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Statutory guidance

Constitution of governing bodies of maintained schools

Statutory guidance setting out the arrangements for the constitution of governing bodies of all local-authority-maintained schools.



This statutory guidance is for:

  • governing bodies
  • local authorities

It covers:

  • the description of the different categories of governor
  • priorities in deciding the constitution and membership of the governing body
  • the skills governing bodies need
  • governor elections
  • publication of governors’ details and the register of interests
  • terms of office
  • removal and disqualification of governors
  • instruments of government (setting out the governance structure of the governing body)
  • all aspects of the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012

The guidance contains a table showing the constitution of governing bodies by category of governor (annex B).

There is also a model instrument of government (annex C).

Statutory guidance sets out what schools must do to comply with the law. You should follow the guidance unless you have a very good reason not to.