School effectiveness

Governance handbook and new competency frameworks

Latest version of governance handbook and competency framework for governance was released in January 2017. The clerking competency framework was 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 Thursday 12 January 2017, 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 responsibilities for those governing, including legal duties. It also acts as a sign post for governance resources.

Summary of key changes (NGA.ORG.UK)

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

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: 14 Aug 2017