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National Leaders of Governance (NLG)

Academies Financial Handbook

The Academies Financial Handbook 2020 has recently been published on Please note the HTML version of the AFH 2020 will be updated on 1 September 2020, until this time the webpage will continue showing the AFH 2019 content.

Governance Handbook

The Governance handbook sets out the government’s vision and priorities for effective governance outlining the core role and functions of governing boards. There are two versions – one for academies and one for maintained schools. Updated July 2020.

Competency Framework for Governors

The Competency framework sets out the knowledge, skills and behaviours expected of those who undertake a governance or clerking role. 

Are your school details up to date on gIAS?

Schools need to ensure information is updated in the Get information about schools (GIAS) register. Whilst NLGs can’t update GIAS themselves, there is a “responsible” person at each school that can update the data. Guidance can be found on GIAS itself.
Get information about schools (GIAS) is the Department for Education’s official register of educational establishments in England and Wales. It contains vital information about schools and is the national database of school governors. The data is used by key departmental digital services, data collections, funding calculations and statistical analysis. The contact information held within GIAS is also used to support the promotion of important policy announcements and urgent communications with schools and academy trusts in emergencies. For these reasons, it is essential that all establishments ensure their GIAS record details, including contact information are up to date.