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The governing board can't stop a parent or staff governor candidate from standing in an election. Read guidance on how you can get the right candidate for the role, and under what circumstances elected governors can be removed.

Throughout this article we refer to the Department for Education's (DfE) guidance on the constitution of governing boards in maintained schools.

You can't discourage candidates from standing

The governing board can't stop or discourage a parent or staff governor candidate from standing in an election or endorse a particular candidate, regardless of any concerns about how appropriate they are for the role.

Any member of staff, including support staff, is able to nominate themselves for a staff governor position (page 15). 

All parents or carers of registered pupils at the school at the time of a parent governor election are eligible to become parent governors, unless they are (page 20):

An individual may also be disqualified from holding office as a governor if they meet