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Professional Clerks’ Development Programme : a DFE approved programme

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Learners First is delighted to have been accredited by the DfE as part of a collaboration of Teaching Schools from across the East Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber region to deliver the new nationally accredited Clerk Development Programme. Designed and developed by lead professionals in the field, this programme offers both experienced and new clerks a fantastic opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and expertise to support high quality clerking and effective governance.

‘The Department for Education recognises the value of professional quality clerking to governing boards in maintained schools, academies and multi-academy trusts. As anyone who has experienced professional clerking will testify, it provides an invaluable contribution to the efficiency, effectiveness, productivity and compliance of the governing board.’

Sir David Carter, 2017

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Overview

Effective governance provides strategic direction and control to schools, academies and Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs). It creates robust accountability, oversight and assurance for their educational and financial performance and is ambitious for all children and young people to achieve the very best outcomes.

Professional-quality clerking is critical to the effectiveness of a governing board in fulfilling its core strategic functions. It is much more than taking minutes to record the discussions and decisions of the board. It is also about providing governing boards with expert advice on governance, procedures and compliance and directly contributing to its efficient conduct.

The voluntary nature of governance makes it all the more important that boards conduct their business efficiently to make the best possible use of everyone’s time.
Professional clerking has a vital role to play in meeting the administrative and procedural requirements of boards and enabling efficient and effective discussion and decision making.

Programme Aims

In line with the DfE expectations, the Learners First Clerk Development programme aims to support:

  • increased clerking expertise in line with the ‘Clerking competency framework’ to deliver professional quality clerking that ensures the efficient and effective functioning of governing boards;
  • greater involvement by clerks in sustainable and relevant peer-to-peer support networks that enable encouragement, support and sharing good practice
    with one another.

Programme Delivery

The Learners First Clerk Development Programme has been designed to be both practical and pragmatic with high quality facilitation and opportunities for clerks to network with each
other. The programme is delivered locally over four half day sessions covering the following key themes:

Module 1: Understanding Governance and the Role of the Clerk

Module 2: Administration, Advice and Guidance

Module 3: People and Relationships

Module 4: Panels and Evaluation of Programme Learning and Impact

 

The face to face sessions will encourage and support clerks to consider a range of pertinent areas, drawing on national best practice and publications such as the Clerking Competency
Framework and Governance Handbook. The programme will also include a 360° evaluation of your competencies and areas to develop; inter-sessional research and activities to put your
learning in to practice; peer support and opportunities for reflection on your learning throughout the programme.

Effective governance provides strategic direction and control to schools, academies and Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs). It creates robust accountability, oversight and assurance for their educational and financial performance and is ambitious for all children and young people to achieve the very best outcomes.

Professional-quality clerking is critical to the effectiveness of a governing board in fulfilling its core strategic functions. It is much more than taking minutes to record the discussions and decisions of the board. It is also about providing governing boards with expert advice on governance, procedures and compliance and directly contributing to its efficient conduct.

The voluntary nature of governance makes it all the more important that boards conduct their business efficiently to make the best possible use of everyone’s time.
Professional clerking has a vital role to play in meeting the administrative and procedural requirements of boards and enabling efficient and effective discussion and decision making.

Dates, Times & Venues

Modules 1 & 2: Thursday 26th September 2019 (9.30am – 4.30pm)
Holiday Inn Hotel, West Bawtry Road, Rotherham, S60 2XL

Modules 3 & 4: Tuesday 22nd October 2019 (9.30am – 4.30pm)
Holiday Inn Hotel, West Bawtry Road, Rotherham, S60 2XL

Please note that this programme is now FULL.

Cost & Funding

The full cost of the Professional Clerks’ Development Programme is £430 per delegate; £350 will be funded for all participants by the Department for Education, which means that schools will only be required to pay £80.

For all participants from schools/academies subscribing to Learners First, this remaining amount will be met in full through the subscription.

Who Can Apply?

All school, academy or trust board clerks, including new clerks, who are currently supporting one or more boards.

The DfE Clerks’ Development Programme, Autumn Term 2019 is now FULL.

To register your interest in the Spring Term 2020 Programme, please email teachingschool@learnersfirst.org