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Academies can now access DfE-funded development for governance leaders and clerks. The initiative is designed to build the capacity of governance leaders (chairs, vice chairs and committee chairs) and support them to improve the effectiveness of their board.

For the governance leaders, the DfE is funding the programme with up to £500 available for each eligible participant board. Some may even be eligible for a higher level of support, with up to £2,000 available to boards or local governing bodies that are:

  • Governing 2 or more schools (including multi-academy trusts or federations)
  • Governing a school which is located in an opportunity area and which is either rated by Ofsted as “requires improvement” or is rated “good” or “outstanding” but is identified as coasting.

For clerks, the DfE is funding up to £350 for each eligible participant. All school, academy or trust board clerks, including new ones, can apply.

The clerking programme aims to professionalise the quality of clerking so that governing boards receive the administrative and procedural information, advice and support they need to operate effectively. This only goes to support the article we published back in May last year, which explained how invaluable the clerk role is. The article can be found here.

In both cases, the funding for eligible participants is paid directly to the provider and not to an individual school, multi-academy trust or federation they represent.

More details concerning the programmes can be found here.

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