The Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed arrangements for implementing a national database of governors by extending the information collected via EduBase.
These new arrangements aim to increase transparency on who governs our schools.
Single and multi-academy trusts should now use EduBase to check their entries, make any updates, and populate any fields that are empty. To reduce duplication we have transferred information already provided by academy trusts to EduBase.
The DfE will no longer collect information using the My Contact Information feature of EFA Information Exchange for academies and academy trusts (including free schools, UTCs and studio schools). However, you can still log into EFA Information Exchange to exchange documents with EFA, use the online calendar, and find answers to frequently asked questions in Knowledge Centre.
Maintained school governing bodies will be under a duty to provide the information required on Edubase from September 2016, and keep it up to date as those involved in governance change. We do not hold information on maintained school governors and so cannot pre-populate these fields. The fields are already live for governing bodies that wish to populate them in advance of the duty coming into force in September.