Constitution & membership

  • Appointing and reappointing governors/trustees: the rules
    We run through the different categories of governor/trustee and how each one is appointed. Understand the rules for co-opted, foundation, local authority, parent, and staff governors, as well as associate members.
  • Appointing staff members as co-opted governors
    Be clear on the rules for appointing staff members who aren't "staff governors" to your board. Consider the pros and cons of co-opting staff members, to make sure you don't miss out on talent and skills.
  • Changing governor/trustee category
    An existing governor or trustee can move to a different category as long as they fit the eligibility criteria. Use this process to re-appoint a governor or trustee in a new category.
  • Dealing with problematic governor candidates (maintained)
    The governing board can't stop a parent or staff governor candidate from standing in an election. Read guidance on how you can get the right candidate for the role, and under what circumstances elected governors can be removed.
  • Governor elections: voting systems
    Be clear on the rules surrounding elections and what different systems you can use – both online and in person – including how to make sure voting is safe and secure.
  • Parent governor/trustee elections
    If you're the chair or clerk, follow this process to make sure you carry out parent governor/trustee elections efficiently, and in line with the rules.
  • Governor email accounts
    As a governor, the personal data you send over email must be kept secure. Use a secure school email address to help you to meet the GDPR requirement to prevent a data breach and respond to subject access requests quickly.
  • How to use virtual tools to conduct governing board business
    You should use formal meetings (in person or virtually) as much as possible, but sometimes you need a way to communicate in-between meetings. Understand the rules and what's appropriate when using virtual tools like GovernorHub or email to conduct governing board business.
  • School governors' right to time off work
    You have the right to take 'reasonable' time off work for governor duties. Find out what the rules are, if your profession is exempt, and what to do if you're having problems with your employer.
  • Associate members: role and restrictions
    Associate members aren't governors, but you can appoint them to serve on committees and attend meetings. Understand who's eligible to be an associate member and what their rights are.
  • Co-opted governors/trustees: role
    Understand the role of a co-opted governor/co-opted trustee, with guidance on who's eligible to be appointed and what their voting rights and restrictions are.
  • Parent governor/trustee: role
    Learn how to separate your role as a governor from your role as a parent, so you can manage your relationship with other parents and do your job well.