The Governance handbook has been updated to reflect changes to the law and education policy, including the ‘prevent’ duty and what schools must publish online.
This new edition has been re-named the 'Governance Handbook' to make clear that it applies to all those involved in school governance. The handbook now refers throughout to the 'board' to emphasise that it applies equally to the governing body of a small maintained school as it does to the board of a large MAT.
This edition of the Handbook emphasises the importance of schools using objective data to ask the right questions and provide robust accountability; and how formalised collaboration allows for schools to fully realise the benefits of working together while gaining a strategic perspective.
The new version includes:
A new structure to better focus on the core functions of the board and the essentials of effective governance;
Shorter, more easily digestible, sections and a reduction of twenty pages. The old Handbook was 8 sections, plus an annex and ran to 134 pages. The new Handbook is 14 Sections and is a total of 113 pages. Links signpost to further guidance where required.
New and updated links to best practice and to the resources and support available to boards to be effective.
New content to reflect changes to the law affecting boards and changes to education policy.