Register of interests (maintained schools)

Governing boards must publish a register of interests online. Read up on the statutory requirements and use GovernorHub tools so you know you've got everything covered.

Last reviewed on 10 January 2024
School types: Maintained · School phases: All
Ref: 5327
Contents
  1. What you need to do: in summary
  2. Use GovernorHub to streamline the process
  3. Template register of interests
  4. Who should be included on the register?
  5. What counts as an interest?
  6. How specific should the register be?
  7. Examples from schools

What you need to do: in summary

Your board must:

  • Keep a register of the up-to-date business and pecuniary interests of governors and the headteacher
    • This is to make sure your board is transparent and open
  • Publish your register online, and say that you’ll do so in your code of conduct
    • Your register should be in a "readily accessible form", which means the information is available on a webpage "without the need to download or open a separate document"

Clerks/governance professionals usually manage the register and ask governors to update it annually or when their circumstances change.

The rules are set out on page 12 of the statutory guidance constitution of governing bodies of maintained schools.

Let your governors/trustees know they can add their declarations of interest to their GovernorHub profile. Everyone can view declarations for the whole board to promote transparency, and administrators can send a friendly reminder to those