School governance

Duties and responsibilities, collaborative governance, school structure changes, roles in governance, guidance on what to publish online.


  1. Become a school or college governor

    Register your application to be a school or college governor - you can help decide how a local school or college is run

  2. Identity verification for new chairs of trustees

    Form for new chairs of trustees in academies, free schools and independent schools to verify their identity.

  3. Interim executive board application form

    How local authorities can apply to set up a school governing body as an interim executive board.

Guidance and regulation

  1. What maintained schools must publish online
  2. Governance handbook and competency framework
  3. Statutory policies for schools
  1. What academies, free schools and colleges should publish online

    • Detailed guide
    • Department for Education
  2. Equality Act 2010: advice for schools

    • Guidance
    • Department for Education
See all guidance and regulation

News and communications

  1. Education Secretary issues call to arms for school governors

    • Department for Education
    • News story
  2. Letter from Lord Theodore Agnew to chairs of academy trusts

    • Education and Skills Funding Agency
    • Correspondence
  3. National database of governors

    • Department for Education
    • News story
  4. New National Schools Commissioner appointed

    • Department for Education
    • Press release
See all news and communications

Policy and engagement

  1. Maintained school governing body constitution: regulation changes
  2. Changes to the system of school organisation


  1. Direction: Waseem Yaqub barred from managing independent schools

    • Department for Education
    • Decision
  2. The quality of school governance: defining and collecting metrics

    • Department for Education
    • Research
  3. Improving school governance

    • Ofsted
    • Research
  4. National leaders of governance short research study

    • Closed organisation: National College for Teaching and Leadership
    • Research
  5. The evolving education system in England

    • Department for Education
    • Research
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