The Seven Principles of Public Life
(Nolan Committee Principles)
Governors are committed to complying fully with the seven principles of public life, which are:
- Selflessness - Acting solely in terms of the public interest.
- Integrity - Avoiding any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately try to influence the work of the Governing Body. Decisions are not taken in order to gain financial or other material benefits for governors, their families, or their friends. Governors declare interests and relationships and governors do not participate in any discussions in which they may directly or indirectly benefit from a pecuniary or personal interest.
- Objectivity - Acting and taking decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias.
- Accountability – The Governing Body is accountable to the stakeholders for their decisions and actions and submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this.
- Openness - Acting and taking decisions in an open and transparent manner.
- Honesty - Being truthful.
- Leadership - Exhibiting these principles in our behaviour. Actively promoting and robustly supporting the principles and be willing to challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs.