General contacts

Department for Education

Department for Education

Visit the Department for Education (DfE) website for resources and information on government policy. The main Department for Education website hosts a variety of information relevant to governors. 

The DfE has moved some of its website content onto the GOV.UK website

Useful links:

Governors Handbook

Termly letter from DfE: January 2014 Need to Know Information

List of Statutory Policies April 2013



Ofqual is the government agency responsible for regulating: examinations, qualifications and assessments in England.

For more information about Ofqual visit the Ofqual website.



Ofsted regulates and inspects childcare and children's social care. This covers schools, colleges, initial teacher education, work-based learning and skills training, adult and community learning, education and training in prisons and other secure establishments, and the Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service (Cafcass).
The inspection body has no specific pages for governors, but any governing body will want to keep up to date with Ofsted publications and reports. Information and guidance on their inspections and inspection reports can be found on the Ofsted website.
Parent Teachers' Association UK (PTA UK)

Parent Teachers' Association UK (PTA UK)

 The Parent Teachers' Association UK is a national charity for parent teacher  associations and home/school organisations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

PTA-UK works closely with the NGA and has produced a number of briefing notes for governors on the work of the PTAs:

January 2014 briefing

March 2013 briefing

September 2012 briefing

May 2012 briefing

January 2012 briefing

November 2011 briefing

March 2011 briefing

January 2011 briefing

January 2010 briefing

September 2009 briefing

April 2009 briefing

January 2009 briefing


SEND Gateway

The SEND Gateway, is an online portal offering free, easy access to high quality information, resources and training for meeting the needs of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).  While many of the resources are aimed at educational professionals, governors will find some helpful material, particularly in relation to the reforms to SEN.

SEND Gateway website