Resources and guidance to help you become an effective school governor.
Governors’ DEI Toolkit
This toolkit from Diverse Educators features a bank of resources to help you and your team examine your current board setup and outlook, providing thought on the ways DEI can be prioritised, ensuring governors have the knowledge, skills, and tools they need to take action in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the school community.
Link: Governors' DEI Toolkit
The Big Help Out Primary School Presentation
The Big Help Out Primary School Presentation.
The role of a school governor
This guide sets out the role and responsibilities of a school governor.
Key Abbreviations and Acronyms
This document has the most common abbreviations and acronyms used across governing bodies and schools.
Governance Handbook [English schools]
The Governance handbook is guidance from the Department for Education. It sets out the government’s vision and priorities for effective governance.
Link: Governance Handbook
Keeping children safe in education [English schools]
Keeping children safe in education is statutory guidance from the Department for Education for schools and colleges who must have regard to it when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
The new 2023 version of Keeping children safe in education has just been released. You must continue to follow the 2022 guide until 31st August 2023.
Education Inspection Framework 2019 [English schools]
The Education Inspection Framework sets out how Ofsted inspects maintained schools and academies, non-association independent schools, further education and skills provision and registered early years settings in England.
A Competency Framework for Governance [English schools]
The knowledge, skills and behaviours needed for effective governance in maintained schools, academies and multi-academy trustsl
Link: Competency Framework
School Governors’ guide to the law [Welsh schools]
A reference guide for school governors in Wales on the roles and responsibilities of a school governing body.
Keeping learners safe [Welsh schools]
Guidance for local authorities and governing bodies on arrangements for safeguarding children.
Link: Keeping Learners Safe
Common inspection framework [Welsh schools]
The common inspection framework is used to inspect all education and training providers.
Mandatory training for school governors and clerks: guidance [Welsh schools]
Includes details of training required, when it should be completed and who provides it.