New Statutory Guidance for Governor and others contains information on what schools and colleges should do and sets out the legal duties with which schools and colleges must comply.
The Department for Education (DfE) is now publishing its information on the GOV.UK website. Most content from the DfE website has been moved to GOV.UK. However, the DfE has confirmed that not all documents are being transferred.
In September 2014 a new duty will be introduced for governing bodies to make arrangements to support pupils at school with medical conditions. Statutory and non-statutory guidance will be issued
2013 data for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 is available
February 2014 update from DfE (now also included as link in Governor’s Handbook) include changes
Changes from the previous version
In this February 2014 version of the advice the following changes have been made:
Teachers’ pay – Revised pay progression arrangements came into force with effect from September 2013 – Updated link provided to the new legislation
Premises management – New link provided to DfE asbestos management advice.
Child Protection – Approval: Governing bodies of maintained schools free to delegate to a committee of the governing body, an individual governor or the head teacher
The Secretary of Secretary of State has accepted all the key recommendations in the School Teachers’ Review Body’s 23rd report
DfE publication summarises, for schools and local authorities, the conditions for receiving the pupil premium grant for the 2014 to 2015 academic year
This advice is non-statutory advice from DfE , to help recipients understand their obligations and duties in relation to the School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances) (England) Regulations 2013 (“the regulations”) as amended
The regulations and this advice apply to the governing bodies and school leaders of maintained schools and of federations of maintained schools and the management committees of pupil referral units in England..
The ‘board of governors’ should operate at a strategic level, leaving the headteacher and senior school leaders responsible and accountable to it for the operational day-to-day running of the school.
The board should avoid its time being consumed with issues of secondary importance, and focus strongly on 3 core functions:
• setting the vision and strategic direction of school
• holding the headteacher to account for its educational performance
• ensuring financial resources are well spent
Governors need a robust process and framework for setting priorities, creating accountability and monitoring progress.
It is good practice for the board to review its own performance regularly and publish an annual statement to explain how it has fulfilled its responsibilities.
Boards should develop and maintain a scheme of delegation to define explicitly at which level each of its functions will be exercised. It is crucial that the board as a whole retains oversight of the core functions.
The chair has a vital role in keeping the board focused on its core functions, and in ensuring it operates effectively, including through the active contribution of all its members.
High-quality professional clerking is crucial to the effective functioning of the board.
Members of the board and its committees must be present in a meeting to vote, but they may be present ‘virtually’, for example by telephone or video conference.
DfE consultation sets out proposed changes to the regulations and guidance that govern the constitution of governing bodies in maintained schools and federations of maintained schools in England . The Closing Date is Friday 14 March 2014
The intention is to then lay amendments to regulations in the spring of 2014 to come into force on 1 September 2014