The Professional Clerk

A Department for Education supported development programme for clerks to school and academy governance boards.

If you’re a clerk with several months’ experience or more, we’ll help you develop the specialist skills and knowledge to carry out your role confidently and effectively.

  • Improve how you work, and the quality of governance at your school
  • Study alongside other clerks and support each other during and after the training
  • Provide valuable evidence for Ofsted of the competence of your governing body

You can apply for Department for Education (DfE) funding worth £350 towards your training. The additional cost of the training to you or your school is £50.

What topics are covered?

The programme is closely aligned to the DfE’s Clerking Competency Framework:

1. Understanding governance - for clarity about the duties and responsibilities of the board, and relevant legislation and procedures

2. Administration - for high quality forward planning, and efficient paperwork and record keeping

3. Advice and guidance - for better and efficient decision making, with a clear focus on the board’s strategic functions

4. People and relationships - to build strong and effective working relationships, ensuring a smooth information flow between the board and beyond

How is the training delivered?

Our highly interactive and enjoyable programme offers a choice of:

Blended learning – face-to-face workshops with online support:

  • two half day face-to-face workshops led by an experienced facilitator
  • online support and development activities

Online learning – live webinars and support via our easy-to-use online platform:

  • available wherever you have an internet connection
  • Six 1 hour-long online webinars delivered by an experienced facilitator: An introductory session, a session on each of the four competencies in the competency framework, and a wrap up session
  • online support and development activities

With both options, you’ll learn from practical exercises, facilitated discussions, real-life case studies, and sharing experiences with other clerks. You’ll be supported by an expert facilitator who will provide guidance, feedback and encouragement, in the workshops and online.

You’ll carry out a self-assessment of your own strengths and areas for development. You’ll review progress against your action plan at key points in the programme to identify the relevant support and development activities you need to extend your learning.

Most clerks complete the training in one to two terms. You may then decide to study for a Level 3 Certificate in Clerking with our Accredited Clerk programme.

Why choose Hampshire Governor Services?
  • We’ve been supporting clerks for over 25 years, and providing a clerking service employing more than 130 clerks for over 20 years
  • We helped produce materials for the National College of Teaching and Leadership Clerks’ Development programme and successfully delivered it to over 250 clerks
  • Our Accredited Clerk programme has been completed by more than 1,000 clerks over 18 years, and we run regular clerking conferences and support meetings
Upcoming programme details

The blended learning programme is delivered through two 3.5 hour workshops, with self-paced activities before and after each one. The total time needed will be approx. 20 hours.

Area Details
Devon Reference: Devon_BL3
Dates: 4 June and 11 July 2019
Times: 9.30am to 1pm
Venue: The Passage Hotel, Kingsteignton, TQ12 3HQ
West Sussex Reference: WSussex_BL2
Dates: 5 September 2019 and 19 November 2019
Times: 9:30am to 1pm
Venue: County Hall North, Horsham, RH12 1XH
Kent Reference: Kent_BL5
Dates: 17 September 19 and 19 November 19
Times: 9:30am to 1pm
Venue: Thanington Neighbourhood Resource Centre, Thanington Rd, Canterbury CT1 3XE
Somerset Reference: Somerset_BL3
Dates: 26 September 19 and 14 November 19
Times: 9:30am to 1pm
Venue: Wells City Football Club, Atheletic Ground, Rowdens Road, Wells, Somerset BA5 1TU
Register and apply

Complete the Professional Clerk participant registration form to register and apply for a programme.

Contact us

Phone: 02380 814820


Programmes underway

These programmes have already started.

Area Details
Bexley Reference: Bexley_BL2
Dates: 24 April 2019 and 5 June 2019
Times: 9:30am to 1pm - to be confirmed
Venue: Civic Offices Bexleyheath, DA6 7AT, Room 126
Buckinghamshire Reference: Bucks_BL1
Dates: 29 April 2019 and 8 July 2019
Times: 9:30am to 1pm
Venue: Best Western, Garden Court, Aylesbury, HP19 0FY
Hampshire Reference: Hants_BL5
Dates: 15 May 2019 and 10 July 2019
Times: 9:30am to 1pm
Venue: South Winchester Golf Club, Winchester, SO22 5QX

Reference: Somerset_BL2
Dates: 30 April 2019 and 11 June 2019
Times: 9:30am to 1pm
Venue: Monks Yard, near Ilminster

Swindon Reference: Swindon_BL2
Dates: 3 May 2019 and 5 July 2019
Times: 9.30am to 1pm 
Venue: Haydon Wick Council Offices, Swindon, SN25 1QQ
West Berkshire Reference: WBerks_BL2
Dates: 28 March 2019 and 20 June 2019
Times: 9.30am to 1pm 
Venue: Shaw House, Newbury, RG14 2DR