Mr Squire said: 'I would like to congratulate members of the working group for their hard work in producing such a clear concise document. Their willingness to succeed has achieved results and their time and patience has been amply rewarded. The publication will be an invaluable guide to all governors and headteachers. It gives clear, concise advice to governors on their roles and responsibilities.
'I am delighted to have this opportunity to applaud this excellent example of positive collaboration by governors and headteachers working together and to commend 'Guidance on Good Governance' to all governors and headteachers.
'Schools receive a great deal of information and advice from my Department. This document looks at the process of governance and is all the more valuable because it has been prepared by representatives of those most intimately involved in that process - the governors and heads themselves.'
Chairman of the working group Geoffrey Williams said: 'This is a real landmark. We have a set of principles which have been agreed by the national governor associations and the national bodies which represent heads. The church representatives nationally have also worked to create this agreement. The strength of this document lies in the fact that the bodies represented on the Working Party have signed up to it.'
Copies of the booklet are available from: Department for Education and Employment, Publications Centre, PO Box 6927, London E3 3NZ. Tel 0171 510 0134.