Local-authority-maintained schools: governance

Links to relevant guidance and resources for governors of local-authority-maintained schools.

Statutory guidance and requirements

The links and documents below explain the policies that local-authority-maintained schools must follow by law and their funding agreement.

Not all statutory guidance is in included 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.

  1. Statutory policies for schools and academy trusts
  2. Constitution of governing bodies of maintained schools
  3. School Governance (Collaboration) Regulations 2003
  4. School governance regulations 2013

Safeguarding, SEND and pupil wellbeing

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

School admissions and attendance

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

Governance duties, skills, behaviours and knowledge

Governance of Federations

  1. Governance in federations
  2. School Governance (Collaboration) Regulations 2003

Financial governance

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

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

Use of data

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

  1. School teachers' pay and conditions
  2. School teachers’ pay and conditions: guidance

Newly qualified teachers

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

School and pupil performance

  1. Induction for newly qualified teachers (NQTs)


  1. Home-to-school travel and transport

National curriculum

School food

Data and information protection

Information published on school websites

School complaints

Capability of staff

  1. Teacher appraisal and capability: model policy
  2. 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