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The Governors Handbook 2015

The EFA have recently issued an updated version of the Governors Handbook – please use the link below to download your free copy.

Whilst annex A on pages 123 -124 summarise the changes in this edition, there are several key areas of change in this publication and in particular:

1. Section 1.7 on pages 18 and 19 has been updated regarding governor conflicts of interest/loyalty and the governing body holding a register of interests. The following paragraph, whilst not new, is of particular importance:

“In the interests of transparency, all schools and academies should publish, including on their website, up to date details of the structure of the governing body and any committees, together with the names of their governors and their particular roles and responsibilities within that structure. They should also publish an annual statement setting out the key issues that have been faced and addressed by the governing body over the last year, including an assessment of the impact of the governing body on the school. For academies, these details of their governance arrangements must also be provided within the governance statement of their published annual accounts.”

2. Section 2.2 now includes new content on the governance structure of academies which clearly defines the various structures and roles within academy entities.

3. Section 7.1 remains a useful summary and section 7.6.3 includes an updated explanation of the expectations regarding the management of conflicts of interest.

4. Section 7.6.3 includes an updated explanation of the expectations regarding the management of conflicts of interest.

5. Following the release of the updated Academies Financial Handbook in September 2014, it would appear the DfE are now urging all schools to publish a register of governors’ interests on the school website for transparency purposes which again shows their recent attitude towards conflicts of interest. We would suggest that this is brought to the attention of all governors at the next appropriate meeting.

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