Governors' Details and the Register of Interests
Governors hold an important public office and their identity should be known to their school and wider communities. In the interests of transparency, a governing board must publish on its website up-to-date details of its governance arrangements in a readily accessible form.
This should include:
a) the structure and remit of the governing board and any committees, and the full names of the chair of each;
b) for each governor who has served at any point over the past 12 months:
- their full name, date of appointment, term of office, the date they stepped down (where applicable), who appointed them (in accordance with the governing board’s instrument of government/articles of association),
- relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests) including:
- governance roles in other educational institutions.
- any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives); and
- their attendance record for governing board and committee meetings over the last academic year.
Governing boards must also publish this information for their associate members, making clear whether they have voting rights on any of the committees to which they have been appointed.
It is also required that schools publish information relating to each governor (name, appointing body, dates for term of office) in the Governance section of Get Information About Schools. This must be done by the school using its DfE Sign-In account.
Governing boards should make it clear in their code of conduct that this information will be published for each of their governors and any associate members. Any governor failing to provide information to enable the governing board to fulfil its responsibilities may be in breach of the code of conduct and could as a result be bringing the governing board into disrepute. In such cases the governing board should consider sanctioning the governor.