We believe this policy should be a working document that is fit for purpose, represents the school ethos, enables consistency and quality across the school and is related to the following legislation:
Education Act 1996
Local Government Act 2000
Parent Governor Representatives (England) Regulations 2001
Education Act 2002
Education (Governors’ Allowances) Regulations 2003
Education Act 2005
Government of Maintained Schools (Wales) Regulations 2005
Education and Inspections Act 2006
School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2007
School Governance (Federations) (England) Regulations 2007
School Governance (Parent Council) (England) Regulations 2007
School Governance (Procedures) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2007
Equality Act 2010
Education Act 2011
School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances) (England) Regulations 2013
School Governance (Constitution and Federations) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014
The following documentation is also related to this policy:
Governors' Handbook: For Governors in Maintained Schools, Academies and Free Schools (DfE)
The Constitution of Governing Bodies of Maintained Schools: Statutory Guidance for Governing Bodies of Maintained Schools and Local Authorities in England (DfE)
Equality Act 2010: Advice for Schools (DfE)
Race Disparity Audit - Summary Findings from the Ethnicity Facts and Figures Website (Cabinet Office)
We are aware that school governors provide a voluntary service and cannot be paid for their role as a governor. However, they can receive out of pocket expenses to cover travel costs or childcare costs incurred as a result of fulfilling their role as governor.
We ensure payments will only be paid to enable a governor to perform his/her role. Payments will not be paid to cover loss of earnings for attending meetings. All travel expenses will be paid at a rate not exceeding the current HM Revenue and Customs approved mileage rates.
We ensure that all other expenses will be paid on provision of a receipt and be limited to the amount shown on the receipt.
We have agreed that the governors will be able to claim for the following allowances if they are incurred in carrying out their duties by submitting a claim form to the Bursar/School Business Manager on a termly basis:
Childcare / babysitting expenses
Care arrangements for an elderly or dependent relative
Support for governors with special needs
Support for governors whose first language is not English
Travel to meetings / governor training
Travel and subsistence costs to national meetings and training events
Accommodation where reasonable and agreed by the Chair of Governors
We have appointed an independent auditor to undertake an annual audit of all claims. All claims will be monitored by the Bursar/School Business Manager with frequent or excessive claims being referred to the Chair of Governors who will discuss the issue with the claimant.
We believe that paying governors’ allowances is important in ensuring equality of opportunity for any member of the local community who wishes to serve as a school governor.
We as a school community have a commitment to promote equality. Therefore, an equality impact assessment has been undertaken and we believe this policy is in line with the Equality Act 2010.
We all have a responsibility to ensure equality permeates into all aspects of school life and that everyone is treated equally irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. We want everyone connected with this school to feel safe, secure, valued and of equal worth.
We acknowledge the findings of the Race Disparity Audit that clearly shows how people of different ethnicities are treated across the public services of health, education, employment and the criminal justice system.
The educational section of the audit that covers: differences by region; attainment and economic disadvantage; exclusions and abuse; and destinations, has a significant importance for the strategic planning of this school.
We believe it is essential that this policy clearly identifies and outlines the roles and responsibilities of all those involved in the procedures and arrangements that is connected with this policy.
Role of the Governing Body
Delegated powers and responsibilities to the Headteacher to ensure all school personnel and stakeholders are aware of and comply with this policy;
responsibility for ensuring that the school complies with all equality’s legislation;
nominated a designated Equalities governor to ensure that appropriate action will be taken to deal with all prejudice related incidents or incidents which are a breach of this policy;
responsibility for ensuring funding is in place to support this policy;
responsibility for ensuring this policy and all policies are maintained and updated regularly;
responsibility for ensuring all policies are made available to parents;
nominated a link governor to:
visit the school regularly;
work closely with the Headteacher;
ensure this policy and other linked policies are up to date;
ensure that everyone connected with the school is aware of this policy;
attend training related to this policy;
report to the Governing Body every term;
annually report to the Governing Body on the success and development of this policy.
responsibility for the effective implementation, monitoring and evaluation of this policy.
Role of the Headteacher
The Headteacher will working in conjunction with the Senior Leadership Team ensure all school personnel, pupils and parents are aware of and comply with this policy;
authorise all submitted claims before reimbursement;
ensure all claims are monitored by the Bursar/School Business Manager with frequent or excessive claims being referred to the Chair of Governors who will discuss the issue with the claimant;
ensure all records of governor claims are submitted for the annual audit;
work closely with the link governor;
provide leadership and vision in respect of equality;
provide guidance, support and training to all staff;
monitor the effectiveness of this policy by speaking with governors;
annually report to the Governing Body on the success and development of this policy.
Allowances – specific categories
With the approval of the Governing Body, governors may claim for the following:
Childcare or babysitting allowances (excluding payments to a current or former spouse or partner);
Cost of care arrangements for an elderly or dependent relative (excluding payments to a current or former spouse or partner).
Additional costs incurred because:
they have special needs;
English is not their first language.
Travel (which must not exceed those permitted by the current HM Revenue and Customs approved mileage rates) to meetings (other than termly governors’ and committee meetings held at the school) and training, including accommodation and subsistence costs, where deemed appropriate and agreed by the Chair of Governors;
Other costs such as:
Telephone charges relating to school business and governance;
Governors will not be:
paid attendance allowance;
reimbursed for loss of earnings
The following procedure must be adhered to when making a claim:
Claims must be made on the appropriate claims form.
All receipts must be attached to the form.
All forms must be returned to the School within two weeks of the date when allowances were incurred.
All claims will be submitted to the Finance Committee for approval.
All claims will subject to an independent audit.
Excessive claims will be investigated.
We ensure all school governors have equal chances of training, career development and promotion.
Periodic training will be organised for all school governors so that they are kept up to date with new information and guidelines concerning equal opportunities.
Training will be provided by an accredited trainer that deals with:
Instrument of Government
Register of Business Interests
Induction of New Governors
Equality Impact Assessment
Under the Equality Act 2010 we have a duty not to discriminate against people on the basis of their age, disability, gender, gender identity, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation.
This policy has been equality impact assessed and we believe that it is in line with the Equality Act 2010 as it is fair, it does not prioritise or disadvantage any pupil and it helps to promote equality at this school.
Monitoring the Implementation and Effectiveness of the Policy
The practical application of this policy will be reviewed annually or when the need arises by the Headteacher and Chair of Governors.
A statement of the policy's effectiveness and the necessary recommendations for improvement will be presented to the Governing Body for further discussion and endorsement.
This policy will be reviewed when required.
Lee Burnell Michelle Kidwell
Headteacher Chair of Governors