School governance update

Important news and communications from the Department for Education (DfE) relating to governance in maintained schools and academy trusts in England.

Applies to England



These updates are for anyone involved in school and trust governance who wants to know the latest messages from the DfE, such as:

  • governors
  • trustees
  • chairs
  • governance professionals
  • members
  • anyone else involved in the governance of schools and trusts in England

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Previous newsletters are available from the National Archives.

Published 18 September 2019
Last updated 16 December 2022 + show all updates
  1. Added 'School governance update: December 2022’.

  2. Added 'School governance update: September 2022'.

  3. Added an article on the recruitment of National Leaders of Governance to 'School governance update: July 2022'.

  4. Added 'School governance update: July 2022' and removed updates for March 2021 and April 2021.

  5. Added 'School governance update: November 2021'.

  6. Added July 2021 updates for maintained schools and academy trusts. Some previous editions have been removed and placed in the National Archives.

  7. Added 'School governance update: April 2021'.

  8. Added 'School governance update: March 2021'.

  9. Added 'School governance update: December 2020'.

  10. Added 'School governance update: October 2020'.

  11. Added 'Local authority maintained schools: school governance update July 2020' and 'Academy trusts: school governance update July 2020'.

  12. Added 'School governance: coronavirus (COVID-19) update'.

  13. Updated information about video or teleconferencing applications in 'School governance update March 2020: advice for governing bodies'.

  14. Added 'School governance update March 2020' which includes guidance in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19).

  15. Added updates for January 2020.

  16. Added school governance update for November 2019.

  17. Added sentence to specify that all changes made to the statutory policies list for schools and academys reflect previously announced requirements on schools, there are no new requirements or policies announced in this update.

  18. First published.