Links to relevant guidance and resources for governors of local-authority-maintained schools.

Statutory guidance and requirements

The links and documents below explain the policies that local-authority-maintained schools must follow by law and their funding agreement.

Not all statutory guidance is in included this section as some links are listed under their relevant topic below. A list of statutory guidance for schools is available in the Schools: statutory guidance collection.

Safeguarding, SEND and pupil wellbeing

School admissions and attendance

Governance duties, skills, behaviours and knowledge

Governance of Federations

Financial governance

Guidance, advice and tools to help schools manage and improve their resource management.

External reviews of governance

Recruitment and professional development

Guidance on the support, recruitment and development services available to governors through contracted providers.

Sex and relationship education


Use of data

Converting to academy status

School behaviour

Alternative provision

Teachers’ pay

Newly qualified teachers

School and pupil performance


National curriculum

School food

Data and information protection

Information published on school websites

School complaints

Capability of staff

Early years foundation stage statutory framework (EYFS)

Published 17 September 2019
Last updated 8 October 2020 + show all updates

  1. Added ‘Governance structures and roles’.

  2. Added ‘NLG advisory group: reform recommendations’ to ‘External reviews of governance’ section.

  3. First published.