Clerks’ corner

Clerks’ Briefings


Clerks’ Briefings

Clerks’ briefings are held at venues across the county for you to come along and learn about the latest developments in school governance and meet other clerks. The briefings are free if your school has purchased a Governor Services package for the current financial year. Clerks from schools which have not purchased a package are very welcome to attend and there will be a £30 charge.

Each session will include legislation updates and best practice advice on a wide range of topics, such as collecting and publishing governing board information, clerking responsibilities and professional development.

Dates for future briefings to be confirmed.


Reports and Handouts from Clerks' Briefings

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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