Clerks: this guide is mainly aimed at you - as your board's 'governance professional' your role includes advising on governance legal and procedural matters.
Governors and trustees: you won't need to know this guidance in depth but you can use it to get an overview of key governance legislation. Remember that your clerk or trust governance lead will often have the answers you need.
Your first port of call: the Governance Handbook
The Governance Handbook will often be the first place to look for anything governance-related. It's not legislation itself, but it:
- Sets out the core role and functions of the governing board
- Summarises all the legal duties on boards, signposting to more detailed information, guidance and resources
- Provides information on the support available to boards to be effective
It's published by the Department for Education (DfE) and is usually updated annually.
Maintained school regulations
The School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012 set out