The Department of Education has issued new guidelines which allow elected governors to be removed if needed. Previously this has not been possible. Headteachers have campaigned for the rules to be amended so that, in rare cases where this affects the running of the school, action can be taken.
The new section dictates the conditions that must be present in order for the suspension to occur:
“All maintained school and some academy Trust boards have powers to suspend someone who acts in a way that is contrary to the board’s ethos and has brought or is likely to bring the organisation, the board or their role into disrepute. Academy Trust Members have the power to remove an ineffective elected Trustee.”
It also gives guidance around the aspect of Prevent:
“Swift action should be taken to suspend from office anyone who acts to undermine fundamental British values or the board’s commitment or ability to deliver on its Prevent duty. The board, or where applicable other appointing body, should also consider removing from office anyone acting in this manner.”
The new guidelines are available to view in full following this link: