QuickRead: Link governors

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Last reviewed on 29 June 2023
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A link governor is a member of the governing board appointed to oversee a specific aspect of the work of the school.

The Department for Education (DfE) says you should have:

  • A senior, board-level lead to take leadership responsibility for your school's/trust's safeguarding arrangements
  • A link governor or committee with oversight of special educational needs and disability (SEND), and
  • (If your school provides secondary education:) A member of the board who takes a strategic interest in careers education and guidance, and encourages employer engagement

Your board should also consider having a link governor with responsibility for governor training and development, who makes sure everyone has the right skills to contribute to the board. 

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