School Governance Officer/ Clerk to Governing Boards/Hackney Education

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Salary - Grade
GBP £43,824 to £44,862 43824 - PO2
Contract Type
Contracted Hours
Full Time - 36 hours per week
DBS Required
Children & Education
Hackney Education
Closing date

Hackney Education provides a range of services to support the education of children, young people, and adults in our inner London borough. Hackney is one of the UK’s highest performing local authorities, serving one of London’s best places to live and work. Within our diverse borough we serve a wide range of children and young people. We have a particular focus on supporting less advantaged families: Hackney figures in the 10% most deprived boroughs in England on a number of measures.

Hackney Education’s key priority is to improve the life chances of every child, young person and learner: making Hackney the most forward looking education system in the UK, where schools, settings and partners provide an exciting environment which ensures inclusion and success for everyone. We see our borough as being one of the best places in the country for young people to grow, learn, develop and achieve – and one of the best places for colleagues to work and thrive in our education system.

Job title School Governance Officer/ Clerk to Governing Boards

Salary P02, £43,824.00 to £44,862.00

Terms and Conditions Full time, Permanent, Hybrid working

We would be delighted to hear from you if you:

  • Are an excellent communicator and able to develop strong working relationships with people
  • Have the confidence to provide a professional administrative support and advice 
  • Are looking for a meaningful and flexible role in public service
  • Looking to develop a career in policy work and providing advice to governors and school leaders 

The Post holder will play an integral part in the development and running of Hackney Education Governance Services, providing expert advice and clerking services to schools

within Hackney and out of the borough. They will also support a vibrant, dedicated team of governance professionals that works mainly flexibly and remotely for clients in Hackney and beyond. For all projects and programmes which fall within the post-holder’s remit, the post-holder will be expected to act with the support of managers as an end-to-end partner in ensuring strategic and governance excellence. 

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,upholding the Nolan principles of public life, and  supporting strong governance of schools which will lead to changing the life chances of every child in our community and beyond. The role will appeal to you as a development opportunity leading to a future career in policy development and advisory work.

Hackney Governance Services, which is part of the Hackney Education’s School Improvement team, is a well established service with an excellent reputation with our local school leaders, governors community, local authority senior officers and councillors. We  provide a high-quality and reliable professional service, offering expert  institutional knowledge about governors. Our support, guidance, and tools serve to strengthen school governance. Our work contributes to the improvement of  outcomes for children in the borough and drives forward Hackney’s key priorities. We help ensure exceptional outcomes that change the life chances for all our children, particularly those most vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Our work is partly statutory, in our duty to Hackney schools, and partly commercially traded to schools within our borough and beyond. The statutory and commercial activities combine to inform our developmental work to improve standards in the full scope of educational settings. With an ever-growing requirement for all educational settings to have for strong and effective governance, Governance Services has become one of the pillars of the success of Hackney Education. Read more about what we do within the attachment at the bottom of the advert. This is a truly exciting time to join us!

This is a hybrid role, and the post-holder will work flexibly to meet the needs of the service. Location wise, the post holder will be expected to work in the office (Hackney Service Centre) when internal events require it, and travel to schools in Hackney and beyond, up to four times a week during term time. School-based time will normally be in order to support governing board meetings. During school holidays, or when governing board meetings take place online, the post holder will be able to  work from the office for 2 days a week and from home for 3 days a week. Time-wise, the postholder will be expected to work flexibly, to support governing board meetings  that may take place in the mornings (8 am to 10 am) or more commonly evenings (4:30 pm up to 8 pm). Flexible start /finish times and time off in lieu will be in place accordingly.

We continually invest in making sure staff have the right tools to do the job, the best working environments, and an open, collaborative and creative culture for you to succeed. Please find further details around our employee benefits and flexible working and Timewise.


Please apply via this link.

Closing date: 23.59, Sunday 28 July 2024

Interviews: Thursday 1 August, Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 August 2024 (online)

A desktop based test will be part of the recruitment process.

We are also working towards our vision, which is to be a place for everyone; where residents and staff can be proud; a place that celebrates diversity and where everyone can feel valued, included and involved. In order to achieve this, we look for people who are: Proud; Ambitious; Pioneering; Open; Proactive; Inclusive.

Hackney Council works to eradicate discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, age and marital status. We also recognise that people can be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we will also work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class. We also welcome those interested in flexible working. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people and people from a black and ethnic minority background as these groups are currently under represented in our workforce.