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Governors’ Information & Your School Website

Schools must publish on their website up-to-date details of their Governors' Information and this should be in a readily accessible form to meet school website requirements.

Maintained Schools need to publish information on the governing body in line with the constitution of governing bodies of maintained schools statutory guidance.

Academies trusts must publish accessible and up-to-date details of governance arrangements. Find more on what you need to publish about your academy and its board of trustees in the Academies financial handbook (paragraphs 2.49 to 2.50).

Maintained Schools Governors' Information should include the following:

  • details of the structure and responsibilities of the governing body and its committees
  • the full names of the Chair of the governing body and Chair of each committee
  • information about each governor, including their:
  • full name, date of appointment, term of office, the date they stepped down (where applicable)
  • who appointed them (in accordance with the governing body’s instrument of government)
  • relevant business and financial interests including:
  • governance roles in other educational institutions
  • any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors
  • any material interest for school staff (including spouses, partners, and close relatives)
  • attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over the last academic year

You should also publish the same information for associate members. However, you must make it clear whether they have voting rights on any of the committees they belong to.

Academies Governors' Information should include the following:

  • the structure and remit of the members, board of trustees, its committees and local governing bodies, and the full names of the chair of each
  • for each member who has served at any point over the past 12 months: their full names, date of appointment, date they stepped down (where applicable), and relevant business and pecuniary interests including governance roles in other educational institutions
  • for each trustee who has served at any point over the past 12 months: their full names, date of appointment, term of office, date they stepped down (where applicable), who appointed them, and relevant business and pecuniary interests including governance roles in other educational institutions. However, if the accounting officer is not a trustee their business and pecuniary interests must still be published
  • for each trustee who has served at any point over the past 12 months: their attendance records at board and committee meetings over the last academic year
  • for each local governor who has served at any point over the past 12 months: their full names, date of appointment, term of office, date they stepped down (where applicable), who appointed them, and relevant business and pecuniary interests including governance roles in other educational institutions

Further Education and Sixth Form Colleges Governors' Information should include the following:

  • the governing body’s structure and responsibilities
  • details of any committees
  • the names of all governors, including the chair

Similarly, you may wish to just publish your governors’ handbook, which should include all the above information.

Governors' Information in Readily Accessible form

The DfE definition: “Readily accessible means that the information should be on a webpage without the need to download or open a separate document.”

We recommend that you provide your Governors' Information on a specific website page for Governor Information. Therefore, removing the need to download a document. In fact, as this can cause viewing issues. Schudio users have a document group function built into the system that will help you to meet this requirement.

We also recommend that you do not bury any information or documents away but instead make sure they are easily found. Indeed name the information with a title that is relevant to the information being viewed. Similarly, we recommend you use the same language and text that the DfE uses so that time isn’t wasted searching through your site. More importantly, the content needs to be in a format that works well on all types of devices.

Easy to Read Governors' Information

The information you publish needs to be easy to read. Therefore, you need to consider how you will display all this information. For instance, consider sectioning this out into groups. Obligingly Schudio users have a feature called tab groups which is an ideal solution. Hence this is a great way to split the information into bitesize sections while keeping it all on one page.

Easy to Find Governors' Information

Once you have the content it is really important that readers can find what they are looking for. However, this will be different for every school.

Some options for menu titles:

  • Important Information menu
  • Website requirement menu
  • About Us menu

Listed on one of these menus would be a Governor's page/pages.

If your governor information is split into multiple pages it would be useful to have an introductory page. Then this could link to more detailed governor information pages. The introductory page would be an excellent opportunity to explain the role of the governing body. Perhaps the chair of governors could write this page? This is not part of the statutory requirements but will help people to understand what your school governors do.

Governors' Information that meets the statutory requirements

So you have included the above statutory requirements and presented it in a clear well-defined format. What next?

Why not consider trying one or more of the following tips?

Publish a photograph and short bio for each of your governors

Your governor's intro page is usually a good place for this.  Thus giving you the option to view different governor information on pages within this section. Why not take a look at our previous blog post about how to display staff and governor information?

Highlight the active role/s your governors play in the life of your school

Related content is ideal for achieving this. Try tagging a relevant main school news item with the governor tag. This would then display relevant news articles published on your website in the governors' section.

Publish useful information for prospective governors too

This could be useful when you have spaces on your governing body. Additionally when it's time for re-election this could be used as an advert. Equally important is the explanation of the types of governors on your governing body. Of course, this needs to be in an easy-to-understand, education jargon-free way. Moreover, the process for each type of governor to join your school's team is useful.

In conclusion, having more than just the minimum statutory requirements on your governor page. However, to go above and beyond you must first make sure you have met all of the statutory requirements. For more details on this required information make sure you make use of our resources, including our School Website Compliance Guide. Please note that the requirements are slightly different for maintained schools and academies.

Finally, it is important that you read these requirements carefully and in full. For example, when auditing school websites, we often notice that the governor's page is full of content. Subsequently, there will be a small detail of the requirement that is missing. For instance, the requirements specifically state you must publish the full name of each person. We find many schools just use initials and surnames.

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