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Flexibility in governing body size and composition from September

Flexibility in governing body size and composition from September

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The Education Act 2011 provides for some flexibility for governing bodies of local authority maintained school to reduce in size and amend the categories of governors, there is no requirement to change the size or composition of your governing body if it is working well, although you may want to consider whether the amendments would allow you to improve your effectiveness.

The final versions of the regulations are now available.

The School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012

The School Governance (Federations) (England) Regulations 2012


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  • Carol Woolley
    Posted at 09:08h, 06 June Reply

    There has been a lot of discussion on @moderngovernor twitter this week about how the possibility of smaller Governing Bodies will impact on the working of sub committees. Some propose working with 2 committees whilst others 4 or 6. So, how do you retain the right balance and ensure the committee meetings are not just mini governing body meetings? and what are the key committees you feel are necessary to ensure effective governance?

  • Lindsey Thorpe
    Posted at 07:59h, 08 July Reply

    We have 4 Sub-committees (Curriculum – covers education, curriculum, LAC etc), Buildings and Premises (Covers everything from Health and Safety, lettings, maintenance/development of school site etc), Staffing and Finance (Does exactly what it says on the tin. Our fourth is for the Stepping Stones Children’s Centre that is managed by our head and Deputy. Governors skills/ interests/ strengths were discussed and we volunteered to join committees we felt we could make a difference to. It works really well and was praised by OFSTED!!!

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