Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct is a very important guide to how we conduct ourselves as governors, and we are committed to holding ourselves to account against the high standards it sets. All Governors are required to confirm every year that they agree to behave and act in accordance with all elements of the Code of Conduct.
It sets out the broad principles by which the governing body and individual governors will operate – under seven headings:
- Our values
- Our role
- Our commitment
- Our development
- Our relationships
- Our conduct
The following is not a definitive statement of responsibilities but seeks to establish broad principles by which the governing body and individual governors will operate. The governing body of Hazelwood Schools accepts the following principles:
- Our overriding concern will be to ensure the well-being, safety and achievement of the children in our schools and to maintain the highest level of trust and confidence of the families served by the schools ;
- We recognize our responsibility to maintain and develop the ethos and reputation of our schools and this will be reflected in our actions in meetings and within the school and community;
- We will always work in ways consistent with the best interests of the schools, its pupils and families & staff, and support its aims and objectives.
- We understand the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and will ensure that that all governors have equal status, although appointed by different groups – e.g. parents/carers, staff, Local Authority (LA);
- We know we must act fairly, providing equal opportunity, and without prejudice, in all matters including our responsibilities as a good employer;
- When exercising our responsibility for the use of public funds and the welfare of the school community, we accept our accountability to pupils, parents/carers, staff, the wider community, and the Local Authority;
- We will encourage open and transparent governance;
- We will consider carefully how our decisions may affect other schools, organisations and people.
Our Role – in close partnership with the school
- We have responsibility for determining, monitoring and keeping under review the strategic direction of the schools and the broad policies, plans and procedures within which the schools operate.
- We have responsibility and accountability for ensuring the best possible outcomes for all of our children in terms of their progress, standards, achievement and well-being – especially the most vulnerable members of our school community.
- We recognise that the Leadership Team is responsible for the implementation of policy, day-to-day management of the schools and the delivery of the curriculum.
- We acknowledge that being an effective governor requires the commitment of very significant time and energy: each member of the governing body will be confident in making that commitment;
- We understand that good communication is essential to fulfilling the role of governor;
- We will each involve ourselves actively in the work of the governing body, attend meetings regularly and prepare beforehand by reading any provided papers, and accept our fair share of responsibilities, including service on committees and working groups;
- We will get to know the schools well and respond to opportunities to involve ourselves in school activities – formally recording our visit on the agreed visit pro-forma.
- We will consider our individual and collective needs for training and development and attend appropriate training;
- We will regularly review our overall effectiveness and put in place plans to improve our performance;
- We will keep under review the skills and expertise we need to be an effective governing body and take account of this knowledge when we recruit new governors;
- We will induct new governors into the role and provide on-going support to ensure their effectiveness.
- We will work as a team and co-operate with each other;
- We will further develop and maintain effective working relationships with the Leadership Team, staff, parents, the LA, and the local community.
- We will observe complete confidentiality when required or asked to do so, especially regarding matters concerning individual staff or pupils;
- As a matter of trust we will not discuss the views of fellow governors with anyone outside our meetings;
- We will use discretion and tact if a potentially contentious issue affecting the schools arises outside the governing body, and we will inform the Chair of Governors.
- We will encourage the open expression of views at meetings, and will respect other views and opinions, but accept collective responsibility for all decisions made by the governing body or its delegated agents;
- We note we have no legal authority to act individually, except when the governing body has given us delegated authority to do so;
- We will speak or act on behalf of the governing body only when we have been specifically authorised to do so;
- In making or responding to criticism or complaints affecting the schools we will follow adopted procedures;
- When visiting the schools we will follow the Hazelwood Schools Governing Body Guide for Governors’ School Visits.