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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 - July 2017 (pdf, 1.3mb)

Governance Handbook - January 2017 (pdf, 1.6mb)

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

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

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)

Constitution regulations

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

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

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

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

Governing body annual workplanner

LA - Governing Body Planner - January 2019 (xlsx, 54kb)

NGA Skills Audit

NGA - Governing board skills audit - 2017 (Individual Governors) (doc, 170kb)

NGA - Skills Audit - Governing Board - 2017 (whole governing body) (xlsx, 21kb)

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

Link governor visits

NGA - Knowing your school - School visits - holding your school to account (pdf, 601kb)

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)


DfE - School Admissions Code - December 2014 (pdf, 681kb)


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)


EFA - SFVS Assessment Form 2016-17 - March 2016 (docx, 71kb)

EFA - SFVS support notes 2016-17 - March 2016 (pdf, 547kb)

OFSTED inspection

Common inspection framework (pdf, 323kb)

Inspection handbook - section 5 (pdf, 721kb)

Inspection handbook - section 8 (pdf, 630kb)

Other useful documents and guidance

Best Practice Advice for School Complaints - January 2016 (pdf, 441kb)

What schools must publish online  - April 2017 (docx, 48kb)

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