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Sanctions for governors lacking commitment

12 September 2014

The government has sent a letter to all chairs of governors setting out the need for governors who are professional, committed and trained. Lord Nash’s letter suggests that governors who regularly fail to take up training opportunities or act in a manner detrimental to the professional running of the governing body should be suspended from the governing body. The letter references the new Governors’ Handbook which sets out the core functions of a school governing body which underpin the work governors should focus on.

The letter, whilst setting out that there has never been a better time to be a governor, does raise the bar again for current governors. Governing bodies will need to be clear on their expectations for work as a governor and be willing to take action when those expectations are not met. Whilst these requirements may deter people from taking on governorship, those who do become governors will be committed to play their role in ensuring the school provides the best education for its students.

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