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Understanding governance

Here you will find a wealth of information, useful for both those new to the role and for those with experience. Information is always being updated as we respond to the ever-changing educational landscape. Governance principles Includes key functions , the law , constitution, the Instrument of Government , financial duties and indemnity Types of school Maintained schools, academies, MATs etc. Types of governor There are many different types of governor, including staff, parent, LA and foundati…

Unique Pupil Numbers (UPNs)

A Unique Pupil Number (UPN) is a number that identifies each pupil in England uniquely . A UPN is allocated to each pupil according to a nationally specified formula on first entry to school (or in some cases earlier), and is intended to remain with the pupil throughout their school career regardless of any change in school or local authority (LA). A similar compatible system has been introduced for learners in maintained schools in Wales. Independent schools are not required to issue UPNs for…

Use of reasonable force

Background Non-statutory advice from the Department for Education is intended to provide clarification on the use of force to help school staff feel more confident about using this power when they feel it is necessary and to make clear the responsibilities of Headteachers and Governing boards in respect of this power. Governing boards are advised to: consider the guidance on developing a school policy on the use of force to control, or restrain pupils develop the school's own policy in consulta…

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