Babcock 4S Clerking Service
Clerk to the Governing Body:
We are always interested to hear from potential new clerks who would like to join our service.
If you or someone you know:
Has good administrative, organisational and minute taking skills
Is willing to undertake training for the role
Is looking for a part time position (with the option to extend working hours with experience)
Has the capacity to take on additional clerking
Please contact Carole Ford 0800 073 4444 ext 834104 if you would like to discuss the role in more detail or
Keren Clifford for an application pack: firstname.lastname@example.org
DfE Clerking Competency Framework April 2017
Professional-quality clerking is about much more than taking minutes to record the discussions and decisions of the board. It is also about providing governing boards with expert advice on governance, procedures and compliance and directly contributing to its efficient conduct. The voluntary nature of governance makes it all the more important that boards conduct their business efficiently to make the best possible use of everyone’s time. Professional clerking has a vital role to play in meeting the administrative and procedural requirements of boards and enabling efficient and effective discussion and decision making.
The clerk will provide:
• administrative and organisational support;
• guidance to ensure that the board works in compliance with the appropriate legal and regulatory framework, and understands the potential consequences for non- compliance; and
• advice on procedural matters relating to the operation of the board.
The clerking service for governing bodies was launched by Babcock 4S in September 2003.
Our support to governing bodies is aimed at providing governors with the tools that will enable them to fulfil the three core functions, whether in a maintained school or academy sector:
• Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
• Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
• Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.
The clerking service is delivered to schools under a service level agreement (SLA) and tailored to meet the schedule of their meetings and structure. The SLAs have the potential to be unique and each clerking deployment needs to be flexible enough to meet governing body requirements.
The 2018/19 Clerking Service Core SLA provides clerking support for four full governing body meetings. Additional governing body and/or committee meetings can be added to enhance the level of service.
All clerks regularly undertake cpd to maintain their skills and knowledge and clerks new to the service will participate in a relevant training programme to develop their role as a professional clerk. We arrange face to face introductory meetings between the Headteacher, Chair, Clerk and Babcock 4S Clerking Manager. Temporary cover is organised if the clerk is absent or unwell or if an unscheduled meeting is arranged. We recommend contacting us a term ahead of your requirements if you intend to purchase this service.
If your school is considering purchasing the Clerking Service please contact Carole Ford on 0800 073 4444 ext 834104 to discuss your requirements in more detail.