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.
What to do when a governor resignsThe 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.
Governor elections: voting systemsThere's no requirement for schools to use any specific system of voting for governor elections. Find out about different online voting systems and how to implement the double-envelope system.
Parent governor/trustee electionsIf you're the chair or clerk, follow this process to ensure you carry out parent governor/trustee elections efficiently, and in line with the rules.
Governor categories in maintained schoolsThe governing boards of maintained schools must be made up of specific types of governors. Understand what all of the different categories of governors are and the roles they play in school governance.
Staff governors on maternity leaveEven on maternity leave, staff members can be elected and serve as staff governors. Here we outline the rules surrounding staff governors on maternity leave.
Suspending a governor (maintained)What is the procedure for suspending someone from the governing board? This article sets out the grounds on which a governing board may decide to suspend a governor. It also sets out the procedure for initiating and appealing against a suspension.
Suspending or removing a maintained school governorUpdatedBe clear about the difference between suspending and removing a governor, and when these sanctions may be appropriate to carry out. Understand the procedures you need to follow to protect your school and the rights of individual governors.
Governor email accountsAs 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 businessYou 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 workYou 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 documentsRead about how to ensure you're complying with the GDPR and other relevant data protection laws when storing your governing board documents.
Associate members: role and restrictionsAssociate 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: roleUnderstand 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.
Governor and trustees' terms of officeBe clear on how long a governor or trustee can remain in office, when their start date is, and how to shorten a term of office if you wish to, so you can make sure you're compliant.
Parent governor/trustee: roleLearn 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.
Reconstituting the governing board (maintained)You should reconstitute your board if things aren't going well or to ensure you're fit for purpose in the future. Read more about when to reconstitute, terms of office, voting on new governors, managing surplus governors and electing a new chair and vice-chair.
Staff governors: roleUnderstand your responsibilities as a staff governor in a maintained school, and the restrictions on the scope of your role. Also find out what the governing board can do if you can't make it to meetings.