Board members

Board members

What are my responsibilities?

Strategy and Scrutiny

Board members are expected to set the Prevent strategy for the institution and to ensure that the institution’s strategy complies with the Prevent Duty as set out in the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015.

Board members are expected to scrutinise the practice in the company including a Preventing Extremism risk assessment. They should ensure that policies and procedures are in place and are followed to prevent people being drawn into terrorism and extremism.

British Values

Board members should ensure that policies will complement the company’s responsibility under the Equality Act 2010 and cover apprenticeship welfare, including equality and diversity, the safety of apprentices and staff

Board members should ensure that their behaviour, that of managers, the training provided and policies exemplify British values

Training and pastoral care responsibilities

Board members should ensure that the institution provides sufficient training for staff, board members to be able to recognise and refer anyone vulnerable to radicalisation.

Board members must ensure that there is be sufficient pastoral care and support for all apprentices


Board members should be aware that Safeguarding is inspected as part of leadership and management judgement. Since September 2014 Ofsted’s risk-based inspections have increased their focus on fundamental British values and preventing extremism.

Where Ofsted finds a company providing publicly funded apprenticeships or independent learning provider inadequate, which will include where the company has failed to comply with this duty, intervention action will be taken.

For further information from across the whole FE and training sector explore the main Governors and Board members’ section