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  • 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 guide Read 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.
  • Chair of governors: meetings with the headteacher Free sample Make meetings with the headteacher more productive with advice on why you should meet and what you should focus on.
  • 'Chair's action': your power to act in cases of urgency As a chair, be clear when you might use the 'chair's action' to make urgent decisions on your board's behalf, and see examples of how other schools do it.
  • Chairs: how to work well with your headteacher It's crucial that you and your head work together effectively. Read our experts' advice on how to build and maintain a good relationship.
  • Co-chairs on governing boards Can 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.