When and how often to run elections
Your board can choose when in the year elections take place.
Governing boards in academies are required to hold elections every school year.
It's up to your board to decide, as there's no official guidance on how long a chair or vice-chair's term of office should be. Check your standing orders as they may specify a time.
Many maintained school boards choose to elect a new chair and vice-chair every year. 2 or 3 years should be the maximum length for a term of office. This advice came from Hayley James, a governance trainer and consultant.
Department for Education (DfE) guidance recommends a change from time to time, as is necessary to keep the board fresh and moving forward (see page 8, paragraph 19).
Clearly record the terms of office in your board's minutes.
There's no official process for electing