Volunteer as a school governor

Clerk to the Governing Board

The Department for Education recommends that all governing and trust boards are supported by a governance professional (also known as a clerk). Their role is not only about good and effective organisation and administration, but also about helping the board understand its role, functions and legal duties and supporting the chair to enable and facilitate strategic debate and decision making. This is crucial in helping the board exercise its functions expediently and confidently, so that it can stay focused on its core functions.


High quality professional clerking makes a significant contribution to the effective functioning of a board and the governance professional role has evolved from simply being a minute taker. We have a comprehensive Governance Professional service (formerly known as The Clerking Service), designed to meet school needs, whether their help is needed permanently or to support one-off meetings.

With hundreds of schools in Norfolk, the Governance Professional Service often seeks new recruits to join their network and frequently run recruitment campaigns. Are you interested in supporting schools and governing boards in delivering a good education for every Norfolk learner? Do you have excellent administration skills and the ability to communicate clearly? Do you have the confidence to advise governing boards on policies and procedures? Do you relish becoming an expert in your chosen field? If you think this would be a good role for you, send us an email and we can make you aware of our next recruitment campaign, the address is governanceprofessionalservice@norfolk.gov.uk.

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