Last reviewed on 28 March 2022
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Be clear about the difference between suspension and removal, and when these sanctions may be appropriate to carry out. Understand the procedures you need to follow to protect your school or trust, and the rights of individual governors or trustees.

If a trustee or local governor is removed, remember to remove them from the board on GovernorHub (which is now included in your membership to The Key for School Governors). 

How to use this guidance

Your trust has the freedom to define the grounds on which a trustee or local governor can be removed and how to carry out these processes. However, the Governance Handbook states on page 40 that academy trusts don't have the power to suspend

The Department for Education's (DfE's) model articles of association address a trustee's removal. Articles 66 and 67 explain that:

Trustees can remove local governors on local governing bodies (LGBs),

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