Clerking Development High quality professional clerking is crucial to the effective functioning of the governing board. The Clerk to Governors has a key role in school governance, they undertake administrative tasks efficiently and ensure that procedures are followed and statutory duties are met enabling the governing board to understand its role, functions and legal duties so that it can stay focused on its core responsibilities. We are delighted to offer a range of professional development options for clerk: Accredited Clerk Programme The Accredited Clerk programme is a nationally recognised level 3 qualification designed for experienced clerks already working in schools and Trust settings. It helps clerks to develop their knowledge and skills even further, leading to increased confidence and higher quality clerking. The programme runs throughout an academic year and looks at up to seven competency areas (depending on the pathway selected by candidates) with clearly defined performance criteria for each. The ‘Accredited Clerk’ programme is validated by ‘Information for School and College Governors (ISCG) and is operated, under licence, by Hampshire Governor Services. Educator Solutions has joined with Hampshire County Council to offer this award. In the summer term free taster sessions run so you can gain a better understanding of the programme and ask any questions. Please contact us on 01603 303355 to register your interest and we will proactively keep you informed of upcoming events. The cost for the programme is £650 Clerks’ Development Programme The National Governance Association (NGA) is a not-for-profit organisation with a strong track record of delivering governance leadership programmes across England. Educator Solutions is working in partnership with NGA and facilitating the Clerks’ Development Programme across Norfolk. This accredited programme is designed for new and experienced clerks working in all school and trust settings and 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. For full information on the programme and to register your interest please visit www.nga.org.uk/leadinggovernance or contact NGA on 0121 237 4600. Effective Minutes Taking This course provides practical guidance for people who are tasked with taking minutes, often with little guidance on what they are expected to produce. An accurate record of what took place within a meeting is vital in any situation but more so within governance as minutes form a significant source of evidence for an Ofsted visit, so the impacts of not getting it right can be detrimental. The current cost and course details can be found on our online booking system or alternatively please do contact us on 01603 307710. Foundation Skills for Clerks Clerks have a vital role to play in the effective running of governing board meetings, ensuring that procedures are followed and evidence is met to show the statutory responsibilities of the governing board. This session clarifies the role and responsibilities of the clerk and offers practical advice and tips. All aspects of clerking are explained, from preparation to follow up of meetings, dealing with the paperwork and generally managing the work of the governing board. The current cost and course details can be found on our online booking system or alternatively please do contact us on 01603 307710. Annual Clerks’ Seminar This seminar provides an opportunity to both celebrate and promote the important work clerks do to support Norfolk governing boards. It is open to all clerks from any phase or type of school and is an excellent opportunity to network and participate in training tailored to the current hot topics within the clerking world. To register your interest please contact us on 01603 303355 and we will inform you of the seminar details as soon as they are available. The event is free for clerks of schools who subscribe to the Governance and Leadership advice, support and training packages. For non-subscribers the charge is £25 per delegate. Please do contact our Clerking Support Team for additional information 01603 303355 or to discuss professional development for clerks.