Collectively Accountable

Accountability is central to the Code of Good Governance for English Colleges.  This states that college governors must:

Be collectively accountable for the business of the college, taking all decisions on matters within their duties and responsibilities.

The following information includes resources on charity legislation, Instruments and Articles, legal and regulatory requirements and annual reports. 

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Case studies

Effective Governance: National Leader of Governance (NLG) Collectively Accountable case study 

Guidance notes


Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), 2014.  This guide outlines the accountability and regulatory frameworks relevant to further education colleges. Although sixth form colleges are not formally within scope of the guide, governors and clerks of these colleges may find the guidance useful. 

Memorandum of understanding between the Charity Commission and the Secretary of State for BIS in his role as Principal Regulator of Further Education Corporations in England,  BIS,  2014. This memorandum describes the relationship between the BIS and the Charity Commission and the role of the Secretary of State as Principal Regulator of further education colleges as exempt charities.

Webinars and video

Role of the Commissioner: What Governors Need to Know, Dr David Collins CBE, FE Commissioner, 2014 

Governors’ use of data and the MiDES online benchmarking tool 
Richard Boniface, Director of RCU, 2014. This webinar was presented by Richard Boniface who has been working within the further education sector for over 25 years. RCU has worked closely with the AoC and colleges as well as carrying out research projects for BIS, the Skills Funding Agency and the Education and Training Foundation. RCU and AoC have jointly developed the MiDES benchmarking service which is used by around 80% of AoC members. Prior to managing RCU Richard was a Deputy Principal in a large FE college. Richard will look at some of the key features of the MiDES service and discuss how Governing bodies can make effective use of data.