This Code of Conduct sets out the expectations and commitment required from governors in order for the governing body to properly carry out its work within the school and the community. It can be amended to include specific reference to the aims and ethos of the particular school.
The governing body is the school’s accountable body. It is responsible for the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards. The governing body aims to ensure that children are attending an effective school which provides them with a good education and supports their well-being.
Setting the values, aims and objectives for the school. Agreeing the policy framework for achieving those aims and objectives. Setting statutory targets. Agreeing the school improvement strategy which includes approving the budget and agreeing the staffing structure.
The implementation and effectiveness of the policy framework. Progress towards targets. The implementation and effectiveness of the school improvement strategy. The budget and the staffing structure.
Signing off the school’s own self-evaluation report. Responding to School Improvement Partner and Ofsted reports when necessary. Holding the head teacher to account for the performance of the school. Ensuring parents and pupils are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate. Making information available to the community. Ensuring the well-being of students through robust safeguarding arrangements, including protecting them from extremist views and bullying via social media. Promoting diversity and respect across all cultural mores.
Appointing and performance managing the head teacher, who will deliver the aims through the day to day management of the school, implementation of the agreed policy framework and school improvement strategy and delivery of the curriculum and report appropriately to the governing body. Ensuring fair and transparent recruitment processes. Ensuring breadth and balance in the curriculum and compliance with the requirements for schools to promote social, cultural, moral and spiritual wellbeing of a civilised and peaceful society. Understanding how the school manages the budget and holding the head teacher and other leaders to account for effective management of the school finances.
For governors to carry out their role effectively, governors must be: Prepared and equipped to take their responsibilities seriously. Acknowledged as the accountable body by the lead professionals. Supported by the appropriate authorities in that task; and willing and able to monitor and review their own performance. The role of a governor:
In law the governing body is a corporate body which means:
Selflessness - Holders of public office should take decisions solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family or their friends.
Integrity - Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might influence them in the performance of their official duties.
Objectivity - In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.
Accountability - Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.
Openness - Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands this.
Honesty - Holders of public office have a duty to declare any public interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.
Leadership - Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example. From the ‘Second Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life’, The Nolan Committee, 1996