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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.

What's the difference between 'suspension' and 'removal'?

  • Suspension – where a governor is temporarily suspended for all or any board or committee meetings for up to 6 months
  • Removal – where a governor is removed from their seat and is no longer a governor on the board

These shouldn't be confused with disqualification, where a governor is no longer eligible to be a governor – see our other article for more information on disqualification. 

Grounds for suspending or removing a governor

There's quite a bit of overlap between the two – and sometimes you might think about both options if you're considering sanctions against a governor. 

You have statutory grounds for suspending a governor if they:

Act in a way that's "inconsistent with the

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