During the last few years the roles and responsibilities of school governors have both increased and developed as new legislation has been introduced. The emphasis of the legislation and statutory guidance has been to move from the concept of governors as representatives of particular groups within the school community to all governors acting in the best interest of all children in the school. Governors are now appointed for their skills and expertise.
Statutory guidance has been issued by the Department for Education (DFE) under the following statutes:
- The School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012
- The School Governance (Federations) (Constitutions) (England) 2012
- The Constitution of governing bodies of maintained schools September 2016
The Local Authority governor's status was altered under these regulations. The local authority can currently nominate any eligible person to the governing board and the governing board now decide whether the nominee has the skills to contribute to the effective governance of the school. The appointment of the LA governor is therefore the responsibility of the governing board.
The information contained on this page outlines the process for the local authority governor application and nominations.