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.

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Guidance and regulation

  1. What maintained schools must publish online
  2. Governance handbook and competency framework
  3. Statutory policies for schools
  4. What academies, free schools and colleges should publish online
  5. Equality Act 2010: advice for schools
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News and communications

  1. Education Secretary issues call to arms for school governors
  2. Letter from Lord Theodore Agnew to chairs of academy trusts
  3. Direction: Waseem Yaqub barred from managing independent schools
  4. National database of governors
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Research and statistics

  1. Public Appointments: Annual Report for Northern Ireland, 2016/17
  2. The quality of school governance: defining and collecting metrics
  3. Improving school governance
  4. National leaders of governance short research study
  5. The evolving education system in England
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Maintained school governing body constitution: regulation changes
  2. Changes to the system of school organisation
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Review of Oldknow Academy Trust
  2. Review of Park View Educational Trust
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