Advice on the policies and documents that governing bodies and proprietors of schools are required to have by law.

You can find a copy of the document here.



The Department for Education has issued advice on the standards for planning and providing food in schools.

This advice from DfE is for governing bodies of:

  • all local authority maintained schools
  • pupil referral units
  • academies that opened prior to 2010
  • academies and free schools with agreed funding from June 2014
  • non-maintained special schools

The Department for Education (DfE) has published a revised version of the Governors' Handbook. There is a full list of amendments in the Handbook itself as Annex I on p117.

The changes include:

  • A more detailed explanation of governors' duties in relation to setting an appropriate ethos for the school in keeping with fundamental 'British values' in light of Trojan Horse inquiries.
  • New section on whistleblowing policy
  • New sections on the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012 and School Governance (Federations) (England) Regulations 2012. 
  • Information relating to universal infant free school meals
  • An emphasis on a more skills focussed approach when recruiting governors with the suggestion that prospective governors are interviewed and oral references obtained

You can find a copy of the hadbook here.