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Election procedures for governors

Parent governors and staff governors

The local authority is responsible for the organisation of parent and staff governor elections although in practice the responsibility for the conduct of parent and staff governor elections in individual schools is delegated to the headteacher, as returning officer.

Elections are conducted in accordance with the procedures agreed by the local authority and are set out in the documents below.

Governor elections - COVID risk assessment

For the autumn term 2020, Ealing advice is where a governing board (GB) have a parent governor vacancy or parent governor term of office is coming to an end, that they should either hold a vacancy or use elected governors whose terms have expired in an associate and/or advisory capacity.

If a GB choose to extend the term of office for an elected governor it should only be for an interim period eg until the end of the autumn term, with a possible date for elections going forward, even if this is provisional and subject to change. Only where it is considered absolutely necessary should a GB carry out a parent governor election and only after completing a thorough risk assessment, following the interim amendments as advised by Ealing’s head of elections. Read more about the governor elections during COVID This guidance should also be read for staff governor elections.

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Election of parent governors (word)
Information on numbers, eligibility, procedures in event of a vacancy, counting votes, definition of parent and who can be a parent governor and who cannot. Also includes parent governor nomination form.

Election of staff governors (word)
Information on numbers, eligibility to vote, general procedures in case of a vacancy, who can and who cannot be a governor and the election itself. Also includes staff governor nomination form.

Chair and vice chair

The governing board must elect a chair and a vice-chair.

There are no regulations prescribing the election process as it is believed that governing boards are best placed to decide how to organise this, but those standing for election should withdraw from the meeting when a vote is taken.

Governors who are paid to work at the school, for instance the headteacher and staff governors, cannot be elected as chair or vice-chair.

Election of chair and vice-chair (word)
Guidance on procedures around the election of chair and vice-chair.

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Last updated: 03 Sep 2020