Governance handbook

Guidance outlining the roles and duties of school governors and academy trusts.



This guidance is about:

  • governing bodies in local-authority-maintained schools
  • boards of trustees in academies

It explains:

  • their roles and functions
  • their legal duties
  • where they can find support

In schools maintained by local authorities, it applies to:

  • governors
  • headteachers
  • clerks
  • others involved in their governance

In academies, it applies to:

  • members of the academy trust
  • trustees
  • local governors
  • principals
  • clerks
  • others involved in their governance

The ‘Statutory policies for schools’ page outlines the policies and other documents school governing bodies are legally required to have.