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
- We understand the purpose of the governing body, the role of governors and the role of the headteacher.
- We will observe the Nolan seven principles of public life.
- We accept that all governors have equal status and that although appointed as representative of different bodies, our overriding concern is for the efficient functioning and welfare of the school as a whole.
- We accept that we have no legal authority to act individually, except when the governing body has given us delegated authority to do so.
- We are committed to actively supporting and challenging the headteacher.
- We will encourage open governance and we will act appropriately.
- We will exercise collective responsibility for all decisions made by the governing body or its delegated agents and we will not speak against majority decisions outside of governing body meetings.
- We will encourage the open expression of views at meetings.
- We will only speak on behalf of the governing body when we have been specifically authorised to do so.
- We will act fairly and without prejudice, and in so far as we have responsibility for staff, we will fulfil all that is expected of a good employer.
- We will consider carefully how our decisions may affect the local community and other schools.
- We will always be mindful of our responsibility to maintain and develop the ethos and reputation of our school. Our actions within the school and the local community will reflect this.
- We will observe the framework established by the governing body and agreed with the headteacher when we visit the school.
- We will follow the procedures established by the governing body when responding to any criticism or complaints about or affecting the school.
- We recognise and acknowledge that accepting office as a school governor involves the commitment of significant amounts of time and energy.
- We will participate actively in the work of the governing body and we will accept our fair share of responsibilities, including service on committees or working groups.
- We will make every effort to attend all meetings and where we cannot attend we will explain in advance why we are unable to be present.
- We will get to know the school well and respond to opportunities to involve ourselves in school activities.
- We will review our individual and collective needs for training and development and we will actively participate in any relevant training.
- We will monitor and review the performance of the school and our own performance as a governing body.
- We will strive to work as a team and we will actively promote constructive working relationships.
- We will express our views openly, courteously and respectfully at governing body meetings and we will support the chairperson in fulfilling their role.
- We will seek to develop effective working relationships with the headteacher, school staff, parents and carers, the local authority, other relevant agencies and the local community at large.
- We will establish a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.
- We will ensure that we practice safe recruitment of staff and volunteers working with the children.
- We will observe and follow Central Bedfordshire procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse.
- We will observe complete confidentiality when required to do so by the governing body, especially regarding matters concerning individual staff or students.
- We will exercise the greatest prudence if a discussion of a potentially contentious issue affecting the school arises outside governing body meetings.
- We will, upon ceasing to be a governor, continue to respect the confidentiality expected in this code of conduct.
- We will not reveal the details of how any individual governor votes on any particular matter decided by the governing body.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.