A toolkit to support schools and governing bodies considering academy status has been put together by governor services representatives from a number of local authorities. It is available for use by everyone.
The toolkit includes:
Academy Decision Making Process and Consultation (PDF 43KB)
Considering the Differences and Implications (PDF 49KB)
Academy Law; notes on the emerging picture (PDF 136KB)
Information regarding academies can be found also on the National Governors' Association's (NGA) website and on the Department for Education's (DfE) DFE website.
*Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 65KB) regarding academies.
Below you will find information explaining the different categories of governor including the role of the associate member. New Regulations came into force on 1 September 2012 which apply to governing bodies that change their Instrument of Government on or after this date.
Under The School Governance (Constitution)(England) Regulations 2007:
Under The School Governance (Constitution)(England) Regulations 2012:
On this page you will find information for Chairs of Governors.
This handbook has been designed to provide advice and support on the role of the chair and guidance on legal matters, meetings, committee structures and relationships with other key people.
Handbook for Chairs of Governors (PDF 389KB)
Governors' Forum forthcoming dates for Forum Meetings
21 October 2014
GM19 from 1600 to 1730 hours at Council Chamber, Priory House, Chicksands, SG17 5TQ
GM20 from 1900 to 2030 hours at Leighton Buzzard Golf Club, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 3JF
12 February 2015
GM21 from 1600 to 1730 hours at Council Chamber, Priory House, Chicksands, SG17 5TQ
GM22 from 1900 to 2030 hours at Astral Park Sports and Community Centre, Johnson Drive, Leighton Buzzard LU7 4QR
23 June 2015
GM23 from 1600 to 1730 hours at Council Chamber, Watling House, Dunstable, LU6 1LF
GM24 from 1900 to 2030 hours at Council Chamber, Priory House, Chicksands, SG17 5TQ
To book your place, please note the reference numbers and email bookings to firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone on 0300 300 8131.
With effect from 14 May 2013, the Department for Education (DfE) replaced the Governors' Guide to the Law with the Governors' Handbook, a copy of which can be found on their website.
Below you will find details of the courses available in the Governor Training Programme for 2014/2015:
Appraisal of the headteacher's performance (PDF 137KB)
Clerks' seminar (PDF 78KB)
Finance induction (PDF 89KB)
Governors' monitoring visits (PDF 80KB)
Health and safety in a school/academy setting (PDF 89KB)
Induction - whole day (PDF 92KB)
Induction - comprising 2 half day sessions (PDF 143KB)
Looked After Children (PDF 88KB)
Ofsted update (PDF 89KB)
Recruiting and appointing a new school leader (PDF 30KB)
Safeguarding/child protection (PDF 91KB)
School organisation (PDF 89KB)
SEN/vulnerable learners - the role of the SEN governor (PDF 79KB)
Succession planning (PDF 88KB)
Support and challenge (PDF 81KB)
Taking the Chair comprising 3 modules (PDF 90KB)
Understanding Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) performance data (PDF 88KB)
Understanding performance data for lower (PDF 91KB)
Understanding the roles and responsibilities of an academy governor (PDF 56KB)
Summary of courses - alphabetical order (PDF 115KB)
Summary of courses - date order (PDF 118KB)
How to book a course
Course booking information can be found in this document (PDF 115KB).
Governors' on-line learning
If your governing body has subscribed to our current governor training programme, you can access the following free of charge:
Governors E Learning (GEL) (PDF 95KB)
Safer Recruitment Training
Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Local Safeguarding Children Boards have commissioned a FREE fully updated Safer Recruitment On Line E learning package and welcomes applications from all School Governors.
The package incorporates recent changes to the Disclosure and Barring arrangements as well as providing a helpful overview of the activities required to ensure that individuals wishing to work with children are recruited safely.
Governors can apply for the course via this link: http://bedfordshirelscb.safeguardingchildrenea.co.uk/ and to register:
Select Central Bedfordshire Childcare and Education
Select Education CBC
Select Lower, Middle, etc CBC
and give the name of the school in the 'Line Manager' section.
Maps of the venues can be found below:
Central Bedfordshire Council offices, Chicksands (PDF 383KB)
Central Bedfordshire Council offices, Dunstable (PDF 744KB)
Subscription form (PDF 107KB)
On completing the subscription application form for the academic year 2014/2015, please print it off and return it signed, by either the Chair of Governors or the Headteacher (or both), to Governor Training at the address stated on the form or it can be faxed to 0300 300 8227.
Every governing body is legally required to have an Instrument of Government.
This document records the name of the school and the composition of the governing body. The governing body is responsible for preparing the draft Instrument and, where relevant, it must be approved by the foundation governors, any trustees and/or the appropriate religious body.
Once the draft Instrument has been approved, the governing body submits it to the Local Authority (Joanna.Brown@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk) to check that it complies with statutory requirements. When this check has been completed, the Local Authority will 'make' (give it force of law) the Instrument. The Local Authority must provide enough copies for every member of the governing body and to any trustees and appropriate religious body.
The governing body with the Local Authority can review and change the Instrument at any time.
The Performance Hub provides information on Research and Statistics, Performance Tables and DfE Publications under the following headings:
Ofsted School Data Dashboard
Research and Statistics (RS) Gateway
In Your Area
Department for Education - Publications
Key Stage 4 (GCSE) interactive map
Fisher Family Trust (FFT) Online
Numbers on roll and forecasts
Lower schools analyses
Central Bedfordshire school performance page
Suggestions on what could be included in an induction pack for a new governor - Induction Pack (PDF 80KB)
School Governor Qualifications and Disqualifications Disclosure Form - all new governors are required to sign this form at the time of their appointment. Please download this form (PDF 36KB) and arrange for each new governor to sign the form when appointed. The form should be kept with the governor records in school.
In Central Bedfordshire, we have subscribed to Clerkwise to support our clerks. Clerkwise is an on-line service providing information about changes in governing body practice or new procedures as they happen; advice on changes and developments under consideration; an archive of practical advice on a huge range of governing body tasks; model policies for use by the governing body.
If you are a clerk working in a Central Bedfordshire School and would like to be able to access Clerkwise, please contact Joanna Brown in the governor support team by emailing email@example.com.
Handbook for Clerks
This handbook (PDF 395KB) has been designed to provide guidance on the different roles undertaken by the clerk including the clerk as administrator, as information manager and as adviser together with information about school governance and governing body meetings.
Model Job Description
The National Governors Association (NGA) has produced a very comprehensive job description which can be found on their website.
Example academy clerk job description - this job description (PDF 59KB) includes both the role of clerk and company secretary although the role of company secretary is often undertaken by the School Business Manager, if there is one.
Interview questions when appointing a new clerk - Questions (PDF 18KB).
This page contains some useful resources for governing bodies.
A New Headteacher (PDF 147KB)
Changing your school name - step by step guide (PDF 25KB)
Statutory guidance on the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012 - produced by the Department for Education