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Use and adapt our code of conduct to set out what you expect from governors and trustees on your board. It covers the expectations of governors, relationships to others in the school, social media and data protection.

Download our model code of conduct

  • Approved by Forbes Solicitors
  • Designed so you can adapt it to your school’s context
  • Takes account of relevant requirements and good practice

Tailor the document to reflect:

  • Whether you're in a maintained school or academy
  • How you delegate responsibilities
  • Any school/local authority policies that you must follow e.g. social media and IT policies
  • Whether your constitutional documents (e.g. articles of association, funding agreement, instrument of government) set out specific requirements for governance procedures and conduct

Make sure that all governors read and agree to the code of conduct alongside any other relevant documents or requirements. 

Review annually

Although there's no required review frequency, Forbes Solicitors recommends that you review and agree the code of conduct annually, upon significant changes to the law, or as needed. Your full board should ratify it.

Check that your chosen review frequency doesn't contradict anything in your constitutional documents. 


  • Birmingham City Council includes a model code of conduct in appendix 1 of guidance on strengthening school governance
  • The code of conduct from St Andrew's Church of England Primary School in Derbyshire outlines commitments that governors make in areas such as roles and responsibilities, relationships and confidentiality
  • The code of conduct from Woodford County High School for Girls in Redbridge includes sections on collective responsibility, confidentiality, and the 7 principles of public life. You can download it from the school's policies page

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