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CODE OF PRACTICE ON LEA SCHOOL RELATIONS by dfhercbml

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									                              BOLTON METROPOLITAN BOROUGH

                        CODE OF PRACTICE ON LEA SCHOOL RELATIONS

            BOLTON CODE OF PRACTICE ON LEA SCHOOL GOVERNOR APPOINTMENTS


1.    INTRODUCTION

      The Bolton Code of Practice on LEA School Governor Appointments was approved by the
      Education and Arts Committee on 16th June, 1999 and the Council on 30th June, 1999.

      This Code has been devised to assist the Local Education Authority to comply with the
      Code of Practice on LEA School Relations. This imposes requirements on LEAs in the way
      they appoint LEA representatives to school governing bodies.

      The appointment of Governors under the Code is subject to a checking process which
      involves completing a Declaration Form and producing proof of identity (see 5.3 below).


2.    PRINCIPLES/PROCESS

2.1   The aim is that in overall terms, LEA governorships should broadly reflect the political
      balance on the Council, subject to:-

      (a)    in the interests of continuity of representation and good relationships with
            schools, governors who have shown a commitment to a school will not
            normally be removed from post immediately following local Council
            elections; (or as a result of any general reconstitution of governing bodies
            stemming from Act of Parliament);

      (b)    in individual schools within a Ward, elected members serving as LEA
            governors may reflect the political representation in the Ward in which the
            school is situated (i.e. there does not have to be for example a 2/1 split in
            all cases).

2.2   A Governor who has been disqualified through non-attendance will not normally be re-
      appointed to the same governing body; a disqualified Governor must give a commitment
      to minimum attendance requirements before a further appointment to any governing
      body is made.

2.3   Where a Party is unable to fill a governorship within a period of two Council cycles, that
      position will become available to the other Parties.

2.4   In the event that after three Council cycles no Party has made an appointment,
      nominations to fill the vacancy will be invited from the Governing Body for consideration
      by the School Governor Appointments Panel (see Section 3 below).

2.5   Where no nomination is received from the Governing Body after one termly meeting, any
      other interested person known to the Department of Education and Culture will be
      considered for appointment by the School Governor Appointments Panel.
3.    THE LEA SCHOOL GOVERNOR APPOINTMENTS PANEL

3.1   All LEA governor appointments are to be made by the School Governor Appointments
      Panel acting under delegated arrangements approved by the Council. The School
      Governor Appointments Panel will normally meet once in each Council cycle.

3.2   Terms of Reference

      In accordance with the principles/process of the Code of Practice for appointing LEA
      School Governors (Section 2 above):-

      (a)   Power to act on behalf of the Education Executive in appointing LEA
            representatives to serve on school governing bodies.

      (b)   Power to act on behalf of the Education Executive in removing LEA
            representatives from school governing bodies.

3.3   Membership of the LEA School Governor Appointments Panel

      Five elected members (or their nominees) - Quorum of three.



4.    CRITERIA/PERSON SPECIFICATION FOR LEA GOVERNOR APPOINTMENTS

4.1   LEA governors will normally be affiliated to the nominating Party or known by the local
      Party members to be sympathetic to the views/policies of the nominating Party.

4.2   Where the Parties are unable to nominate a person under 4.1 above, the post will be
      made available to a “non-political” person, who may be:-
           (a) a person nominated by the Governing Body; or

            (b) an employee of Bolton Metro Borough Council, but not in the
                Education Department;

            (c) any other person who has expressed an interest in serving as
                a governor.

4.3   Persons under 4.1 and 4.2 above may be expected to have some or all of the following:-

            (a) an interest in/knowledge of education matters in general;

            (b) knowledge of/empathy with the school and its community;

            (c) a present/past association with the school;

            (d) an ability to work as a member of a team with the school’s
                interests uppermost;

            (e) easily access the school;

             (f) arrange their diaries so as to fit in with the Governing Body’s
                 meetings and ideally other school events.
5.     MAKING AN APPLICATION

5.1    To apply to be considered for an appointment as an LEA representative, it is necessary to
       complete and return a pro-forma to the Governor Support Unit, P.O. Box 53, Paderborn
       House, Civic Centre, Bolton BL1 1JW. A copy of the pro-forma is available in schools or
       from the LEA’s Governor Support Unit, P.O. Box 53, Paderborn House, Civic Centre, Bolton
       BL1 1JW. Alternatively, you can ring Bolton (01204) 332105 and ask for a copy.

       The information you include on this form will be available only to the LEA School Governor
       Appointments Panel in the first instance. Should the Panel agree to your appointment as a
       governor, the information may be divulged to the Head Teacher and Chair of Governors.

5.2    If you wish to discuss the Bolton Code of Practice with someone in the Governor Support
       Unit, please ring Bolton (01204) 332105/332106/332104.

5.3    It is necessary to draw the attention of all potential new governors to the fact that
       appropriate checks are made to prevent unsuitable people (whether employees or
       volunteers, including governors) from gaining access to children. The pre-appointment
       checks for school governors provide for:-

       Declaration of eligibility
       Any potential new governor (and governors to be re-appointed) are required to sign a
       form to declare that they are not disqualified under the Education (School Government)
       Regulations. This declaration covers any previous convictions, including any that have
       become spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. Applicants will then be checked
       by the LEA against the DfES List 99 (persons who are considered unsuitable to work with
       children and young persons).

       Verification of identity
       As it is important to ascertain that the person is who he or she claims to be, it will be
       necessary after appointment to verify proof of identity.

       Failure to comply with this process will result in the appointment being automatically
       terminated.




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                               BOLTON METROPOLITAN BOROUGH

                      CODE OF PRACTICE ON LEA SCHOOL RELATIONS

          BOLTON CODE OF PRACTICE ON LEA SCHOOL GOVERNOR APPOINTMENTS

PLEASE USE THE ATTACHED FORM TO APPLY TO BE CONSIDERED FOR APPOINTMENT AS AN
LEA SCHOOL GOVERNOR

The attached form has been devised to assist the Local Education Authority to comply with
the Code of Practice on LEA School Relations. This imposes requirements on LEAs in the
way they appoint LEA representatives to school governing bodies. The Bolton Code of
Practice on LEA School Governor Appointments was published in August, 1999, following
approval by the Education and Arts Committee on 16th June, 1999 and the Council on
30th June, 1999.

A copy of the Bolton Code of Practice on LEA School Governor Appointments is attached.
If you wish to discuss the Bolton Code of Practice with someone in the Governor Support
Unit, please ring Bolton (01204) 332105/332106/332104. To apply to be considered for an
appointment as an LEA representative, you need to complete the pro-forma and return it
to the Governor Support Unit, P.O. Box 53, Paderborn House, Civic Centre, Bolton BL1 1JW.
The information you include on this form will be available only to the LEA School Governor
Appointments Panel in the first instance. Should the Committee agree to your appointment
as a governor, the information may be divulged to the Head Teacher and Chair of
Governors.

It is necessary to draw the attention of all potential new governors to the fact that
appropriate checks are made to prevent unsuitable people (whether employees or
volunteers, including governors) from gaining access to children. The pre-appointment
checks for school governors provide for:-

Declaration of eligibility
Any potential new governor (and governors to be re-appointed) are required to sign a
form to declare that they are not disqualified under the Education (School Government)
Regulations. This declaration covers any previous convictions, including any that have
become spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. Applicants will then be checked
by the LEA against the DfES List 99 (persons who are considered unsuitable to work with
children and young persons).
The enclosed Declaration Form must also be returned to the Governor Support Unit.

Verification of identity
As it is important to ascertain that the person is who he or she claims to be, it will be
necessary after appointment to verify proof of identity.

Failure to comply with this process will result in the appointment being automatically
terminated.




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                     THE SCHOOL GOVERNANCE (CONSTITUTION)
                 REGULATIONS 2003 & PRE-APPOINTMENT DECLARATION

Name of Applicant: Mr./Mrs./Miss/Ms./Other ………………………………………………………..
Governor Position applied for (please circle as appropriate): Parent/Community/LEA/Foundation
P.C.C./Foundation Diocesan/Foundation Ex-Officio/Sponsor/Staff* (Teacher or Support) * please
indicate Staff category
School: …..…………………………………………………………………………………………………

Address



Postcode                                      Date of birth

Tel (including STD code) (home)                               (work)


Governor qualifications and disqualifications – Schedule 6 - I declare that:
      I am aged 18 or over at the date on this form;
      I do not already hold a governorship of the same school;
      I am not liable to be detained under the Mental Health Act 1983;
      I am not disqualified on grounds of non-attendance at governing body meetings;
      I am not bankrupt or subject to a disqualification order under the Company Directors Disqualification
       Act 1986 or to an order made under section 429(2)(b) of the Insolvency Act 1986;
      I have not been removed from the office of a charity trustee or trustee for a charity by an order
       made by the Charity Commissioners or the High Court on the grounds of any misconduct or
       mismanagement or, under section 7 of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act
       1990, from being concerned in the management or control of any body;
      I am not included in the list (List 99) of teachers and workers with children or young persons whose
       employment is prohibited or restricted under S.1 of the Children Act 1999; nor am I subject to a
       direction under S.142 of the Education Act 2002; nor am I disqualified under S.28 and S.29 of the
       Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000.
      I am not disqualified from being the proprietor of any independent school or for being a teacher or
       other employee in any school;
      I have not, in the five years prior to or since becoming a governor, been convicted in the U.K. or
       elsewhere of an offence and received a sentence of imprisonment, suspended or not, for a period
       of three months or more without the option of a fine;
      I have not, in the twenty years prior to becoming a governor, been convicted in the U.K. or
       elsewhere of an offence and received a sentence of imprisonment for a period of two and a half
       years or more;
      I have not, at any time, prior to becoming a governor, been convicted in the U.K. or elsewhere of an
       offence and received a sentence of imprisonment for a period of five years or more;
      I have not, in the five years prior to or since becoming a governor, been convicted and fined for an
       offence of nuisance and disturbance on educational premises.
       Signature_______________________________________       Date__________________________
       After completion, please forward to the Governor Support Unit, P.O. Box 53, Paderborn
       House, Civic Centre, Bolton BL1 1JW
Pre-ApptDecForm2003Regs
For office use only


List 99 checked:

Signature: ______________________________________

Date:      ________________________
                                                                         FORM NO.         ___
                                                                         (for office use only)

PLEASE COMPLETE QUESTIONS 1 TO 4 IN CAPITAL LETTERS

(Use an extra page for your answers if necessary)

I wish to be considered for appointment as an LEA school governor representative:

1. SURNAME:

2. FIRST NAME(S):

3. TITLE: (Mr./Mrs./Ms./Miss/Other)

4. ADDRESS: (including postcode):




5. TELEPHONE NO. (Home)
       (Optional) (Work)

6. SCHOOL TO WHICH SEEKING APPOINTMENT:


7. ARE YOU A MEMBER OF A POLITICAL PARTY? IF SO, WHICH?


8. IF YOU ARE NOT A PARTY MEMBER, ARE YOU SYMPATHETIC TO THE VIEWS OR
   POLICIES OF ANY PARTY? IF SO, WHICH?


9. ARE YOU NON-POLITICAL? (YES/NO)


10. WHAT IS YOUR INTEREST IN/EXPERIENCE/KNOWLEDGE OF EDUCATIONAL MATTERS?




11. WHAT IS YOUR INTEREST IN/KNOWLEDGE OF THE SCHOOL?
12. HAVE YOU A PAST OR PRESENT ASSOCIATION WITH THE SCHOOL? IF SO, WHAT IS IT?




13. ARE YOU ABLE TO WORK AS A MEMBER OF A TEAM WITH THE SCHOOL’S INTERESTS UPPERMOST?
    (Please summarise any relevant teamwork experience – this may include experience in voluntary
    work, service in the community, or in employment).




14. ARE YOU AVAILABLE TO ATTEND GOVERNORS MEETINGS/FUNCTIONS AT DIFFERENT TIMES OF THE DAY
    (AND POSSIBLY EVENING)? ARE YOU ABLE TO TRAVEL EASILY TO THE SCHOOL?




15. I HAVE READ THE GROUNDS FOR DISQUALIFICATION FROM BEING A GOVERNOR – I CERTIFY THAT I AM
     NOT DISQUALIFIED ON ANY OF THESE GROUNDS. (APPLICANTS – PLEASE ENSURE DECLARATION FORM IS
     RETURNED).
    I UNDERSTAND THAT, IF MY APPLICATION IS APPROVED, I WILL BE SUBJECT TO A LIST 99 CHECK AND
    VERIFICATION OF IDENTITY.


Signed: _____________________________________

Date:   ______________

Please return this form to the Governor Support Unit, P.O. Box 53, Paderborn House,
Civic Centre, Bolton BL1 1JW




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