01 Jul How Good is Your Clerk?
This popped into our inbox this week from a #moderngovernor who has asked to remain anonymous. Let us know what you think…….
“My Governing Body has had poor clerks and effective clerks. But what a difference a good clerk makes. Our current clerk has made an impact on our effectiveness and taken away the uncertainty about legal requirements. The chair and Headteacher are less concerned with administrative and clerical work and we all benefit with strategic leadership as our focus and not correct procedure.
Despite a lack of long term experience as a Governing Body, we knew things weren’t right when meeting agendas and minutes arrived late but other than a lack of proper procedure we were just busy with our own roles to be effective Governors. It was only when we’d finally had enough and requested a new clerk from the Local Authority’s professional service that we suddenly and shockingly realised how much else had been out of order! It took some time to put this right and we went backwards for a short while as we met about proper articles and annual planning but the result has been well worth it.
A clerk is the professional governance resource and knowledge base for a Governing Body and if you Google ‘Good clerk Governor’ you’ll find plenty of guidelines on what the role entails, the difference it makes and even the qualities and experience you might specify.
I’d like to see an e-learning Module on ‘The role of a good clerk’ from Modern Governor. Would this be useful to anyone else?”