Instrument of Government (IoG)

The Instrument of Government (IoG) is a maintained school’s governing document and sets out the constitution and composition of the governing board. It includes the school’s category and legal name.

For Church of England schools, revision of an IoG is a three-stage legal process involving the local governing board (GB), the Diocesan Board of Education (DBE) and the local authority (LA). The DBE’s formal approval is needed to amend the school’s IoG.

Governing boards may need to amend their IoG for various reasons including:

  • A change in statutory constitution regulations
  • Any other reconstitution of the GB to meet local needs
  • A change to the school’s legal name
  • A change of category
  • If the school enters into a formal Federation arrangement
  • For Church of England schools, if there is a parochial reorganisation resulting in changes to how foundation governors are appointed locally.

Please contact Jacqueline McCamphill at if you have any questions or need any support on changes required to your IoG.



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