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
Kent Reference: Kent_BL3
Dates: 15 January 2019 and 5 March 2019
Times: 9:30am to 1pm
Venue: Thanington Neighbourhood Resource Centre

Reference: Kent_BL4
Dates: 30 April 2019 and 18 June 2019
Times: 9:30am to 1pm
Venue: Eastgate Community Centre, 141 Springhead Parkway, Gravesend DA11 8AD

Devon Reference: Devon_BL2
Dates: 22 January 2019 and 12 March 2019
Times: 9:30am to 1pm
Venue: The Tiverton Hotel, Tiverton EX16 4DB
Bracknell Reference: Bracknell_BL1
Dates: 11 January 2019 and 29 March 2019
Times: 9:30am to 1pm
Venue: Bracknell Open Learning Centre, Bracknell, RG12 7GR
West Sussex Reference: WSussex_BL1
Dates: 15 January 2019 and 29 March 2019
Times: 9:30am to 1pm
Venue: Field Place, Worthing, BN13 1NP
Buckinghamshire Reference: Bucks_BL1
Dates: 27 March and 15 May 2019
Times: 9:30am to 1pm
Venue: Learning Campus, Aston Clinton, Aylesbury, HP22 5NE
South Gloucestershire Reference: SouthGlos_BL1
27 February and 8 May 2019
9:30am to 1pm 
Baileys Court Activity Centre, Bradley Stoke, South Gloucestershire, BS32 8BH
Somerset Reference: Somerset_BL1
29 January 2019 and 19 March 2019
9:30am to 1pm 
Bridgwater Canalside Centre

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

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
Southampton Reference: Southampton_BL1
Dates: 27 September 2018 and 6 December 2018
Times: 9.30am to 1pm 
Venue: Doubletree by Hilton Southampton
Poole Reference: Poole_BL1
Dates: 19 September 2018 and 28 November 2018
Times: 9.30am to 1pm 
Harbour Lights, Poole
Devon Reference: Devon_BL1
Dates: 13 September 2018 and 5 December 2018
Times: 9:30am to 1pm 
Venue: The Devon House Hotel, Exeter