The governing board: purpose and responsibilities (maintained schools)

Save time with our summary of your board's responsibilities in different types of maintained schools.

Last reviewed on 31 July 2023
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  1. The 3 core functions of the governing board
  2. Key tasks and responsibilities
  3. Admissions
  4. Behaviour, suspensions and exclusions
  5. Curriculum
  6. Finance
  7. Governance
  8. Parents/carers and the community
  9. Health and safety
  10. Pupil wellbeing
  11. Safeguarding
  12. Special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)
  13. Staffing
  14. Pay and appraisal

The 3 core functions of the governing board

The Governance Handbook explains on page 13 that these are:

Key tasks and responsibilities

These vary depending on your school type

Remember, you might delegate some of your responsibilities. Find out more about schemes of delegation for maintained schools.

Admissions   Community Voluntary aided (VA) Voluntary controlled (VC) Foundation Comply with the local authority’s (LA’s) admission arrangements  ✓   ✓   Determine the school’s admission arrangements annually, including the published admission number (PAN) and the oversubscription criteria   ✓   ✓ Ensure the school’s admission arrangements comply with the School Admissions Code and