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Phil Reynolds reminds academies to publish required governance information on their websites

Posted by Stephanie Broad | August 27, 2015 | Law, finance, HR

In March, the DfE published new statutory guidance stating schools should publish on their website information about Governors and a register of interests.

For academy schools this is nothing new as this first became a requirement in the 2014 Academies Financial Handbook (effective from 1 September 2014) and was a ‘must’. Since then, the release of the 2015 Academies Financial Handbook (effective from 1 September 2015) has encouraged further publication. The lack of publication represents a breach in your Funding Agreement, so if you haven’t already done so you should ensure this information is published as soon as possible. However, for maintained schools this is a new requirement.

The official statutory guidance can be found here within the document “The constitution of governing bodies of maintained schools” on page nine under the section “Publication of Governor’s Details and the Register of Interests”. As with academy schools, the requirement comes into force from 1 September 2015.  It is worth collating this information now as it can sometimes be time consuming – although it could be argued that all schools should already have this information to hand!

With this in mind, governing bodies should consider undertaking a “school website audit” every year to ensure they are meeting the publication requirements of the DfE on an annual basis.

Phil Reynolds is Audit and Assurance Manager and Academies and Education specialist at Kreston Reeves LLP.  

www.krestonreeves.com    

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