Getting to grips with governance in the initial stages is not an easy task so here is some useful information to help you get started.

Child Protection Guidance for all Governors in Bucks

Bucks County Council Safeguarding team ensure governors are provided with the most up to date information as possible.

Safeguarding toolkit

Safeguarding toolkit governor resources (includes a safeguarding checklist for new governors).

The Guidance for Governors document outlines the governing board’s responsibilities in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. This replaces any previous information given to governors.

Buckinghamshire County Council is committed to supporting governors. Comprehensive programmes of support and development are available to ensure that you have the skills and knowledge you need to make a contribution to the work of your governing board. Contact for more information.

So what happens next?

  • Declaration Form. Please fill in and return a copy to ensure we have your details for communications, can fulfill our legal obligation to monitor activities by ethnicity, disability and gender to ensure we are promoting race equality and eliminating discrimination on the grounds of disability and gender and have written confirmation that NONE of the disqualifying characteristics under the School Governance Regulations 2012 (Qualifications and Disqualifications - regulation 17 and Schedule 4 to the Regulations) applies to you. 
  • Members of staff and school governors are forbidden from being involved in decision making relating to the purchases by the school of goods and services from themselves, their relatives or any organisation in which they or those close to them have significant interest.  The school is required to maintain a register of such interests.

Information to get you started

New Governor – What next?

Expectations of/from Governing Boards

The DfE Governance Handbook and the new Competency Framework for Governance can be found on our Governance Principles page

View policies, procedures and guidance on a full range of subjects

Understand more about your role in safeguarding (Bucks County Council)

Groups and associations

Bucks Association of School Governors

National Governors’ Association

The Department for Education (DfE)

OFSTED (Office for Standards in Education) and Parent view


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