Instrument of government (statutory)

Instrument of government (statutory)

Applies to

Maintained Schools


The instrument of government is the document that records the name of the school and the constitution of its governing board. The governing board prepares the draft instrument of government and submits it to the local authority to consider whether it complies with the relevant legal requirements. The local authority must supply a copy of the instrument of government to each member of the governing board.


Full governing board. 

Review frequency

The governing board or local authority can review and vary the instrument of government at any time after it is made.

DfE Guidance

The Constitution of Governing Bodies of Maintained Schools – Statutory Guidance – updated May 2014:

Legislation 2012

The School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012 : SI 2012/1034

These Regulations set out the arrangements for the constitution of the governing board of those maintained schools in England that are established on or after 1 September 2012 or whose instrument is changed on or after 1 September 2012.

Legislation 2007:

The School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2007: SI 2007/957.

These Regulations continue to apply to existing governing boards until such time as they reconstitute under the 2012 Regulations, as required by 1st September 2015.

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