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.

NGA’s model code of conduct has been updated for the academic year 2021/22 – read about the changes here.

Download the NGA model code of conduct (MS Word)

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

Download the model code for further advice on how to adopt, review and use your own code of conduct to support effective teamwork.

Further reading

Changes made to the 2021 model code of conduct 

The NGA model code of conduct has been refreshed for 2021. Much of the content is unchanged, however, updates include:

  • The Nolan Principles are now included within the code in full.
  • Three new statements have been added which cover equalities, inclusive practice and the expectation that those governing on academy committees (local governing boards) will abide by their scheme of delegation.
  • New statements are clearly marked to allow for easy review of the updated code.
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