The governing board: purpose and responsibilities

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Last reviewed on 24 October 2022
School types: All · School phases: All
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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 and the community
  9. Health and safety
  10. Pupil wellbeing
  11. Safeguarding
  12. Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
  13. Staffing
  14. Pay and appraisal

The 3 core functions of the governing board

The Governance Handbook explains these are:

Key tasks and responsibilities

These vary depending on your school type

Download our KeyDoc below or carry on reading this article to get a sense of what you need to do based on your school type.

Remember, you might delegate some of your responsibilities. Find out more about schemes of delegation for maintained schools, single academies and multi-academy trusts.

Admissions   Community Voluntary aided (VA) Voluntary controlled (VC) Foundation Academies/ free schools Comply with the local authority’s (LA’s)