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