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The Governors’ Handbook provides information about the role and legal duties of governing bodies in maintained schools and academies (including free schools).
The Handbook can be downloaded via the link on this page. Section 1 and an overview of the contents of sections 2 to 8 can also be read via the table of contents in these pages.
Section 1 of the Handbook outlines the core role and functions of school governing bodies. All governors should read this section.
Sections 2 to 8 of the Handbook summarise all of the specific legal duties on governing bodies, providing a first point of reference for those with a specific area of interest.
Further reading is signposted from within each section for those who would like more detailed information. Links are provided to relevant regulations, guidance and resources. A list of all the policies and documents that schools are required to have by law can be accessed from this page. Also available on this page is a list of changes that have, or will soon, reduce regulatory burdens on maintained school governors. The Clerk to Governors website contains an index that has been prepared by a Chair of Governors.
To assist readers, we have given links throughout the Handbook to relevant legislation on the legisation website. The legislation may, however, have been amended and the links will not always take you to a version that has been revised to show those amendments. Readers are advised to check whether the legislation has been updated by using the ‘Changes to legislation’ facility on the website. Most types of secondary legislation on the website are not revised and are shown as originally made. Readers should always make their own checks to see whether regulations have been changed.
The Handbook replaces the Governors’ Guide to the Law.
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Comprehensive guide for all school governors; it replaces the governors guide to the law.