Governance The primary functions of a governing body are: Establish the organisation’s strategic direction and aims, in conjunction with the executive. Ensure accountability to the public for the organisation’s performance. Assure that the organisation is managed with probity and integrity. Governing boards have a significant degree of autonomy in our increasingly school-led system. They are the vision setters and strategic decision makers for their schools. They play a vital role in ensuring the best possible education that takes every child as far as their talents allow. Crucially, that means creating robust accountability for executive leaders by using and being familiar with objective data on the performance of pupils, teachers and finances to ask the right questions. It means ensuring resources are allocated to strategic priorities and safeguarding the highest standards of financial propriety.