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Updated Governance Handbook available

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Updated Governance Handbook available

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Possibly in an effort to beat the Black Friday rush, the DfE released the latest edition of the Governors’ Governance Handbook yesterday.

Make no mistake, this is a significant revision – 114 more focused pages compared to the 131 of the previous Governors’ Handbook. Trailed by Chris Caroe at the NCOGS Conference, the change of the handbook’s name marks a significant shift  towards the performance of a function (governance) rather than that of a particular role (that of governor) – with trustees, members of local governing bodies and governors all tasked with carrying out good governance. This is reflected by the subtitle on the previous edition, which read For governors in maintained schools, academies and free schools, while the latest subtitle reads For trustees of academies and multi-academy trusts and governors of maintained schools.

Browse the Governance Handbook by section

We’ve broken the Hadnbook down, so from the links below you can get straight to the sections within the new handbook if your web browser opens PDFs directly – otherwise you can read the whole PDF document from the start:


The Governance Handbook should obviously be read in conjunction with a number of other documents – particularly the revised Ofsted inspection framework – as it outlines the expectations which the DfE has for trustees and governors in all maintained schools and academies – including free schools, studio schools and UTCs. There will undoubtedly be more to follow on this – install the free Modern Governor mobile app to read all about it from the leading governance blogs.

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