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It's understandable to worry if you learn about a relationship between the headteacher and a staff member. Read our experts' advice on how to make sure your headteacher remains transparent, impartial and fair in this situation.

We spoke to our governance experts, Ray Harris and Jackie Beard, for help with this article.

Chairs: remind the headteacher of their responsibilities

The first step to take is to discuss the situation with the headteacher and reiterate their professional responsibilities. 

It's important to inform the headteacher that the relationship must not affect their work or conduct in the school in any way, and that the governing board will continue to monitor their work to make sure this is happening.

The chair of governors should usually do this. 

Chairs: inform other governors and staff

Being as open and honest as possible will make sure that accusations of favouritism are kept to a minimum.

After speaking to the headteacher personally, and giving them prior warning, the chair should inform the rest of the governing board about the relationship.

Encourage the headteacher to do the same among the SLT and other staff.

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