Governors of maintained schools and trustees of academies, early years and 16-19 education provision are responsible for setting a strategic direction, creating robust accountability and ensuring financial probity. Trustees must also ensure that they comply with all other relevant legal requirements.
Guidance on understanding these responsibilities and ensuring compliance can be found in the following section.
The Department for Education (DfE) is responsible for the provision of statutory procedures and regulations that govern the work of Governing Bodies.
In addition to those publications there are many resources and support tools available for governors, both nationally and locally in Waltham Forest, to support governing bodies to be effective in their work.
This high level of support is necessary given the level of responsibility that governors and governing bodies have in shaping the strategic direction of the school whilst holding school leaders to account for the school's performance.
WF Traded Services has provided a wide array of guidance and resources for governing bodies to support them in ensuring robust effectiveness and accountability.
Download below a number of documents and other resources to help governing bodies.
Governing Bodies have a statutory responsibility to review, implement and monitor some of the school's policies linked to education.
In addition to those education-focused statutory policies, there are other school policies, documents and procedures that are deemed statutory by other legislation or indeed referenced in other statutory documentation.
Where Governing Bodies subscribe to Governor Services support, statutory and good practice policy reviews are built into the Governing Body's annual cycle.
In terms of the policies required specifically in relation to 'governors', schools must have a policy/written documentation on:
In addition to statutory documentation, it is considered good practice for governing bodies to: