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  • Appointing staff members as co-opted governors Read the rules on appointing staff members, who aren't "staff governors" to your board. We look at co-opting staff members, associate membership, and the potential pros and cons.
  • Changing a governor's category (maintained) Can an existing governor move to a different category? One of our associate education experts sets out a process for re-appointing a governor in a new category. We also look at the process for when the governor in question is the chair or vice-chair.
  • How to appoint governors (maintained schools) We run through the different categories of governor and how each one is appointed to the governing board. Understand the rules for co-opted, foundation, local authority, parent, and staff governors, plus associate members.
  • How to resign from your governing board All governors and trustees have to resign eventually. Find out the right way to do it.
  • What to do when a governor resigns The clerk and the chair have procedures to follow when a governor or trustee resigns. Find out what these are and send our template letter to help make sure they leave on good terms.
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  • 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 email for governing board business You should use formal meetings (in-person or virtual) as much as possible, but sometimes you need a way to communicate in between meetings. Understand the rules and what's appropriate when using 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.
  • Storing governing board documents Find out how to ensure you're complying with the GDPR, and get guidance on how to store both electronic and paper documents so you can make sure they're secure.
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