Restructuring your staff: governors' role

The decision to restructure is strategic and part of your remit as a governor. Learn how to make this decision, find questions to ask, and get tips on supporting your headteacher through the process.

Last reviewed on 14 December 2021
School types: All · School phases: All
Ref: 5114
  1. Make sure you challenge the idea
  2. Ask your headteacher to create a draft plan
  3. Scrutinise the proposed new structure
  4. Approve the decision 
  5. Support the headteacher

This article outlines a common way that restructures are decided and planned. If the process differs to your school's or local authority's restructuring/redundancy policy, make sure you follow that instead.

Several of our experts helped us write this. You can find out more about them at the end of the article.

Make sure you challenge the idea

As governors, you'll know a restructure is on the horizon, given your strategic oversight of the school and overall responsibility for staffing matters. 

The prospect of a restructure might arise in discussions about:

  • Saving money at a finance committee meeting
  • Staffing resource and skills at a staffing committee meeting
  • Changing how your school delivers education in a standards committee meeting
  • Working more closely with other schools and pooling your resources

Whatever the reason, don’t take a restructure lightly. Even if it initially seems the best or only option, make sure there’s some challenge to the idea.

Is a restructure definitely the best way to achieve