Hackney Learning Trust is the Education department within Hackney Council. It provides a range of statutory and traded services to support the education of children, young people and adults in the borough. Our vision is to provide excellent education for every child, young person and adult learner.
Hackney Learning Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Hackney Learning Trust posts can be subject to an enhanced DBS check.
Sessional Clerks to Governing Boards
Salary: Up to £250 per meeting
We are seeking to appoint skilled and experienced clerks and/or individuals with high levels of literacy, a strong ability to process complex information, and experience of interpreting and advising on procedures and policy, legal aspects, and matters of compliance.
You will be expected to provide a professional and comprehensive clerking service to a group of governing boards in accordance with statutory requirements to enable governors to discharge their statutory functions most effectively. Your duties will include effective administration, information management, and advisory responsibilities, displaying best practice to support strong governance of schools. We particularly welcome applications from the educational, legal, or policy fields.
You will be required to work flexibly and attend approximately 2 hour long, term-time only, governing board meetings that in the main are scheduled in the afternoons or evenings (typically anytime between 4pm-8:30pm). Some meetings may be scheduled in the mornings (typically anytime between 7:30am-10am). These times exclude travel times. Day time availability for extraordinary meetings would be desirable, but not essential. Each meeting activity typically involves around 10 hours of work on average, including prior preparation, attendance, and drafting of minutes. While we do not guarantee a number of meetings, and the assignments are typically negotiated, we would expect a provisional availability of at least 15 meetings, or 150 working hours per year, during term time, at a minimum.
If you are currently employed in a full-time role, please ensure that you have discussed your wish to apply for the role of sessional clerk with your current line manager, and obtained their approval to occasionally release you for morning or evening meetings, as appropriate.
This role will enable you to gain unique insights into how schools are run at a very high strategic level, and how governance drives school improvement. You will be instrumental in making a difference, supporting strong governance of schools which will lead to changing the life chances of every child in our community and beyond. This is particularly relevant for those from the most disadvantaged starting points and those whose progress is stalled by challenging barriers, whatever they might be.
As the post holder, you will be part of our diverse team of clerking professionals and have access to high quality professional training in governance clerking, as well as ongoing support and guidance of an experienced core team. You will be able to draw on the wider expertise of Hackney Learning Trust and have access to a wide range of resources including those necessary in order to develop expertise to provide statutory advice and guidance to governing boards, Head teachers and senior officers.
Hackney Learning Trust is an innovative and forward thinking organisation determined to help schools improve the life-chances of young people. The services of Hackney Learning Trust are available well beyond Hackney and to all educational settings: academies, free and independent schools, as well as maintained schools.
For further information and to apply
For an informal discussion about the post please contact Madalina Brockmann, Governance Services Manager via email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing Date: 24th Nov 2019
Shortlisting: 25th Nov 2019
Interviews: 26/27th Nov 2019
We welcome applications in advance of the deadline. Training is mandatory for all clerks.
This post requires an enhanced DBS check.
Hackney Learning Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Hackney Learning Trust posts can be subject to an enhanced DBS check. We welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of gender, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or age.