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Schools minister Robin Squire has announced the publication of new editions of the guides to the law for school gov...
Schools minister Robin Squire has announced the publication of new editions of the guides to the law for school governors.

The guides have been revised to include the new requirements of the Education Act 1993. They cover the latest position on special needs and the code of practice, pupil exclusions, arrangements for becoming a grant-maintained school, and health and safety advice.

They include, for the first time, a brief glossary and a list of all the policy statements governing bodies should have in place.

Separate versions of the 1994 guide are being published for: county, controlled and special agreement schools; voluntary-aided schools; grant-maintained schools; and special schools.

Mr Squire said: 'These guides are now widely valued as an essential aid for school governors. The powers and responsibilities of school governors have grown substantially in recent years, with governing bodies playing an increasingly important part at the heart of school life. Understanding the legal requirements which bear on different aspects of governors' work can seem a daunting task.

'The guides to the Law help governors to find their way through. They are an indispensable handbook for anyone with a need to understand the legal basis for the way schools operate, setting it out in clear and simple terms. Every governor should have one.'

They are published free. Distribution of the versions for county, controlled and special agreement schools and for voluntary-aided schools begins today. Versions for grant- maintained and special schools will be sent out in the next few weeks.

Some LEAs have agreed to distribute the guides to their schools and in those cases sufficient copies are being provided for every governor, head and clerk. In local authorities which did not wish to circulate them, the DoE is distributing 10 copies direct to each school.

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