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Procedures and Guidance

Please find below a list of procedures, regulations and guidance that you will find useful in carrying out your role as a school governor.

School governance regulations and guidance

Academy Trust Handbook 2023

DfE Maintained Schools Governance Guide 2024

DfE Academy Trust Governance Guide 2024

Federations: guidance on the governance processes

Constitution and governance regulations

Constitution of Governing Bodies - Maintained Schools - Statutory Guidance

School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012 

The School Governance (Federations) (England) Regulations 2012

The School Governance (Federations) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

The School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances) (England) Regulations 2013

The Education (Pupil Referral Units) (Management Committees etc.) (England) Regulations 2007

The Pupil Referral Units (Miscellaneous Amendments) (England) Regulations 2012


Governing body annual workplanner

LA Governing Body Annual Work Planner (xlsx, 55kb)

NGA Skills Audit

NGA Skills Audit - Single School 2023 (xlsx, 48kb)

NGA Skills Audit - Single School Dashboard 2023 (xlsx, 55kb)

NGA Skills Audit - Trusts - 2023 (xlsx, 49kb)

NGA Skills Audit - Trusts Dashboard - 2023 (xlsx, 55kb)

GB Self Evaluation - NGA and Southwark (docx, 84kb)

Link governor visits

NGA School Visits Guide (pdf, 188kb)

NGA - School visits guidelines (doc, 43kb)

Children in Care - Guidance for Governors (pdf, 704kb)

Parent/Staff governor elections

LA - Parent Governor Election Procedure - August 2023 (docx, 49kb)

LA - Staff Governor Election Procedure - August 2023 (docx, 33kb)



Permanent Exclusion from maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units in England, including pupil movement - Sep 23

DfE - The School Discipline (Pupil Exclusions and Reviews) (England) Regulations 2012 (pdf, 137kb)

Headteacher recruitment and performance management

A guide to recruiting and selecting a new headteacher (pdf, 273kb)

Effectively managing Headteacher's Performance (pdf, 1.8mb)

Headteacher or Principal recruitment to a Catholic School or Academy - 2013 (pdf, 495kb)


School Admissions Code 2021 (pdf, 558kb)


DfE - Essential School Maintenance - a guide for schools - January 2016 (docx, 81kb)

DfE - Managing asbestos in your school - February 2017 (pdf, 1.1mb)

NGA - A Framework for Governance - January 2015 (pdf, 640kb)


Schools Financial Value Standards and Checklist Guidance

OFSTED inspection

Education Inspection Framework

Inspection Handbook

Inspection Handbook - Section 8

Other useful documents and guidance

Best Practice for School Complaints

What maintained schools must publish online

What academies, free schools and colleges should publish online

What governing boards and headteachers should expect from eachother

What multi academy trust boards and CEOs should expect from each other

  • Governor Policies, Procedures & Guidance

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  • HR Support

    For a list of HR policies such as Appraisal, Capability, Disciplinary, Grievance, Pay, Redundancy & Reorganisation and Whistle Blowing, please contact your HR provider. Please click on HR Support above to access Southwark's HR page.