Governor Code of Conduct

Peninsula Learning Trust 

Code of Conduct for Governors

1.The role and purpose of the Local Governing Body 

 1.1    The Trust Board is the Peninsula Learning Trust’s accountable body and is responsible for furthering the objects and vision of the Trust. The Trust believes learning should be enjoyable, purposeful and a preparation for living in modern Britain; and schools should be happy, caring and safe places. A well-informed, supportive and challenging LGB is an essential prerequisite for a successful Academy. Its core purpose is to implement the strategic aims and vision of the Academy through delivery, monitoring and evaluation of progress of the annual improvement plan.

 1.2 The Local Governing Body will: Hold the Headteacher to account for:

 the educational achievement of all students in the Academy including progress and attainment of all groups of students

 the quality of teaching and learning and the curriculum

 standards of behaviour and attendance

 leadership and management: performance management; staff development; safeguarding

 delivery of the budget

Take decisions on pay for all staff in accordance with the Trust pay policy and within the Academy budget.

Produce regular reports to the Board.

2. Corporate governance responsibilities

 The Local Governing Body is a corporate body which means:

 No governor can act individually, except when the LGB has given them delegated authority to do so.

 All governors accept collective responsibility for all decisions made by the LGB and will not speak against majority decisions outside LGB meetings.

 The overriding concern of all governors has to be the welfare of the school as a whole regardless of how they were appointed.

 3.  Application of this Code

 3.1 This Code applies to all Governors of the Trust when exercising any of the Board’s powers delegated to them under the articles.

 3.2 By accepting appointment to their LGB, each Governor agrees to accept the provisions of this Code together with the Trust’s articles of association.

 3.3 Governors will sign the Code annually.

 3.4 The Trust Secretary will be responsible for ensuring that this Code is reviewed annually.

 

 4.  The role and responsibilities of a Governor

 4.1 Commitment 

 We are aware of and will comply with the Nolan Seven Principles of Public Life and the Good Governance Standards for Public Life.

 We will always be mindful of our responsibility to maintain and develop the ethos and reputation of the school. Our actions within the Trust’s schools, the local community and when using social media and email will reflect this.

 In making or responding to criticism or complaints affecting the school we will follow the procedures established by the Trust Board.

 We acknowledge that accepting office as a Governor involves the commitment of significant amounts of time and energy including reading emails and papers, responding to requests, attending meetings and training sessions.

 We are committed to actively supporting and challenging the Chair of the LGB.

 We will get to know the school well and respond to opportunities to involve ourselves in school activities.

  We agree to undergo an enhanced disclosure DBS Check and will resign from the LGB immediately if any convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings are disclosed which conflict with our role as a Governor of the school. 

 

4.2 Relationships 

 We will strive to work as a team in which constructive working relationships are actively promoted.

 We will express views openly, courteously and respectfully in all our communications with other Governors.

 We will support the Chair in their role of ensuring appropriate conduct both at meetings and at all times.

 We will seek to develop effective working relationships with the Headteacher and staff, governors and the community, other trusts and relevant agencies. 

 

4.3 Confidentiality 

 We will observe complete confidentiality when matters are deemed confidential or where they concern specific members of staff or pupils.

  We will exercise the greatest prudence at all times when discussions regarding school business arise outside a LGB meeting. Official statements to the media should go through the Chair of the Trust or the CEO.

 We will not reveal the details of any LGB vote.

 

4.4 Conflicts of Interest

 We will follow the principles and procedures laid out in the Trust’s Conflicts of Interest policy.

 We will act in the best interests of the Trust as a whole and not as a representative of any group or school.

 

4.5 Change of circumstances

 We will inform the Clerk to the LGB as soon as possible should any changes to our circumstances occur during our term as a Governor, including if:

 - there are any changes to the interests which have been declared - we become, or cease to be, a company director, board member or trustee of another company or charity - we move house.

5.Breach of this Code

5.1 Every Governor is under a duty to report any breach of this Code or any grounds for believing that a breach of the Code has occurred to the chair (and if the allegation is about the Chair, to the Vice Chair).

 5.2 Failing to report a breach of the Code is itself a breach of this Code.

 5.3 Any breach of this Code will be treated extremely seriously by both the LGB and the Trust and may result in suspension or removal from the LGB.

 5.4 In the event of a breach of this Code each Governor agrees to participate fully in any investigations procedure instigated by the Board or LGB and to abide by any sanction that may be imposed on them by the Board or LGB for such breach.

 

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Trust Board of the Peninsula Learning Trust adopted this Code of Conduct on 23 April 2015. 

 

 

Undertaking: I agree to abide by this Code of Conduct. As a member of the Local Governing Body I will always have the well-being of the children and the reputation of the school at heart; I will do all I can to be an ambassador for the school, publicly supporting its aims, values and ethos; I will never say or do anything publicly that would embarrass the school, the Local Governing Body, the Head or staff.

 

 

Signed: ...................................................................................................................... 

 

 

Printed name: ............................................................................................................

 

 

Date: ..........................................................................................................................