Staff governors: role

Staff governors bring a unique staff perspective to the board. Read on to understand your responsibilities as a staff governor, and the restrictions on the scope of your role.

Last reviewed on 14 March 2022
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  1. Roles and responsibilities
  2. Restrictions on the scope of your role
  3. You can fill a link governor role
  4. You're not responsible for bringing staff grievances to the board's attention
  5. Staff governor absence from meetings

Note for academies

Staff governors aren't a specified category in academies, but you may have this category anyway. Bear in mind that this article is based on legislation for maintained schools, but you can still use it to give you a sense of what the role involves.

The number and type of trustees your trust must have is outlined on pages 32 to 36 of the model articles of association

Be sure to check your academy's own articles of association in case the role differs from this article.

Roles and responsibilities

Your role is to bring your unique staff perspective to the board. Apart from that, it's no different from other governors, and you'll help the board carry out its three core functions.

This is explained on page 15 of the Department for Education's (DfE's) statutory guidance, and page 15 of the DfE's guidance for maintained schools