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Know how to deal with problematic behaviour from governors so you can make sure your board functions effectively. See our example scenarios and find out what steps to take to resolve disputes.

What might difficult behaviour look like?

You may have to deal with a variety of situations of difficult or disruptive behaviour from governors, 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 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 last section of this article.

Have a code of conduct and get all governors to agree to it

Help you make sure everyone's treated fairly and with transparency on the board Give you something to refer to if a governor is behaving problematically - you'll be able to assess whether they've breached the code of conduct and raise it with them (see section below for how to go about