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.

  • Understanding the Instrument of Government Podcast

    This podcast features a discussion between our two governance and clerking experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn. Their focus is the role that the Instrument of Government plays in school governance, bring clarity of understanding to governors, of its significance and setting clear expectations for clerks, of how the document shapes governance within maintained schools and determines elections, appointments and the overall number of governors on the board.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2021

  • What governors should expect from Risk Assessment in September 2021 Podcast

    This podcast focuses on a discussion between our two governance experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn. Their discussion relates to the expectations that those involved in school governance should have relating to risk assessments and subsequent procedures in their schools, given the ongoing nature of the Covid pandemic. Changes in Department for Education guidance in July and August 2021, whilst not necessarily changing assessed risks, do mean that schools will be reflecting on the associated procedures and it is important that governing boards are aware of the changes and understand how they will impact on school processes and procedures in the coming months.

    Consultant: Steve Barker September 2021

  • DfE update school website requirements

    What schools must publish online updated February 2021

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2021

  • Character Education DfE guidance

    The DfE has published new Character Education guidance for schools

    Consultant: Steve Barker December 2019

  • Revised Guidance – what maintained schools must publish online

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

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2018