Last reviewed on 5 January 2022
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The Governance Handbook was updated on 8 October 2020. Read our summary to get up to speed on the key changes.


The Governance Handbook is where the Department for Education (DfE) brings together good practice and relevant requirements for maintained schools and academies. It sets out what good governance should look like, including the role and functions of governing boards.

Changes in the handbook reflect wider changes in education and the country as a whole

While there are some bigger changes in this year's Governance Handbook than we've seen in the past, this is a reflection of changes since its last publication in March 2019, including:

New additions for all schools

The main additions to this edition of the handbook are:

Governing remotely

You may wish to continue to govern remotely, carrying out meetings (page 25) via: