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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.

This article is based on GOV.UK guidance on the right to time off work for public duties, the Employment Rights Act 1996, and section 4.6 of the Governance Handbook.

The rules: in summary

  • Employees who are school governors must be allowed "reasonable" time off work to carry out their duties, including attending governing board meetings
  • The employee and employer must agree on what is "reasonable" time off
  • Employers may give time off with pay, but they don't have to
  • Time off is in addition to the employee's usual holiday entitlement

This applies to both maintained schools and academies. The ESFA told us this.

Check if your job is exempt

An agency worker A member of the police service A member of the armed forces Employed on a gas or oil rig at sea Employed on a fishing vessel A merchant seaman A civil servant whose public duties are connected to political activities