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The National Governance 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/trustees/academy committee members, the whole governing board and the executive leaders. 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.
The NGA model has been updated for the 2017/18 academic year. You can download this today but do remember to tailor it to reflect your specific governing board and school structure.
Unlike previous versions we have not produced separate codes for academies and maintained schools, but instead focused on one code that can be used and easily tailored in any school governance setting to be adopted by all.
The NGA model code of conduct is anchored in the Seven Nolan Principles of Public Life:
(Originally published by the Nolan Committee: The Committee on Standards in Public Life was established by the then Prime Minister in October 1994, under the Chairmanship of Lord Nolan, to consider standards of conduct in various areas of public life, and to make recommendations).
If you have any comments or questions on the Code, please send them to Sam.firstname.lastname@example.org
Download the Code of Conduct - Word