School governors

Resources for school governors

There are different categories of governor:

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 Governance 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 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

School Governor Qualifications and Disqualifications Disclosure Form (Word 43KB) - 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 Governance 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 - step by step guide (PDF 134.6KB)

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

Governor training 2018/2019

Governor training programme (PDF 509KB)

List of courses in date order (PDF 162.5KB)

Safer Recruitment Training

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

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