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Use and adapt our code of conduct to set out what you expect from trustees on your board. It covers the expectations of trustees, relationships to others in the school, social media and data protection.

Download our model code of conduct

  • Approved by Forbes Solicitors
  • Designed so you can adapt it to your trust's context
  • Takes account of relevant requirements and good practice

Trustee code of conduct

Tailor the document to reflect:

  • Your scheme of delegation
  • Any other relevant policies that you must follow e.g. social media and IT policies
  • Whether your constitutional documents (i.e. articles of association, funding agreement) set out specific requirements for governance procedures and conduct

Make sure that all trustees read and agree to the code of conduct alongside any other relevant documents or requirements. 

Consider adapting it and setting it across your trust so your local governors sign up to it, too.  

It's not a statutory requirement for you to have a code of conduct, but it is something that the Governance Handbook says you "should" have (see page 38). 

Although there's no required review frequency, Forbes Solicitors recommends that you review and agree the code of

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