Can the vice-chair cover for the chair?The vice-chair can act as chair when the chair is absent or there is a vacancy in the office of chair. Understand the requirements, and how to manage a chair's leave of absence.
Chairing meetings: your complete guideRead our top tips on how to chair a full governing board meeting – including how to prepare in advance, stick to time and keep things on track. Download our audit to evaluate how effective your current meetings are.
Co-chairs on governing boardsCan two school governors share the role of chair? We look at guidance from the DfE and a local authority, and highlight a case study from a primary school on shared leadership responsibilities. We also relay expert advice on dividing responsibilities and co-chairing a local governing body.
Length of service for a chair of governorsThere is no restriction on the chair of governors serving successive terms, and no limit on their length of service. Read recommendations for appropriate lengths of service, and understand the benefits of restricting terms of office.
Vice-chair: role and responsibilitiesThe role of the vice-chair can be confusing. Download our role description and see terms of reference from a school to get a grip on what it means to be the vice-chair.