Note: we refer to 'governors' in this article, but this information can also apply to trustees and local governors in academies.
What might difficult behaviour look like?
You may have to deal with a variety of situations of difficult or disruptive behaviour from governors or trustees, for example if they:
- Consistently don't respect the views of fellow governors on the board
- Use social media in a way that could damage the school’s/trust's reputation
- Are newly appointed or elected (e.g. as a parent governor) and don't understand, or refuse to stick to, the remit of their role
See our scenarios of difficult behaviour and how to address them in the final section of this article.
Have a code of conduct and get everyone to agree to it
Help you make sure everyone on the board is treated fairly and with transparency Give you something to refer to if a governor is behaving problematically – you'll be