The Education (School Government) (Terms of Reference) (England) Regulations 2000 set out the different roles and responsibilities of the headteacher and governing body in schools in England.

The attached guidance and decision planner explains the content of the regulations and invites governing bodies to consider the division of responsibilities between themselves and their headteachers and to review their procedures. The aim is to help governing bodies and headteachers work together as effectively as possible, without duplication of effort. The regulations clarify the role of the governing body as being mainly strategic and as acting as a ‘critical friend’ to the headteacher. They replace provisions in former articles of government, which were abolished on 31 August 1999 following the reconstitution of governing bodies.

The guidance includes a decision planner with recommendations and there is also a separate decision planner to download for governing bodies to complete.