Support and guidance for schools during COVID-19 (Governance)

Governance has never been more critical, and governors and trustees have continued to provide support and strategic challenge within their schools and trusts. It is important that governing and trust boards continue to support and collaborate with executive leaders and ensure that they are still fulfilling their duties regarding the three core functions of governance as set out in the Governance Handbook.

Governing and trust boards should continue to take a pragmatic approach to meetings. In line with regional or national restrictions, and guidance on social distancing, boards should continue with their alternative meeting arrangements where possible but consider whether a blended approach of face-to-face and virtual meetings would be appropriate. Chairs should be mindful of board members’ personal situations, having open conversations about how they wish to join meetings. No governor or trustee should feel pressurised into attending a meeting on school premises.

The DfE guidance about governors or trustees going into schools has not changed. This can still happen, if considered essential. Schools will need to consider their own risk assessments and how they will protect the health and safety of any visitors, alongside staff and pupils, in line with our guidance, including on-face coverings. If your visits can happen outside of school hours, they should.

The DfE issued its most recent school governance update in March 2021.

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Last Updated: 5 March 2021