What skills do I need to become a Clerk?

Category: Clerking / Governance Professional

Clerks need to be highly organised and have the following skills/attributes:

  • Effective organisation & a systematic approach.
  • An eye for detail – and be accurate.
  • Solid technology skills and IT literacy, including Google Drive, MS Office, and Governance platforms (although training is given for the latter).
  • Good communication and relationship-building skills.
  • Able to present information in varying formats.
  • Effective time management and punctuality. 
  • An understanding of the principles of confidentiality.
  • Ability to provide clear, logical and impartial advice.
  • Ability to undertake research.
  • Knowledge of, or willingness to learn, the function of school governance and where to access relevant legislation, statutory guidance, etc.
  • Ability to understand and work within individual school / Trust strategic priorities, values, ethos and culture.
  • Ability to get to meetings, which usually take place in school.
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