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New school governance regulations

The School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances) (England) Regulations 2013 come into force on 1 of September 2013 and simplify and replace the provisions of three previous sets of regulations[1].

New provisions in these regulations:

  • Introduce three core functions on which governing bodies should focus:  

    • (a) Ensuring that the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school are clearly defined;

    • (b) Ensuring that the head teacher performs his or her responsibilities for the educational performance of the school; and

    • (c) Ensuring the sound, proper and effective use of the school’s financial resources

  • Place a new obligation on governing bodies to have regards to advice from the clerk to the governing body as to the nature of that body’s functions.

  • Simplify the requirements in relation to setting the chair and vice chair’s term of office and reduce the list to functions of the clerk to

    • (a) Attend meetings of the governing body and ensure minutes of the     proceedings are produced.

    • (b) Maintain a register of members of the governing body and of associate members and report any vacancies to the governing body; and

    • (c) Perform such other tasks as may be determined by the governing body from time to time.

  • Set out that the proceedings of a governing body are not invalidated by any person not having received written notice or an agenda for the meeting.

  • Allow for alternative arrangements for governors to participate or vote at meetings including but not limited to telephone or video conference.

  • Provide more flexibility for governing bodies to delegate functions to a committee or a governor or the head teacher where the matter does not directly concern the head teacher.

  • Apply these regulations to governing bodies of federations and make it clear that a governor employed at a federated school is not eligible to be chair or vice chair of the governing body of that federation.

Link to : The School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances) (England) Regulations 2013 







[1] The Education (School Government) (Terms of Reference) (England) (Regulations) 2000, the Education (Governors’ Allowances) (England) Regulations 2003(and the School Governance (Procedures) (England) Regulations 2003are revoked on 1st September 2013











Page Published: 30/07/2013