Thanks to Gulshan Kayembe, 1 of our associate education experts, for her input with this article.
Inspectors will want to meet as many governors or trustees as possible
Though link governors aren't mentioned directly in the School Inspection Handbook, it does state that schools should invite as many governors or trustees as possible to meet with inspectors during the inspection process. These meetings can include a virtual option such as a video or telephone call if necessary (paragraph 18).
Ofsted won’t ask to meet link governors specifically
However, they’ll probably ask if any governors/trustees they do meet have link roles.
If your board has link governors, inspectors might look for evidence (e.g. in meeting minutes or visit reports) that these link governors are involved and active. Remember, link governors are a way of monitoring the school/trust, so inspectors will want to see that they're fulfilling their roles.