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Last updated on 24 July 2019
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Use our download to get to grips with the responsibilities of governing boards in maintained schools and academies.

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Contents

  1. The 3 core functions of the governing board
  2. Key tasks and responsibilities
  3. Free governor induction from The Key

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:

Free governor induction from The Key

Governor Induction is a free e-learning module produced by The Key in partnership with Lloyds Banking Group and Governors for Schools. It's designed to help new governors and trustees in maintained schools, academies and multi-academy trusts to understand their role, but existing governors and trustees can also use it as a refresher.

The module includes information, activities, videos and practical resources. It provides an overview of:

  • Your role and responsibilities
  • The impact you can make
  • Learning about your school
  • Attending your first meeting
  • Your accountabilities

Governor Induction takes around an hour to complete. It's free to access. You can do it on your PC, tablet or smartphone. You can find it here.

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