Model code of conduct

Effective boards clearly set out what they expect of members, particularly when they first join. All governing boards should adopt a code of conduct which details the behaviour and professional standards required. The NGA model code of conduct was updated in August 2020.

NGA model code of conduct

How to use the NGA model code of conduct

The 'how to' guide includes suggestions for ongoing board development and teamwork.

The model code of conduct is suitable for boards in all types of school or trust but should be adapted to reflect:

  • your specific governing board and school structure

  • your board’s delegated responsibilities

  • policies and procedures that your individual school or trust must follow

Further reading

About the 2020 update

The NGA model code of conduct has been refreshed for 2020. However, the core content and substance are unchanged from 2019. Updates include:

  • The model code of conduct has been reformatted to allow for easier adaptation.

  • The code continues to draw upon Nolan’s principles of public life but has been clarified to ensure accessibility for all levels of governance.

  • The guide which accompanies the model code is new for 2020 and includes suggestions to help boards use their code of conduct to support teamwork and development.

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