Ivel Valley School

Governing Body

Governor Code of Conduct

In applying and being elected or appointed to serve as governors of Ivel Valley School, we collectively and individually accept, agree and undertake that:

Role and Responsibilities

Conduct

Commitment

Relationships

Safeguarding

Confidentiality

Conflicts of Interest

We will declare and record any pecuniary or material interest that we may have in connection with the governing body’s business.

We will declare any personal or pecuniary interest in any matter under discussion at any governing body meeting and, if required by the members, we will withdraw from the meeting whilst the matter is under discussion and not participate in any vote.

Transparency

In the interests of transparency, we accept that our names, dates and details of our appointment and roles on the governing body, attendance records, relevant business and pecuniary interests and the body responsible for appointing us will be published on the school’s website.

In the interests of transparency, we accept that such personal information required by the Secretary of State in accordance with the provisions of section 538 of the Education Act 1996 will be collected and lodged on the DfE’s national database of governors (EduBase).

Disqualification

We are aware of the provisions of regulation 17 and Schedule 4 of the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012, which set out the circumstances in which a person is qualified for, or disqualified from, holding or continuing in office as a governor; and the amplifying statutory guidance given in annex A, section C3 of the DfE publication “The Constitution of Governing Bodies of Maintained Schools – statutory guidance for governing bodies of maintained schools and local authorities in England” dated September 2016.

We undertake to notify the clerk without delay if any circumstances arise which would render us disqualified from continuing in the office as a school governor of Ivel Valley School.

Breaches of the Code of Conduct

We understand that any allegation of a material breach of this code of conduct by any governor may be raised at a full meeting of the governing body and, if agreed to be substantiated by a majority of governors present, shall be entered in the record of the meeting.

We are aware of the provisions of regulations 22 to 24 of the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012, which pertain to the removal of governors from the governing body and the amplifying statutory guidance given in Annex A, sections C4 and C5 of the DfE publication “The Constitution of Governing Bodies of Maintained Schools – statutory guidance for governing bodies of maintained schools and local authorities in England” dated September 2016.

Adopted by the governing body of Ivel Valley School at a meeting on 10 May 2017.

 

Principles of Public Life

From the Second Report of The Committee on Standards in Public Life published by the Nolan Committee.

Selflessness

Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends.

Integrity

Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties.

Objectivity

In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.

Accountability

Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.

Openness

Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.

Honesty

Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.

Leadership

Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.

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