The documents and links on this page are from various sources including the DfE, LA, NGA and Ofsted.

All contain information we regard as helpful or useful to governors; particularly changes to laws or procedures. However, some Policy documents such as the Primary Vision are aspirational. They give governors an indication of the LA's or DfE's thinking and preferrred course of action but are not always carried through to action.

What governors might expect from inspections - new videos from Ofsted

This link takes you to three short videos from Ofsted on what governors might expect from inspections. 

Updated Statutory guidance: SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 years

Guidance on the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system for children and young people aged 0 to 25, from 1 September 2014. Replaces version which expired on March 31st 2014.


Statutory guidance: SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 years

1 May, 2015 at 10:23am

Social Media Advice

CSF social media recommendations.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [217.2 KB]



The increasing number of people using social networking sites has had both a positive and adverse effect on the reputation of schools in local communities.

 This document offers guidance in cases where parents and members of the public use social networking sites to criticise schools or make malicious comments about individual members of staff or decisions that have been taken by the headteacher.

Schools can obtain advice on these issues from their area schools officer, the Surrey County Council schools solicitor and/or the Surrey County Council education safeguarding advisor – contact details are given within the document.

The Surrey County Council model complaints guidance for schoolsacademies and parents has been updated to include a reference to this new document.

Updated Governors' Handbook launched

Updated Governors' Handbook - published May 2014
Just updated by the DfE.
Governors' Handbook Jan 2014.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [773.1 KB]

"I know you're a Governor but what do you do?"

School governors control more than 80bn of public money, yet 82% of the population don’t know what they do
There are more than 300,000 school governors in the UK, all of whom volunteer their time free of charge.
SGOSS - School governors control more th[...]
Microsoft Word document [47.5 KB]

The National College - offering new resources for governors

On 1 April 2013, the National College merged with the Teaching Agency to become the National College for Teaching and Leadership.


The new agency has two key aims: improving the quality of the workforce; and helping schools to help each other to improve. NCTL now covers training and information for governors.


This link is to direct governors to another useful resource.

Improving Governance - a new resource from Ofsted
This new powerpoint presentation on improving governance can be used as an aid to to reflect on the effectivemness of the governing body.
Improving Governance.pps
Microsoft Power Point presentation [2.1 MB]
Inspecting Safeguarding Briefing - Jan 2013
Inspecting safeguarding briefing[...]
Microsoft Word document [690.0 KB]
New Advice on Health & Safety - Dec 2012
DfE - New advice on HS.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [341.2 KB]
Changes to Disclosure & Barring - September 2012
Changes toDisclosure Barring.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [314.5 KB]

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