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Governance handbook and new competency frameworks

The latest version of the governance handbook was released in March 2019. The Competency framework for governance and the Clerking competency framework were released in April 2017.

Together they form a trio of resources that set high expectations for the role and functions of governance.

Governance handbook and competency framework

On Friday 22 March 2019, the Department for Education (DfE) released its latest edition of the governance handbook (GOV.UK).

This handbook is an essential resource for governors and trustees as it outlines the roles and duties of governing boards and the advice on the skills, knowledge and behaviours they need to be effective. It also acts as a sign post for governance resources.

The intention of this update is to be a light-touch policy and legislative update, including clarifying areas where the DfE felt further explanation was required.

There is a section within the document titled, What has changed in this edition? to highlight the main changes to this edition.

The handbook is structured around the DfE’s newly identified “six features of effective governance” developed alongside the new competency framework for governance (GOV.UK) released in January 2017.

Governing boards will be advised by the DfE to identify the skills they need having regard to the competency framework for governance. The purpose of this non statutory guidance is to set out the skills, behaviours and knowledge needed for effective governance.

Clerking competency framework

The clerking competency framework (GOV.UK) sets out the competencies required to deliver professional clerking in local authority (LA) maintained schools, federations, single academy trusts (SATs) and multi-academy trusts (MATs).

The purpose of this non statutory guidance is to demonstrate the importance of professional clerking and the breadth and depth of knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to deliver it.

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Last updated: 25 Mar 2019