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Code of Conduct

The Governing Body of Langley Moor Primary School has adopted the following principles and procedures:

General

  • We have responsibility for determining, monitoring and keeping under review the broad policies, plans and procedures within which the school operates
  • We recognise that the Headteacher is responsible for the implementation of policy day-to-day management of the school and the implementation of the curriculum
  • We accept that all Governors have equal status and although appointed by different groups (ie. parents, staff, LA, community) our overriding concern for the welfare of the school as a whole
  • We have no legal authority to act individually, except when the Governing Body has given us delegated authority to do so
  • We have a duty to act fairly and without prejudice, and in so far as we have responsibility for staff, we will fulfil all that is expected of a good employer
  • We will encourage open government and will act appropriately
  • We will consider carefully how our decisions may affect other schools

Commitment

  • We acknowledge that accepting office as a Governor involves the commitment of significant time and energy
  • We will involve ourselves actively in the work of the Governing Body, attend regularly and accept our fair share of responsibilities, including service on Committee or Working Groups
  • We will get to know the school well and respond to opportunities to involve ourselves in school activities
  • We will consider seriously our individual and collective needs for training and development

Confidentiality

  • We will observe complete confidentiality when required or asked to do so especially regarding matters concerning individual staff or students
  • We will exercise the greatest prudence if a discussion of a potentially contentious issue affecting the school arises outside the Governing Body

Relationships

  • We will strive to work as a team
  • We will seek to develop effective working relationships with the Headteacher, staff and parents, the LA and other relevant agencies and the community

Conduct

  • We will encourage the open expression of views at meetings, but accept collective responsibility for all decisions made by the Governing Body or its delegated agents.  This means that we will not speak out against the majority decisions in public (or private) outside the Governing Body
  • We will only speak or act on behalf of the Governing Body when we have been specifically authorised to do so
  • In making or responding to criticism or complaints affecting the school we will follow the procedures established by the Governing Body
  • Our visits to school will be undertaken within a framework established by the Governing Body and agreed with the Headteacher
  • In discharging our duties we will always be mindful to maintain and develop the ethos and reputation of our school

 

The Seven Principles of Public Life

 

(Originally published by the Nolan Committee)

 

Selflessness - Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends.

 

Integrity - Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties.

 

Objectivity - In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.

 

Accountability - Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.

 

Openness - Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.

 

Honesty - Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.

 

Leadership - Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.

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