Competency framework for governance

We summarise the key features of the competency framework for governance in just one page. Download a copy of this QuickRead as a ready-made resource to share with your board.

Last reviewed on 8 March 2024
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The competency framework for governance sets out the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed for effective governance in maintained schools and academies.

It’s non-statutory and is meant to be read alongside the Governance Handbook and the Academy Trust Handbook. It's divided into 2 parts:

1. Principles and personal attributes 

To make an active contribution to effective governance, everyone on the board should:

  • Conduct themselves in line with the Nolan principles of public life
  • Be mindful of their responsibilities under equality legislation and encourage diversity and inclusion
  • Understand the impact of effective governance on the quality of education and on outcomes for all children and young people

Everyone involved in governance should also be the 7 Cs: committed, confident, curious, challenging, collaborative, critical and creative.

2. Knowledge and skills 

There are 6 core features of effective governance:

This section outlines which skills are needed by everyone on the board and the specific skills