Resources for school governors
There are different categories of governor:
- Co-opted Governor (PDF 211.3KB)
- Foundation / Partnership Governors (PDF 220.9KB)
- Local Authority Governor (PDF 217.3KB)
- Parent Governor (PDF 221.1KB)
- Staff Governor (PDF 216.7KB)
- Associate Member (PDF 212.9KB)
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.
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.
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
- Neighbourhood Statistics
- 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
Clerks' handbook (PDF 395.1KB) provides guidance on the roles undertaken by the clerk.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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).