Last reviewed on 12 October 2021
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Learn about the division of responsibilities between the board and the headteacher, and read advice on keeping the governor role strategic, not operational.

In more detail

Governors' role

By law, the core functions of the governing board are to make sure that:

Governors should:

  • Pay a strategic role
  • Avoid routine involvement in operational matters
  • Focus strongly on holding their executive leader to account for exercising their professional judgement about how the school should be organised and managed 

You'll find the roles set out in this way in the Governance Handbook, and the School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances) (England) Regulations 2013.

Headteachers' role

The internal organisation, management and control of the school  The educational performance of the school Along with others, leading, developing and supporting the strategic direction, vision, values and priorities of the school  Developing, implementing and evaluating the school’s policies, practices and procedures Leading and managing teaching Lead, manage