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Use our download to get to grips with the responsibilities of governing boards in maintained schools and academies.

The 3 core functions of the governing board

The governing board exists to provide strong strategic leadership to a school, ensuring accountability for its educational and financial performance. 

The Governance Handbook assigns 3 core functions to the board:

Key tasks and responsibilities

These vary depending on your school type

Download this to help you to understand what you need to do based on the type of school you serve. 

It covers:

  • Admissions
  • Behaviour and exclusions
  • Curriculum
  • Finance
  • Governance
  • Parents and the community
  • Health and safety
  • Pupil wellbeing
  • Safeguarding
  • Special education needs and disabilities (SEND)
  • Staffing
  • Pay and appraisal

Our 'wheel of governance'

This infographic shows the key tasks and legal responsibilities of the governing board, based on the Governance Handbook. Share it with your governing board:

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