Governance handbook and competency framework

Resources for non-executive directorslearn what makes a good multi-academy trust
learn what makes a good multi-academy trust

The Department for Education has published its guidance on the roles and duties of school governors and academy trusts. Proving good advice on the skills and knowledge that governing boards need. Essential reading to help strengthen your multi-academy trust board.

Governing boards have a significant degree of autonomy in our increasingly schoolled system. They are the vision setters and strategic decision makers for their schools. They play a vital role in ensuring the best possible education that takes every child as far as their talents allow. Crucially, that means creating robust accountability for executive leaders by using and being familiar with objective data on the performance of pupils, teachers and finances to ask the right questions. It means ensuring resources are allocated to strategic priorities and safeguarding the highest standards of financial propriety – for example on executive pay and expenses and on related party transactions. It also means ensuring that schools prepare pupils for life and the workplace and implementing their Prevent duty and promoting fundamental British Values to protect them from the risks of extremism and radicalisation.

You can download the free guide here: ​

You can find more information and guidance on the Department for Education's website