Chair of governors: meetings with the headteacher

Make meetings with the headteacher more productive by checking out this advice on why you should meet and what you should focus on.

Last reviewed on 23 September 2022
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  1. Make the most of your meetings
  2. It's up to you both to determine how often you meet 
  3. Establish a focus
  4. Topics you might cover

Fred Birkett and Celia Grace, 2 governance consultants, helped write this article.

Make the most of your meetings


  • Help you maintain communication between governing board meetings
  • Give you an opportunity to talk in confidence with someone who is engaged in the day-to-day operation of the school
  • Help you both to reflect on some of the more difficult issues

Use your meetings to help inform and set the agenda for governing board meetings.

You'll want to keep some issues confidential, but make sure you share what you can, so you're as transparent with the rest of the board as possible. This will make sure governors don't feel that decisions are being made behind their backs.

It's up to you both to determine how often you meet 

The frequency will differ depending on:

Establish a

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