Model Code of Practice for all Governors
The Code is not definitive but describes the broad principles by which governors should conduct themselves and their business.
• Governors have a duty to act fairly and without prejudice at all times.
• Governors have responsibility for determining, monitoring and keeping under review, the broad policies, plans and procedures within which the school operates; they should recognise that the head teacher is responsible for the implementation of policy, day-to-day management of the school and operation of the curriculum.
• Insofar as they have, or share responsibility for the employment of staff, governors should fulfil all reasonable expectations of a good employer.
• Governors should consider carefully how their own decisions might affect other schools.
• Governors should be as open in their work as is reasonably possible.
• Being a governor involves giving significant amounts of time and energy to the school. It is greatly appreciated. • All governors should accept a fair share of work and responsibilities, including service on committees and working groups.
• Regular attendance at governor and committee is essential.
• Governors should develop effective working relationships with the head teacher, staff, Diocesan officers, parents, the LA and other relevant agencies, where appropriate.
• Governors should seek to operate as a team in which constructive working relationships are actively promoted.
• Governors should observe complete confidentiality when either required or asked to do so by the governing body, especially in relation to matters concerning individual staff or pupils.
• Although decisions reached at governors’ meetings are normally made public through minutes or otherwise, the discussions on which the decisions were based should be regarded as confidential.
• Governors should exercise the highest degree of prudence when discussion of potentially contentious issues arises outside the governing body.
• Governors should express their views openly within meetings, but accept collective responsibility for all decisions.
• Governors may only speak or act on behalf of the governing body when they have been specifically authorised to do so.
• All visits to the school should be undertaken within a framework that has been established by the governing body and agreed with the head teacher.
• In responding to any criticism or complaints relating to the school, or any person or pupil within it, governors must not act on it themselves but follow the appropriate procedures established by the governing body for the particular circumstance.
• All governors have a responsibility to maintain and develop the Catholic character and reputation of the school in accordance with the provisions of the Trust Deed and Instrument of Government. Their actions both within the school and the wider community it serves should reflect this.
Collegiality and Collective Responsibility
• All governors have a right to state their views on any subject unless they have a vested or pecuniary interest in the matter
• Governors must accept collective responsibility. Once decisions are made all members are bound by them and should respect them whatever their own personal belief. If an individual governor cannot accept and support the majority view they should consider whether they should remain as a member of the governing body.