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New governance regulations changes

New School Governance (Miscellaneous Amendments) (England) Regulations 2015 come into force in September 2015.

The regulations amend the constitution of temporary and shadow governing bodies of maintained schools to bring them into line with the 2012 Constitution Regulations, but also bring in a number of key important changes that members should be aware of: 

  • From 1 September 2015, governing bodies will be under a duty to publish on their website their register of interests. The register should set out the relevant business interests of governors and details of any other educational establishments they govern. The register should also set out any relationships between governors and members of the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives
  • Governing bodies will also be able to appoint associate members to serve on one or more governing body committee. They may also attend full governing body meetings but will not be governors and therefore do not have a vote in governing body decisions, although they may be given a vote on decision made by committees to which they are appointed. They should be appointed because of the specific expertise and experience they can contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. NAHT secured a requirement in the regulations that they must be appointed by the whole governing body and cannot just be brought in by the Chair of one sub committee, as this would be open to abuse, especially in relation to staffing matters
  • The regulations also allow greater flexibility on terms of office for governors so that so that individual governors within a particular category ( eg parent governors)  can hold terms of office that differ from other individuals within that category, perhaps depending on the time during which they have a child in the school. These can range from one to four year terms

The new regulations are now reflected in the revised DfE guidance on the constitution of maintained schools which can be found here:

The constitution of governing bodies of maintained schools

Page Published: 30/03/2015