Last reviewed on 13 September 2021
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Get organised and understand what decisions you can delegate (and to whom) in your school. Save time by downloading our template schemes of delegation if you're a maintained school or single academy trust.

What's a scheme of delegation?

It's a document that sets out who will make decisions and carry out certain functions on your governing board. 

Tasks are usually delegated to:

  • The governing board
  • Committees
  • Individual governors
  • The headteacher

Some things you can't delegate ...

Read the full list of what can and can't be delegated in the section 'restrictions on delegation' here.

Maintained school template 

Single academy trust template

Review annually

Maintained schools: do this as good practice – our associate education expert, Harry James, told us this.

These annual reviews are unlikely to result in major changes. It will often be a case of checking that governors are still happy with