What is an 'extraordinary meeting'?
It's a meeting convened outside the normal schedule. You can hold one if you need to discuss urgent issues that can't wait until the next scheduled meeting.
In an extraordinary meeting, you follow the same procedures, such as recording attendance and taking the minutes, as you do in normal meetings.
This was explained to us by the school governance unit at the Department for Education (DfE).
If you're the chair, you also have the power to act on your board's behalf if you need to act urgently and the board can't meet (either in-person or virtually). Find out more about 'chair's action' here.
Reasons for calling one
There's nothing to dictate when you should call extraordinary meetings.
Bolton Impact Trust held an extraordinary meeting on 10 March 2021 to discuss the formal consultation for a restructure. You can view the minutes under 'extraordinary meetings' here Exminster