Every sixth form college and 16–19 academy trust in England is an exempt charity and while regulated by their principal regulator, the Department for Education, those running such institutions are still required to abide by charity law. Charitable status places a duty on governors of colleges and trustees of academies to act in the best interests of the charity and avoid conflicts of interests. Conflicts of interests and loyalty, however, are natural. It is therefore important that governors and trustees can identify, avoid and manage them in an appropriate manner.
This guidance should provide sufficient detail to enable the reader to think about the governance arrangements within their own organisation, and apply those aspects of good practice that are most appropriate.