledge, skills and networks
  • creating a school-based project which is realistic in scope and should improve your clerking practice
  • enhancing your awareness of your own strengths and areas for development
  • establishing self-supporting groups to ensure learning and support continue beyond the programme
  • leading to an accredited qualification that recognises your competency development

about this course

How will you learn?

  • The Development for Clerks programme offers a blend of flexible learning and takes approximately nine months to complete
  • You will attend workshops led by experienced consultants and access effective one-to-one mentoring throughout
  • Learning will be both group-led and independent

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What are the outcomes?

You will be able to fulfil the role of the modern professional clerk by:

  • understanding the key elements of effective governance
  • understanding governance structures, delegation, effective communication and the key areas for regulation and compliance
  • demonstrating the skills, knowledge and behaviours expected of an effective clerk, evaluating and improving your own practice
  • planning and recording meetings and the annual business of the board
  • being clear about your role in providing information, advice and guidance to the board
  • knowing when and how to deal with complex and challenging governance situations
  • building strong networks and relationships with your board, proactively supporting and developing board effectiveness

Programme journey

  • E-learning and self-study throughout – approximately three hours per week
  • Cohort induction and welcome: 30 minutes virtual face-to-face
  • 360 review
  • Unit 1: Understanding governance (self-study scheduled between week 1 and 11 of the programme)
  • Unit 2: Role of the modern professional clerk (Two 90-minute virtual face-to-face workshops held over consecutive days scheduled between weeks 10 and 13 of the programme)
  • Mentor session 1 (45-minute phone or skype call scheduled between weeks 13 and 16 of the programme)
  • Unit 3: Administrative role of the clerk (Two 90-minute virtual face-to-face workshops held over consecutive days scheduled between weeks 17 and 22 of the programme)
  • Unit 4: Accountability, advice and guidance (Two 90-minute virtual face-to-face workshops held over consecutive days scheduled between weeks 23 and 28 of the programme)
  • Unit 5: Working together to ensure effectiveness (Two 90-minute virtual face-to-face workshops held over consecutive days scheduled between weeks 29 and 34 of the programme)
  • Workbook deadline
  • Mentor session 2 (45-minute phone or skype call scheduled between weeks 34 and 36 of the programme)
  • Award and celebration event

Upcoming dates

Date and time

Activity

11 September 2024

Programme start date

25 September 2024
09:30-10:30

Cohort induction and welcome
60 minutes virtual face-to-face

 Self study

Unit 1
Understanding governance essentials

20 & 21 November 2024
09:30-11:00

Unit 2
Role of the modern professional clerk
Two 90-minute virtual face-to-face workshops held over consecutive days

December 2024

Mentoring 1
Phone/Skype conversation: scheduled with mentor

29 & 30 January 2025
09:30-11:00

Unit 3
Administrative role of the clerk
Two 90-minute virtual face-to-face workshops held over consecutive days

30 April & 1 May 2025
09:30-11:00

Unit 4
Accountabilities, advice and guidance
Two 90-minute virtual face-to-face workshops held over consecutive days

11 & 12 June 2025
09:30-11:00

Unit 5
Working together to ensure effectiveness
Two 90-minute virtual face-to-face workshops held over consecutive days

June/July 2025

Workbook submission deadline

June/July 2025

Mentoring 2

Dates may be subject to change.

Book this cohort

Date and time

Activity

18 September 2024

Programme start date

2 October 2024
18:00-19:00

Cohort induction and welcome
60 minutes virtual face-to-face

 Self study

Unit 1
Understanding governance essentials

27 & 28 November 2024
18:00-19:30

Unit 2
Role of the modern professional clerk
Two 90-minute virtual face-to-face workshops held over consecutive days

December 2024

Mentoring 1
Phone/Skype conversation: scheduled with mentor

5 & 6 February 2025
18:00-19:30

Unit 3
Administrative role of the clerk
Two 90-minute virtual face-to-face workshops held over consecutive days

14 & 15 May 2025
18:00-19:30

Unit 4
Accountabilities, advice and guidance
Two 90-minute virtual face-to-face workshops held over consecutive days

25 & 26 June 2025
18:00-19:30

Unit 5
Working together to ensure effectiveness
Two 90-minute virtual face-to-face workshops held over consecutive days

July 2025

Workbook submission deadline

July 2025

Mentoring 2

Dates may be subject to change.

Book this cohort

Date and time

Activity

6 November 2024

Programme start date

20 November 2024
9:30-10:30

Cohort induction and welcome
60 minutes virtual face-to-face

Self study

Unit 1
Understanding governance essentials

22 & 23 January 2025
9:30-11:00

Unit 2
Role of the modern professional clerk
Two 90-minute virtual face-to-face workshops held over consecutive days

May 2025

Mentoring 1
Phone/Skype conversation: scheduled with mentor

14 & 15 May 2025
9:30-11:00

Unit 3
Administrative role of the clerk
Two 90-minute virtual face-to-face workshops held over consecutive days

2 & 3 July 2025
9:30-11:00

Unit 4
Accountabilities, advice and guidance
Two 90-minute virtual face-to-face workshops held over consecutive days

5 & 6 November 2025
9:30-11:00

Unit 5
Working together to ensure effectiveness
Two 90-minute virtual face-to-face workshops held over consecutive days

November/December 2025

Workbook submission deadline

November/December 2025

Mentoring 2

Dates may be subject to change.

Book this cohort

Programme cost
£ 560
per participant

Please read the Terms and Conditions of the programme linked from the booking form.

or call

0121 237 3780
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  • Progressing through and completing the programme had an immediate impact on the quality of my clerking. It also gave me a renewed enthusiasm and confidence in the role.

  • The face-to-face sessions were particularly informative, and I appreciated the opportunities to network with other clerks.

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