The Department for Education has announced the closing of a loophole that prevented elected parent governors from being removed even if they misbehave.
The National Association of Head Teachers has been pushing for the change, which comes into force in September, for some time.
As reported by the BBC, senior policy adviser Ian Hartwright said: “This new measure fills an important gap in the existing powers to deal with maverick or incompetent governors, the actions of whom can mean that the school leadership team is diverted away from its core tasks in order to manage difficult governors or trustees.
It was also highlighted that there should be mandatory training of governors so that they are better equipped to understand and carry out their functions. Guidance will be published in the coming months to set out the “exceptional circumstances” in which the power could be used, as well as an expectation that governing bodies will put in place an appeal process for governors who feel they have been unfairly removed.
As reported in The Telegraph, Gillian Allcroft, deputy chief executive of the National Governance Association (NGA), said that they supported the change as they recognised the need to deal with those who are “adversely affecting effective governance”.
She added, “We also said that boards need clear guidance on when it is appropriate to use these powers”. She said the NGA advise governing boards to have a code of conduct which can be used to deal with the “rare instances” where governors fall short of expectations.