In March this year, new statutory guidance from the DfE regarding the constitution of governing bodies was published:
The constitution of governing bodies of maintained schools – Statutory guidance for governing bodies of maintained schools and local authorities in England
(Statutory guidance being that which must be complied with!)
This included guidance about the information which should be published about governors on the school website. In addition, from September 1st it will be a requirement for governors to publish a register of their interests on the school website. Here are the relevant details from the DfE guidance:
Extract of relevant paragraphs (page 9)24. Governors hold an important public office and their identity should be known to their school and wider communities. Governing bodies should therefore publish on their website information about their members. The information they should publish should, as a minimum include for each governor:
- their name
- their category of governor
- which body appoints them
- their term of office
- the names of any committees the governor serves on; and
- details of any positions of responsibility such as chair or vice-chair of the governing body or a committee of the governing body
25. Governing bodies should also publish this information for associate members, making clear whether they have voting rights on any of the committees they serve on.
26. From 1 September 2015, governing bodies will be under a duty to publish on their website their register of interests. The register should set out the relevant business interests of governors and details of any other educational establishments they govern. The register should also set out any relationships between governors and members of the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives.