Professional clerking provides an invaluable contribution in meeting the administrative and procedural requirements of Governing Boards and enabling Governance Leaders to carry out their roles efficiently and effectively.
All maintained school, academy or trust board clerks, including new clerks, who are currently supporting one or more boards.
The DfE is funding this programme, covering the full £350 cost for each eligible participant.
Therefore this is free to you and your school.
If you have completed the funded programme, or are not eligible, please see the option below.
The self-evaluation tool, based on the DfE Clerking Competency Framework, is easy to use and can be completed at a time and place that suits you. The GovernorSpace clerking self-evaluation tool allows you to clearly identify strengths and areas for development that feed into your Clerking Development plan.
The self-evaluation uses a simple RAG rating. The RAG system is a popular method of rating for issues or status reports, based on Red, Amber and Green colours used in a traffic light rating system. It’s a way of tracking progress and seeking support and guidance from sponsors and senior stakeholders.
The self-evaluation will be completed by you, with reference to your Governance Leaders, to give you an objective view of how to further develop your knowledge and skills. This will provide the basis for you to complete a Clerking Development plan, identifying key actions, professional development activities and success criteria.
To help you, we will assign you an expert Clerking Mentor to support you in the development planning process, identifying success criteria and development activities. You will receive two one-to-one telephone mentoring sessions from one of our trusted experts – many of whom are national and local leaders of education and/or governance and who can evidence the impact they have in schools. They will support you in effectively developing your board.
To provide flexibility you will receive 5 credits to use on development activities including online training and mentoring. Find out more about the credit system and development activities on our Training page.
All training is linked to the DfE Clerking Competency Framework and these sessions will support you to achieve your Development plan objectives.
When training and development activities have taken place, you and your assigned Mentor will review progress against your Development plan to provide evidence of improvement and impact. The process concludes with a second self-evaluation, evidencing development in Clerking over time and highlighting any remaining development needs.
Taking two to three terms to complete, GovernorSpace will become a key driver for change, creating vital networks of support and promoting long-term development for both you and your school.
The Clerking Development Programme can be purchased as ClerkSpacePlus.
- Access to all of the recorded training titles with one new training title added each term.
- Email advice and guidance provided by experienced Governance professionals.
- Access to the premium resource area containing useful guidance on procedures, forms and templates.
- The new Clerk Information pack at the beginning of each term. This comprehensive booklet contains updates, links and appendices of sample materials, all in one place.
- The option to purchase additional mentoring support.
You will also benefit from continued access to the free online materials including:
- Online Self-Evaluation Tool to support annual self-evaluation.
- Access to monthly thought leadership pieces.
- GovernorConnect and GovernorRecruit to support your boards.
The cost of an annual subscription to ClerkSpacePlus is £64.
To purchase ClerkSpacePlus click click here
Don’t have an account? Register now to access training, peer-to-peer and mentor support, self-evaluation tools, useful resources and much more – all free of charge to you and your school!