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If you're a chair or clerk, be clear on the process for electing a staff governor in a maintained school so your election is compliant and runs smoothly.

Our associate education experts Brendan Hollyer, Keith Clover, Jane Owens and Jackie Beard helped us with this article.

Who's responsible for organising the election?

The appropriate authority must make all the necessary arrangements for the election of staff governors:

School type Responsibility
Voluntary aided Governing board
Foundation Governing board
Foundation special Governing board
Community Local authority (can delegate to the headteacher)
Community special Local authority (can delegate to the headteacher)
Voluntary controlled Local authority (can delegate to the headteacher)
Maintained nursery school Local authority (can delegate to the headteacher)

This is set out in The School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012 (schedule 1 and schedule 2).

Who's eligible?

Any member of staff who works at the school at the time of the election can nominate themselves to be a staff governor. Their role will end either at the end of their term of office, or if they leave the school.

This is set out in regulation 7 of the 2012 regulations and page 15 of DfE guidance here.

There are no national time limits