§ Dr. Wright
To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will bring forward proposals to clarify the legal liabilities of individual governors of(a) local education authority maintained schools, (b) voluntary-aided schools and (c) grant-maintained schools; and what plans he has to underwrite the legal liabilities of school governors.
§ Mr. Forth
The Education Bill currently before Parliament provides for the incorporation of governing bodies of LEA-maintained schools. This will ensure that governors do not incur any personal liability for decisions taken in good faith. Subject to Royal Assent, the Department will be issuing guidance on incorporation later this year. A separate fact sheet on legal liabilities is available on request to governing bodies of self-governing—grant-maintained—schools.
It is for local education authorities and governing bodies to cover legal liabilities with their own insurers.