School governors

Resources for school governors

There are different categories of governor:

Governance handbook

The Department for Education (DfE) has a Governance Handbook, which outlines the roles and duties of school governors and academy trusts, on their website (link opens in new window).

Instrument of Government

Every governing body is legally required to have an Instrument of Government, a document recording the name of the school and the composition of the governing body. The governing body is responsible for its preparation and it must be approved by:

  • the foundation governors
  • any trustees
  • any appropriate religious body

Once the draft instrument has been approved, the governing body submits it to the local authority. The governing body with the local authority can review and change the instrument at any time.

Academy status

Information regarding academy conversion can be found on the National Governors' Association's (NGA) website (link opens in new window) and on the DfE's website (link opens in new window).

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 65.2KB) regarding academies.

Performance hub

The performance hub provides information on research and statistics, performance tables and Department for Education publications under the following headings:

  • Ofsted School Data Dashboard
  • Research and Statistics (RS) Gateway
  • In Your Area
  • Performance Tables
  • Raiseonline
  • Neighbourhood Statistics
  • Department for Education - Publications
  • Key Stage 4 (GCSE) interactive map
  • Fisher Family Trust (FFT) Online
  • Ofsted
  • Numbers on roll and forecasts
  • Lower schools analyses
  • Central Bedfordshire school performance page

Clerks' resources

Clerks' handbook (PDF 395.1KB) provides guidance on the roles undertaken by the clerk.

Clerkwise

Clerkwise is an online service. It provides information on changes in governing body practice or new procedures under consideration, an archive of practical advice on a huge range of governing body tasks model policies for use by the governing body.

To access Clerkwise, please email gov.training@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.

School Governor Qualifications and Disqualifications Disclosure Form - all new governors are required to sign this form at the time of their appointment. The form should be kept with the governor records.

Model job description

The National Governors Association (NGA) (link opens in new window) has a comprehensive job description on their website.

Sample academy clerk job description.

Interview questions when appointing a new clerk.

Suggestions on an induction pack for a new governor (PDF 80.2KB) .

Useful Resources

A New Headteacher (PDF 147.4KB)

Changing your school name (PDF 25.4KB) - step by step guide

Statutory guidance (link opens in new window) on the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012

Governors' Forum Meetings

Dates for 2016/2017 to be confirmed.

Governor training

Summary programme for 2016/2017 (PDF 401.6KB) .

List of courses in alphabetical order (PDF 117.1KB) .

List of courses in date order (PDF 118.6KB) .

Governors' online learning

If your governing body has subscribed to our current governor training programme, you can access the Governors E-Learning (GEL) guide (PDF 90.5KB) .

Safer Recruitment Training

Central Bedfordshire Safeguarding Children Board offers a free Safer Recruitment online course (link opens in new window).

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