DfE Governance Advice

The DfE advice below is about governing bodies in schools maintained by local authorities and boards of trustees in academies. It explains:

  • their roles and functions
  • their legal duties
  • where they can find support

In schools maintained by local authorities, it applies to:

  • governors
  • headteachers
  • clerks
  • others involved in their governance

In academies, it applies to:

  • members of the academy trust
  • trustees
  • local governors
  • principals
  • clerks
  • others involved in their governance