NGA Model Code of Conduct 2019 - final version word 

Effective boards set out clearly what they expect of individuals, particularly when they first join. A code of conduct should be maintained and communicated to all prospective appointees to set clear expectations of their role and behaviour. Explicit agreement to the code of conduct will mean there is a common reference point should any difficulties arise in the future. The NGA model code of conduct aims to help boards draft a code of conduct which sets out the purpose of the board and describes the appropriate relationship between individuals, the whole board and the leadership team of the school".

Department for Education (DfE) governance handbook for academies, multi-academy trusts and maintained schools - March 2019

About the NGA model code of conduct 2019

The NGA model code of conduct remains anchored in the Seven Nolan Principles of Public Life: selflessness; integrity; objectivity, accountability; openness; honesty and leadership. The 2019 version has been strengthened by the inclusion of the Framework for Ethical Leadership in Education to help school leaders take difficult decisions. The NGA model code of conduct can be tailored to reflect your specific governing board and school structure. 

Once approved by the governing board, the Code will apply to all governors/trustees/academy committee members. 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/trustees/academy committee members should be asked to review and agree it, on an annual basis ideally at the first meeting in the autumn term.

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

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