Statutory Regulations

The role and responsibilities of school governors are defined in various acts of parliament and through statutory regulations. This section will help clerks and governors find out more about what they must do and what they can do as governors.

  • Governance Meetings during the Coronavirus Pandemic Webinar (Recorded April 2020)

    This webinar focused on the expectations of Governance during the Coronavirus pandemic and the associated school closures. With no changes to the statutory functions of governance, we explored DfE guidance that has been issued, to date, relating to; provision, learning and safeguarding, and how this is impacting on the agendas and content of governing board meetings. We also reflected on how these changes impact scope, participation and decision making.

    Consultant: Steve Barker April 2020

  • Panels & Hearings Webinar - 23rd April - 7-8PM

    This webinar focused on the processes, skills and behaviours required of both panel members and clerks when undertaking a panel hearing. We explored the role of the clerk in convening the hearing and managing information flow before the meeting, the importance of confidentiality, impartiality and adherence to timescales, and the role of panel members in discussion and decision making. Whilst work on most panel hearings has been suspended during the Coronavirus pandemic, this webinar provides an opportunity to develop an understanding of the legal requirements, develop key skills, and prepare to participate more effectively in a hearing once school days resume.

    Consultant: Linda Lissimore April 2020

  • Learning Walk focused on Quality of Education webinar (Recorded April 2020)

    This webinar focused on increasing governor and trustee knowledge of what constitutes a learning walk and how effective visits to the school/trust can enhance governance effectiveness. We explored how learning walks can be structured to provide valuable reassurance to the board on the quality of education being provided and how to report to the board on their visit. This webinar will be forward focused, identifying what good practice in learning walks will look like when schools return to normal opening patterns.

    Consultant: Steve Barker April 2020

  • Character Education DfE guidance

    The DfE has published new Character Education guidance for schools

    Consultant: Steve Barker December 2019

  • New Governance Handbook – March 2019

    The DfE has published a new, updated version of the Governance Handbook in March 2019

    Consultant: Steve Barker April 2019

  • New –What maintained schools must publish online

    The DfE have updated their guidance on what maintained schools must publish online

    Consultant: Steve Barker November 2018

  • Revised Guidance – what maintained schools must publish online

    The Department for Education has revised guidance on what maintained schools must publish online.

    : June 2018

  • New statutory duty on careers guidance for schools

    Revised statutory guidance on careers advice provided by schools and provision of access to other providers came into effect at the beginning of January 2018.

    : January 2018

  • Exclusions from schools – new statutory guidance from September 2017

    With effect from 1st September, new statutory guidance applies to all pupil exclusions in maintained schools, pupil referral units and academies in England.

    Consultant: Steve Barker August 2017

  • Removing Parent Governors

    On 1st September new statutory regulations come into effect enabling maintained school governing bodies to remove elected parent and staff governors.

    Consultant: Steve Barker August 2017

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Overseeing Pupil Mental Health & well being

This is the second article focusing on the governance of pupil mental health provision in recognition of Mental Health Week (18-22 May 2020). In this article we will further explore the role of governance in oversight of mental health provision for pupils, as schools prepare for wider reopening from 1 June.