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Governance glossaries

Last updated on 8 April 2019
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The world of school governance is full of jargon and acronyms. It can be hard to decipher this language, particularly when you're new. Our glossaries are the perfect place to start.
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Governance basics

The key governance terms you'll come across, including roles on the board, school types, meeting procedures and key documents. 

If you're a new governor, or are getting a new governor up-to-speed, start with this one. 


Do you know your section 8 from your section 48? What about the ISI from HCMI? Read our Ofsted glossary if you're expecting an inspection.

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Common financial terms you'll encounter in maintained schools and academies, especially if you're on the finance committee. Read about delegated funding, the ESFA, high needs top-up funding and more. 


Terms relating to special educational needs (SEN), including types of SEN, and types of provision your school might provide. Ideal for SEN link governors. 

Staffing and HR

Staffing, HR and employment terms you'll come across, especially if you're on a staffing, pay or resources committee.

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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

There are a lot of technical terms relating to data protection. Read our breakdown of GDPR phrases like personal data, lawful basis and the data controller. 

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