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The role of governors

The Governance Handbook provides information about the role and legal duties of governing boards in maintained schools and academies (including free schools).

The Governance Handbook can be downloaded from the Department for Education (DfE) website .

The three core functions of governors are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

Governors have particular responsibilities with regard to safeguarding.

See Safeguarding Children Board page for further information.