Statutory duties for school governors

Procedures for school governors

Governing bodies are expected to carry out procedures in accordance with School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances (England) Regulations 2013.

They are advised to have a standing orders document in place that gives a framework for discharging statutory duties and adapt the London Co-ordinators of Governor Services (LCOGS) Standing Orders Template.


View the COVID-19 guidance for school governors and training programme.

Clerks toolkit

An overview of the main duties that clerks undertake and a sample job description and person specification can be found in the Clerks toolkit.

Governor recruitment

Governing bodies and local authorities are responsible for ensuring that governor appointment and election procedures are robust and transparent. Guidance on carrying out governor appointments and elections is featured in the Governor recruitment toolkit.

Skills audits for governors

Skills audits should be carried out on a regular basis by governors. You can view a sample audit by the National Governors Association.

School complaints

Governing bodies should have a school complaints policy in place to ensure that complaints are dealt with in a timely and structured way. Please refer to the DfE guidance on handling complaints.

School governor visits  

To carry out the monitoring and evaluating, the governor should follow a schedule during the school year and make structured visits. All governing bodies should have a protocol for conducting school visits and have a governor visits policy.    

Ofsted inspection framework

All schools in England are inspected by Ofsted. The Ofsted framework for school inspection should be used as a key reference document for all governing bodies. It sets out how the general principles and processes of inspection are applied to maintained schools and several other types of school in England. View the Ofsted framework for school inspection.

General templates

The templates below should be completed by all governors and submitted to the Clerk to the Governing Body: