What is an Authority Governor?

This is the new name for a governor appointed by the Local Authority.  “LEA Governor”  is the term used throughout the 2010 Guide to the Law, but legislation brought in with effect from May 2010 clarifies that this has been replaced by the new term, Authority Governor.

Torbay Council has been one of the first local authorities to flag up the change of name.

A document on the Bracknell Forest website gives this information about the Statutory Instruments:  

  • The Local Education Authorities and Children’s Services Authorities (Integration of Functions) Order 2010, Statutory Instrument No 2010/1158 changes terminology in primary legislation (Acts of Parliament) and came into force on 5 May.
  • The Local Education Authorities and Children’s Services Authorities (Integration of Functions) (Local and Subordinate Legislation) Order 2010, Statutory Instrument No 2010/1172 changes terminology in secondary legislation (Regulations) and came into force on 12 May  
     
    Here is a flavour of the Parliamentary Orders:
     
     School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2007 (S.I. 2007/957)

    14.—(1) The School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2007 are amended as follows.

    (2) In regulation 3(2) for sub-paragraph (c) substitute—

    “(c)the local authority is a reference to the local authority who maintain the school;”.

    (3) In regulation 4(2) for “local education authority” substitute “local authority”.

    (4) For regulation 6 substitute—

    Authority governors

    6.—(1) In these Regulations “authority governor” means a person who is appointed as a governor by the local authority.

    (2) A person is disqualified from appointment as an authority governor if that person is eligible to be a staff governor of the school.”.

    (5) In regulations 7(3)(b), 8(1) and 9(2)(c) for “local education authority” substitute “local authority”.

    (6) For regulation 9(2)(d) substitute—

    “(d)employed by the local authority in connection with their education functions.”.

    (7) In regulation 12(3)(c) for “LEA governor” substitute “authority governor”.

    (8) In regulations 13(1)(c), 14(1)(c), 15(1)(c), 16(1)(c), 17(1)(c) and 18(1)(a) for “LEA governors” substitute “authority governors”.

    (9) For the heading to regulation 24 substitute—

    “Removal of authority and foundation governors”.

    (10) In regulation 24(1) for “LEA governor” substitute “authority governor”.

    (11) In regulation 29 for “local education authorities” substitute “local authorities (etc etc …..)

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