16 December, 2015
The Department for Education have published a new re-branded version of the Governance Handbook for Governors in maintained schools and academies. The handbook has been updated to 'reflect changes to the law affecting boards of governors and changes to education policy'.
The change in the name of the handbook marks a significant shift towards the performance of a function of the governance as a board, rather than the particular role of a governor. There is also an increased focus on involving trustees, members of the local governing bodies and the staff of the school in a collective approach to governance.
The handbook focuses on three core functions
The new version includes many changes namely;
Schools are encouraged to provide robust accountability and fully realise the benefits of working together to gain a strategic perspective. There is a real emphasis on the importance of schools working together, collaborating and integrating in their local community.
There is also more of a commercial focus in the guidance on recruiting individuals for the board. Boards are encouraged to recruit individuals with business acumen and particular skills to enable an effective board to be established. Effective boards are those that think carefully about their organisation and efficiently delegate functions and decisions to suitable committees or individuals.