The Bare Necessities of Clerks

Look for the bare necessities, the simple bare necessities,
Forget about the Ofsted grades and marks.
Prepare, record and now advise
The governing body organise –
They are the bare necessities of clerks!

When you need to flag up what governors should do
You’ll refer to the handbook and the DfE’s view.
Governance is buzzing in the news –
Sometimes for fraud or extremist views!
When you look into the legal scrolls
And take a glance at the three key roles
And maybe what inspectors write (“You read reports?”
You better believe it – Ofsted have very clear expectations of governance”
“Look out, though – the guidelines keep changing!”

The bare necessities of clerks will come in sight,
They’ll come in sight.

Look for the bare necessities, the simple bare necessities,
Forget about the words to kumbayah.
Prepare, record and now advise
The governing body organise –
The bare necessities of clerks, that’s what they are!

(Dedicated both to Brighton and Hove Clerks, June 2014 and to Medway Clerks September 2014)

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