Model articles of association: 2021 update summary

The articles have been updated with some changes to be aware of. However, you'll only need to adopt them when the time comes to update your own articles of association or if you're setting up a trust. Get up to speed on what's changed.

Last reviewed on 5 July 2021
School types: All · School phases: All
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  1. You don't need to update your articles
  2. Changes that affect members
  3. New definition of having a quorum at your AGM and general meetings
  4. Trustees: their term of office and disqualification
  5. Other minor changes

Download the new model hereYou can find a summary of the changes on pages 4 to 6.

You don't need to update your articles

There's no need to update your articles every time the DfE issues a new model version. Bill Dennison, one of our associate governance experts, told us this.

However, use the new model if you:

This is explained in 'What's new'