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
Registration and programme events details

To register for the programme please email your contact details to and we will be in contact with further information as soon as it becomes available.

The first programme will be taking place late February 2018. Dates will be published here shortly.