Last reviewed on 7 July 2021
School types: Maintained, Academy · School phases: All
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You should review your committees every year. Read our 3-step process for how to do this effectively.


You must review the constitution, membership, and terms of reference for your committees each year. It's for you to decide which committees to have, who sits on them, how big they are and what they cover. 

This is set out in the School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances) (England) Regulations 2013 for maintained schools, and in academies' articles of association. 

Step 1: meet with other committee chairs 

Meet with the chairs of any other committees and the chair of governors to make sure you're all clear on what to look at during your reviews. 

Are meeting times convenient? Is each committee taking on the right kind of work? In the case of committees that have more than one area of responsibility, for example the finance and premises committee, do these areas of responsibility still sit well together? Does each committee have enough people, or do your committees regularly struggle to