Academy trusts: governance

Links to relevant guidance and resources for academy trust governors.

Statutory guidance and requirements

The links and documents below explain the policies that academy trusts must follow by law and their funding agreement.

Not all statutory guidance is included in this section as some links are listed under their relevant topic below. A list of statutory guidance for schools is available in the Schools: statutory guidance collection.

Safeguarding, SEND and pupil wellbeing

  1. Keeping children safe in education
  2. Education for children with health needs who cannot attend school
  3. SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 years
  4. Supporting pupils with medical conditions at school
  5. P scales: attainment targets for pupils with SEN
  6. Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006
  7. Equality Act 2010: advice for schools

Model articles of association

School admissions and attendance

  1. Academy admissions
  2. School admissions code
  3. School admissions appeals code
  4. Admission appeals for school places
  5. School attendance: guidance for schools

Governance duties, skills, behaviours and knowledge

Financial governance

Guidance, advice and tools to help schools manage and improve their resource management.

  1. School resource management: top 10 planning checks for governors
  2. Setting executive salaries: guidance for academy trusts
  3. Academy trust financial management good practice guides
  4. Academies financial management and governance self-assessment
  5. School resource management self-assessment tool
  6. Academy trusts: themes arising from ESFA's assurance work
  7. Related party transactions: information for academy trusts
  8. Academies revenue funding allocations
  9. Academies financial returns
  10. Academy national non-domestic rates (NNDR) claims
  11. Capital funding for multi-academy trusts (MATs)
  12. Risk protection arrangement for academies: join and get support
  13. Risk protection arrangement for academy trusts: membership rules

Academies year plan

  1. Academies planning calendar

Information for new academies and trusts, including changes

External reviews of governance

Recruitment and professional development

Guidance on the support, recruitment and development services available to governors through contracted providers.

Sex and relationship education

  1. Sex and relationship education


  1. Health and safety: advice for schools
  2. First aid in schools
  3. Good estate management for schools: tools
  4. Asbestos management in schools
  5. Fire safety risk assessment: educational premises
  6. Standards for school premises

Converting to academy status

School behaviour

  1. School behaviour and attendance: parental responsibility measures
  2. Behaviour and discipline in schools: guide for governing bodies
  3. Use of reasonable force in schools
  4. School exclusion

Alternative provision

  1. Alternative provision

Teachers’ pay

Newly qualified teachers

  1. Induction appeals procedures
  2. Induction for newly qualified teachers (NQTs)

School and pupil performance and use of data

  1. Schools causing concern
  2. Understanding your data: a guide for school governors and academy trustees


  1. Home-to-school travel and transport

School food

Data and information protection

School complaints

Capability of staff

  1. Staffing and employment advice for schools

Early years foundation stage statutory framework (EYFS)

  1. Early years foundation stage statutory framework (EYFS)
Published 17 September 2019