The following wording is also added to this paragraph: To make an informed decision on the matter an interview or detailed discussion will need to take place with each prospective candidate, with references (oral or written) taken as necessary and appropriate.
paragraph 15 includes a link to the Inspiring the Future resource and an expectation that this will be used along with SGOSS to source potential governors
NEW paragraph (17) states: We recognise that there are people who have the skill and the time to serve effectively on a number of governing bodies, and we do not want to restrict their ability to do so. However, where a prospective governor is already a governor of another school, the chair of governors should speak to the chair of the other governing body to discuss both the skills of the individual and, where appropriate, their capacity to serve effectively on an additional governing body. It is likely that only in exceptional circumstances will it be practical and beneficial for an individual to serve on more than two governing bodies – but this is rightly a matter for the appointing body to decide.
The information on publication of Governor details has been strengthened:
Publication of Governor’s Details and the Register of Interests
Paragraph 25. Governors hold an important public office and their identity should be known to their school and wider communities. In the interests of transparency, a governing body should publish on its website up-to-date details of its governance arrangements in a readily accessible form4. This should include:
the structure and remit of the governing body and any committees, and the full names of the chair of each;
for each governor who has served at any point over the past 12 months: • their full names, date of appointment, term of office, date they stepped down (where applicable), who appointed them (in accordance with the governing body’s instrument of government),
relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests) including: governance roles in other educational institutions;
any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives); and their attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over the last academic year.