All governing boards are required to follow school governance legislation to meet statutory responsibilities as outlined in the Department for Education (DfE) Governance Handbook.
The other key statutory duties are :
- ensuring safeguarding procedures in place to protect pupils and staff
- monitoring the school budget and ensuring that school finances are spent well
- ensuring that adequate and appropriate provision is provided for Special Education Needs (SEN) pupils
- having statutory school policies
Safeguarding is a key requirement for all governing boards. School are required to follow the mandatory guidance issued by the DfE called Keeping Children Safe in Education.
We have produced a model Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy for schools. Schools are advised to tailor this policy to meet the individual school context.
Schools are required to monitor changes in behaviour that may indicate radicalisation and adopt the national PREVENT agenda.
All governing boards are responsible for ensuring financial probity by having strategic oversight of the school budget and ensuring resources are well spent following the Schools Financial Efficiency guidance.
Special Educational Needs
Governing boards must ensure that adequate provision is provided for SEN pupils according to the DfE SEN Code of Practice. It is recommended that governing have a designated SEN governor to have oversight of SEN provision.
The governing body has a statutory duty to ensure that school policies are reviewed at regular intervals and ratified by the governing body. The DfE has a statutory policy list which should be followed by governing boards.
Redbridge Council has produced a range of model policies for governing boards to tailor to meet the individual requirements of the school.
Governing boards have strategic responsibility for staffing in schools. This includes ensuring that a staffing structure is in place and staff salaries are set in line with the DfE School Teachers Pay and Conditions document.
A key task carried out by a designated panel of governors is the Performance Management of the Headteacher.
One of the most important tasks that a governing body can carry out is the appointment of a Headteacher. This involves producing a job description and person specification, advertising and ensuring that you follow a robust selection process. We can assist you with this. Please contact us to obtain details of our Headteacher Recruitment service.