Register of Information for Governors
It is important that governors and staff act impartially and are seen to act impartially. In May 1996 the Nolan Committee published a report on standards in public life as applicable to local public spending bodies. The report identified seven principles which should be applied in public life. These are selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. One important means by which a self-governing school demonstrates that it is applying these principles is by maintaining detailed information including a register of business, pecuniary and material interests.
The governing body and school staff have a responsibility to avoid any conflict between their business and personal interests and affairs and the interests of the school. A register of business, pecuniary and material interests must be maintained and made readily accessible for all governors, including staff governors and the headteacher. This will help to be transparent the governing body to meet the requirements for withdrawal from meetings as prescribed by law.
The register needs to include:
- Full name of every governor
- All business interests such as directorships, share holdings and other appointments of influence within a business or other organisation which may have dealings with the school.
- Any business interests of relatives and other individuals who may exert influence
- Any personal relationship between governors and with members of staff; including spouses, partners and relatives
- Details of being a Governor at any other educational establishments
- Category and how elected / appointed as a governor
- Specific roles and responsibilities of all governors including Chairs of Committees
The register of information and the membership list for the Haverstock governing body can be found below: