1. NAME
      Derby and Derbyshire Governance Partnership – DGP
      1. To work with a not for profit Charitable Trust
      2. To provide a forum for governors to work together to support raising standards of pupil achievement and narrowing gaps in attainment across our locality
      3. To facilitate governor and clerks development through high quality training, support and networking opportunities
      4. To raise standards of school governance so that more governing boards are judged to be ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’
      5. To liaise with regional and national bodies
      1. All governing boards that buy into the DGP annual Package are members of Derby Governance Partnership.
      2. Membership lasts over the financial year and needs to be renewed each year.
      3. The DGP Board will keep an up-to-date membership list.
      4. It is the expectation of members that all governing boards involved will work together in open partnership and not to the detriment of any member.
      1. The DGP board will steer the development of the partnership.
      2. At the summer term DGP board membership will be reviewed and membership encouraged. Membership should include both governors and clerks and represent all phases.
      3. A list of all those on the DGP Board will be stated annually in the DGP Bulletin.
      4. Administrative support for the Governance Partnership will be provided through the Charitable Trust arrangements.
      In order to carry out the partnership’s purposes, the DGP Board have the power to:

      1. Co-ordinate the work of the partnership
      2. Inform the content of the annual sold service governance package and the annual governance training programme
      3. Nominate one member of the board to represent DGP on the DTSA
      4. CPD/Leadership Advisory Strategic Group. Two yr. term of office
      5. Apply for any grants that support the work of the partnership
      6. Liaise with local, regional and national bodies to support the work of the partnership
      1. The DGP Board must hold at least three meetings each year.
      2. Meetings will be chaired by a different member on a rotation basis.
      3. While the aim will be to reach consensus on issues discussed the steering group may act by majority decision.
      4. At least 4 members must be present at DGP Board meetings to be able to make decisions. In the event of a tied vote the Chair will have the casting vote.
      5. If members have a conflict of interest they must declare it and leave the meeting while the matter is discussed or decided. If by any member leaving the room the number present is less than 4 a decision cannot be made.
      6. The DGP Board may make reasonable additional guidelines to help run the partnership but these must not conflict with this constitution or the law.
      7. The agenda for each meeting will be put together by the Chair of that meeting, with the support of the DGP facilitator.
      8. The DGP Board will agree the agendas for Governance Partnership and GIP meetings.
      1. Assist compiling agenda for next board meeting, with the DGP facilitator
      2. ‘New Chair’ will chair a designated board meeting and the next Partnership and GIP meeting
      3. Represent governors at relevant meetings
    8. GOVERNANCE PARTNERSHIP and GIP (Governance Improvement Partnership) MEETINGS
      1. There will be termly governance partnership and GIP meetings open to members and others by invitation.
      2. Package members are eligible to participate in any vote taken
      3. Any member may attend the DGP Board by prior notification – Sharon Siddons
      1. All fees collected from sold services (packages and training) will be paid into the bank account of the Trading Company (within the Charitable Trust) and used for the partnership’s purposes.
      2. Accounts presented to the Trust on a quarterly basis.
      1. Changes to the Constitution: If the DGP Board consider it is necessary to change the constitution it must be approved by the board at a scheduled meeting. No change can be made that would make the organisation no longer part of a charity.The DGP Board may also call a Governance Partnership Meeting to consult the membership if it is deemed necessary.
      2. The DGP Board must also call a Special Governance Partnership Meeting if they receive a written request from 28% of members.
      3. All members must be given 14 days notice and told the reason for the meeting.
      4. All decisions at such meetings require a two-thirds majority.
      5. Minutes of all meetings must be kept by DGP admin available on request.
      6. Winding Up: If the DGP Board consider it necessary to wind up the governors’ partnership they must call a Governance’ Partnership Meeting so that the membership can make the decision. Any money or property remaining after winding up will stay within the broader Charitable Trust budget.
      This constitution was adopted on ______ by those present at the Partnership Meeting and signed on their behalf by the meeting Chair.
      Signed: _____________________________________________
      Print Name
      Last Updated: June 2016

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