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Last updated on 19 September 2018
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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.

Link governor appointment

You must have a link governor for safeguarding.

The DfE also says you should have:

  • A link governor or committee with oversight of special educational needs (SEN) and
  • A member of the board who takes a strategic interest in careers education and guidance and encourages employer engagement

Otherwise, governing boards can choose how they structure their governance arrangements, including deciding what, if any, roles are delegated to individuals.

Governing boards should collectively assign link governor roles, with the agreement of the individual taking the role. They should be chosen in line with the school’s improvement priorities, and in partnership with school staff. 

Link governor positions should then be reviewed annually.

There are some responsibilities which cannot be delegated to an individual. For example, it's not possible to give an individual governor responsibility for approving the first formal budget plan of the year.

The role of link governor 

The role of link governor will vary according to the nature of the appointment. However, in general a link governor role involves the following tasks:

  • Making pre-arranged visits to the school, with a clear focus 
  • Keeping the governing board informed about the area for which they're responsible, and acting as a link between governors and staff
  • Supporting the member of staff who is responsible for the particular area/subject 
  • Developing knowledge in the specialist area and taking part in relevant training 
  • Ensuring the school has relevant policies in place
  • Monitoring the implementation of the school's strategy in the specialist area 

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