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Clerks’ Briefings


Clerks’ Briefings

The aim of these free online one-hour briefings are to share the latest developments in school governance. The briefings will include legislation updates and best practice advice on a wide range of topics.  It will also include information on clerking responsibilities and professional development.

Tuesday 15th November 2022       

10.00 – 11.00

Wednesday 23rd November 2022

19.00 – 20.00

Places should be booked through GCC Plus. Please ask your school office to book a place for you.


Reports and Handouts from Clerks' Briefings

Spring 2022

A recording of a briefing is available for viewing. Please email: to request access.

Summer 2021

A recording of a briefing is available for viewing. Please email: to request access.

November 2020

Autumn Term 2019

Summer Term 2019


Job Description


 An example job description for the position of clerk to a governing board. 

The post of Clerk to the Governors is Grade 6 with a salary range between points 15 - 20.

Some governing boards may wish clerks to undertake additional work. If this is the case, the job description and salary should be amended as appropriate.

You should keep a record of the hours you work. If this exceeds the hours approved in your job description you are entitled to appropriate remuneration.

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Although it is not compulsory, a governing board can choose to pay allowances to governors.

All governing boards should consider adopting a formal Allowances Policy.

Model Policy for Governors' Allowances

This can only be offered for legitimate expenses e.g.

  • Childcare expenses
  • Care arrangements for elderly or dependent relative
  • Support for governors with special needs (e.g. audio equipment)
  • Support for governors whose first language is not English (e.g. translations)
  • Telephone charges, photocopying, stationary etc.
  • Travel and subsistence (i.e. reimbursement for meals purchased that would not have usually been bought).

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Additional information regarding this can be found on the DfE website 

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