QuickRead: Conflicts of interest

Read our 1-page summary of the rules on declaring conflicts of interests and publishing a register of interests on your website. Download a copy to share with your governing board.

Last reviewed on 18 April 2024
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What's a conflict of interest?

Conflicts of interest arise when you have any interests that may affect, or be seen to affect, your ability to take decisions that are impartial and in the best interests of your school, or if you're a trustee, the schools in your trust.

These may arise from personal relationships, business or financial activities, or involvement in the governance of another school/trust or charity.

If you're not sure whether an interest counts, err on the side of caution and declare it

Register of interests

Every school must publish a register of interests. This must be on your website.

In maintained schools it must include for each governor or associate member:

  • Any relevant business, or pecuniary, interests
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions
  • Interests that arise from close personal relations

Directorships, partnerships and employment with businesses Trusteeships and governorships at other educational institutions or charities Interests that arise from

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