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.

  • Ensuring Compliance - what governors need to know (Recorded June 2020)

    This webinar focuses on the role of the governing board in ensuring compliance with legislation and statutory regulations. We clarify an understanding of the legal frameworks and context in which schools and academies operate and the legal requirements with which they must comply. Using the DfE Governance Handbook and Competency Frameworks as a guide we explore both the role of the board, and of the clerk role in supporting and promoting effective governance oversight.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2020

  • 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 (Recorded April 2020)

    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

  • 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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Secondary School Covid Testing

The Department for Education (DfE) has issued a number of new guidance documents in the period immediately prior to the school Christmas holidays. These documents set out the government’s plans for mass-testing of all staff and pupils in secondary schools in the week of 4th January.