School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances)(England) Regulations 2013 take effect from 1 September 2013

30 Aug

The School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances) (England) Regulations 2013 took effect from 1 September 2013.   The regulations, which can be seen here, replace three existing sets: the Procedure Regulations, the Terms of Reference Regulations and the Allowance Regulations.

In the main, the regulations mirror what has been previous practice.  However, the following is worth noting.

(1)        The governing body is free to determine the date on which the terms of office of the chair and vice chair will end.   It is important to specify this in the minutes of the meeting at which they are appointed.  [See Regulation 7(2).]

(2)        A governor who is paid to work at the school or who is a pupil at the school is not eligible to be the chair or vice chair of the governing body at that school. [See Regulation 7(3).]

(3)        The governing body may approve alternative arrangements for governors to participate or vote at meetings of the governing body including but not limited to telephone or video conferencing.   [See Regulations 14(8).]  This is very welcome as there are often compelling reasons why governors may not be able to attend meetings albeit they are keen to participate in the discussions and decision-making process.  The regulation also recognises the value of new forms of communication – especially via cyberspace.

The National Governors’ Association (NGA) – see here – plans to produce guidance and a question-answer paper on the regulations which will be available to its members.

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