Publishing governing board minutes online
Find out about the expectations around publishing meeting minutes on your school website, and what the requirements are for making minutes available.
You're expected to publish your minutes
State-funded schools are expected to publish certain information proactively to comply with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 publication scheme.
Governing board minutes are one of the types of information you're expected to publish (along with agendas and any papers considered) – but you don't have to publish confidential information.
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO):
- Expects these to be available for at least the current and previous 3 years
- Recommends publishing them on your website, as this is the easiest way for people to access them
You can also find more about the publication scheme, including a guidance document about minutes and agendas in particular, on the ICO website here.