Staff governor elections
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.
- Who's responsible for organising the election?
- Who's eligible?
- Plan and write your recruitment literature
- The headteacher will notify staff of a vacancy and invite applications
- An election isn't needed if not enough people stand
- Run the election
- When does the staff governor's term of office start?
- Does the staff governor need a DBS check?
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:
|Voluntary aided||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)|
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.
There are no national time limits