Governors' handbook

Departmental advice outlining governors' roles and duties.

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This document has been replaced by the ‘Governance handbook’.


Governors' handbook

Governors' handbook


This departmental advice is for governing bodies in:

  • maintained schools
  • academies and free schools

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

If you are are governor looking for more advice, you can contact GovernorLine free of charge.


Telephone line is open:
Monday to Friday from 9am to 8pm

The line is closed on bank holidays.

Published 14 May 2013
Last updated 3 March 2014 + show all updates
  1. Replaced out-of-date statutory policy documents with a link to the up-to-date ones.
  2. Added contact details for GovernorLine.
  3. Replaced governors handbook Word 2010 version (.docx) with Word 1997-2003 version (.doc)
  4. Updated both versions of the statutory policies for governing bodies downloads.
  5. Added word version of the handbook.
  6. Updated the handbook with the January 2014 version.
  7. First published.