14. Orientation and Ongoing Education for Board Members

Material provided to new Board Members should include:

  • a letter of welcome from the Chair
  • a written agreement setting out the terms of appointment
  • the School’s founding document
  • the Board Charter
  • a copy of the school’s mission and values statement
  • a plan of the organisation’s structure
  • a physical plan of the school
  • a background history of the school
  • a statement of the Board Member’s roles, rights and responsibilities (usually from the Charter)
  • a statement of expectations of Board Members (including commitment envisaged);
  • relevant policies
  • the School’s latest Annual Report
  • board Minutes and papers from recent Meetings
  • legal and governance obligations (dependent upon the School’s legal structure, funding agreement and other School policy)
  • a Deed of Access, Indemnity and Insurance
  • a Directors’ and Officers’ Liability Insurance Policy (where relevant)
  • a Director’s Confidentiality Agreement

New Board Members must be given adequate time to learn the fundamentals of Board operations. On an ongoing basis, new Board Members should be provided with updates and forthcoming major initiatives and their implications, and should also be apprised of appropriate relationships between Board Members and the Principal, staff and students.

It is the responsibility of new Board Member to:

  • undertake a due diligence of the school’s Charter documents
  • undertake a due diligence of the school’s financial position
  • understand the legal structure of the school
  • obtain copies of all documentation relevant to Board Members undertaking the particular role
  • undertake a sufficient due diligence to know what they are getting into before taking on the role.