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Governance Handbook

The Governance Handbook is used by governors, trustees and those supporting governance as an essential reference guide.

Guidance
07/02/2023
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The Governance Handbook, published by the Department for Education (DfE), sets out roles, responsibilities and legal duties for governing boards in all state schools in England. It also signposts governance resources and support.

The Governance Handbook is used by governors, trustees and those supporting governance as a reference guide to:

  • clarify roles and responsibilities
  • ensure compliance with the law
  • inform governance professional advice
  • highlight good practice
  • support ongoing development

Those governing in an academy trust must also refer to the Academy Trust Handbook.

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