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Procedures and Guidance

Please find below a list of procedures, regulations and guidance that you will find useful in carrying out your role as a school governor.

School governance regulations

Academies Financial Handbook - 2021 (pdf, 676kb)

DfE - Governance Handbook 2020 (pdf, 1.7mb)

DfE - Competency framework for governance - January 2017 (pdf, 676kb)

Constitution and governance regulations

Constitution of Governing Bodies - Statutory Guidance - August 2017 (pdf, 285kb)

The School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012 (pdf, 106kb)

The School Governance (Federations) (England) Regulations 2012 (pdf, 527kb)

The School Governance (Constitution and Federations) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 (pdf, 36kb)

The School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances) (England) Regulations 2013 (pdf, 103kb)

The School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances) (England) Regulations - departmental advice - January 2014 (pdf, 173kb)

PRU Constitution guidance - January 2013 (pdf, 382kb)

Governing body annual workplanner

LA Governing Body Annual Workplanner Sept 2021 (xlsx, 53kb)

NGA Skills Audit

NGA - Governing board skills audit - 2021 (Individual Governors) (xlsx, 45kb)

NGA - Skills Audit - Governing Board - 2021 (whole governing body) (xlsx, 46kb)

NGA Skills Audit Guidance 2021 (pdf, 270kb)

NGA - 20 questions for governors - 2015 (pdf, 457kb)

Link governor visits

NGA School Visits Guide (pdf, 188kb)

NGA - School visits guidelines (doc, 43kb)

Parent/Staff governor elections

LA - Parent Governor Election Procedure - September 2016 (docx, 54kb)

LA - Staff Governor Election Procedure - September 2016 (docx, 40kb)


DfE - Exclusion from maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units in England - September 2017 (pdf, 339kb)

DfE - The School Discipline (Pupil Exclusions and Reviews) (England) Regulations 2012 (pdf, 137kb)

Headteacher recruitment and performance management

A guide to recruiting and selecting a new headteacher (pdf, 273kb)

Effectively managing Headteacher's Performance (pdf, 1.8mb)

Headteacher or Principal recruitment to a Catholic School or Academy - 2013 (pdf, 495kb)


School Admissions Code 2021 (pdf, 558kb)


DfE - Essential School Maintenance - a guide for schools - January 2016 (docx, 81kb)

DfE - Managing asbestos in your school - February 2017 (pdf, 1.1mb)

NGA - A Framework for Governance - January 2015 (pdf, 640kb)


Schools Financial Value Standards and Checklist Guidance

OFSTED inspection

Education Inspection Framework

Inspection Handbook

Inspection Handbook - Section 8

Other useful documents and guidance

Best Practice for School Complaints

What maintained schools must publish online

What academies, free schools and colleges should publish online

What governong boards and headteachers should expect from eachother

What multi academy trust boards and CEOs should expect from each other

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    For a list of HR policies such as Appraisal, Capability, Disciplinary, Grievance, Pay, Redundancy & Reorganisation and Whistle Blowing, please contact your HR provider. Please click on HR Support above to access Southwark's HR page.