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Instrument of government: examples and guidance

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Last updated on 17 November 2016
School types: Maintained · School phases: All
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Is there a model instrument of government for maintained schools? We link to the DfE's model instrument, which schools can use as a template, and provide a KeyDoc checklist of what to include. We look at creating and changing an instrument of government, and link to examples from schools.

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  1. 1 Model instrument of government
  2. 2 Creating an instrument of government
  3. 3 Changing an instrument of government
  4. 4 Instruments of government: examples from schools

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