A maintained school is required to have a governing body and an instrument of government that sets out its constitution.

The governing body can be configured to suit the school’s individual requirements, but must conform with government requirements about its composition.

This topic covers the legal constitution, status, structure and membership of a governing body. Related information can be found in the Functions of the Governing Body and Procedures of the Governing Body topics. Information about governance in federated schools can be found in the Federations and Governance topic.

Governors training is covered in the procedures topic.

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