Model Code of Conduct

The National Governors’ Association has for a number of years recommended that governing boards adopt a code of conduct which sets out the purpose of the governing body and describes the appropriate relationship between individual governors, the whole governing body and the leadership team of the school. We recommend that the code should be thoroughly discussed so that the whole governing board has ownership of it, and, once it has been adopted, the governors should be asked to review it and sign it, on an annual basis ideally at the first meeting in the autumn term.

We know that many governing boards do already have a code of conduct and indeed ours has been based on a number of codes already in use as well as practice from other sectors. However there are also many governing bodies which do not yet have a code of conduct and the NGA wants to help spread this good practice. Each governing board may want to tailor this recommended code to their own situation, but this gives them a starting point which is built on the best practice from around the country.

Unlike previous versions we have not produced separate codes for academies and maintained schools, but instead focused on one code that can be adopted by all. There is no need to review your code in line with our new version, which represents a more succinct version rather than a radical change.

If you have any comments or questions on the Code, please send them to

Download the Code of Conduct - Word

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