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Governors Code of Conduct

Information on the Governors Code of Conduct

The Local Authority Code of Conduct for School Governors

It is important that all governing bodies agree a Code of Conduct for School Governors. This will ensure that all governors know their responsibility. Governing bodies can write their own or adapt the Local Authority's Code of Conduct.

People who become school governors make a positive contribution by giving time and their experience to help shape the quality of learning in their school. The Governing body will ensure that their school is effectively and efficiently managed.

Individual governors should:

  • Support the aims and objectives of the school and safeguard the interests of the school and the students in the wider community
  • Support and promote appropriate partnership and collaboration with other schools in the are and Local Authority
  • Work co-operatively with governors in the best interest of the school, and attend meetings regularly
  • Acknowledge that differences of opinion may arise in discussion of issues but when a majority decision of the governing body prevails, it should be accepted
  • Base personal views on matters before the governing body on an impartial assessment of the available facts
  • Take due account of the views of parents, pupils, staff and interested parties
  • Acknowledge that the day to day running of the school and implementation of plans and policies of the governing body is the responsibility of the Head teacher and senior managers of the school
  • Understand that an individual governor has the right, only when the Chair and governing body have given their agreement to make statements or express opinions on behalf of the governors
  • Resist any temptation or outside pressure to use the position of governor to benefit himself/herself, other individuals or agencies
  • Declare openly and immediately any conflict of interest arising from a matter before the governors or form any other aspect of governorship
  • Respect the confidentiality of those items of business which the governing body deems to be confidential
  • Take or seek opportunities to enhance his/her effectiveness as a governor through participation in training, development programmes and increasing his/her own knowledge of the school
  • have regard to their broader responsibilities as a governor of a public institution. This will include the need to ensure public accountability for the actions of the governing body


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