From 1 September 2017, maintained school governing bodies will have the power to remove elected parent and staff governors in the same way as they can remove co-opted governors – that is, by majority decision of the governing body.

 The government has published the School Governance (Constitution and Federations) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 which will enforce changes to the constitutional arrangements of maintained school governing bodies, including federated governing bodies.

This change follows a consultation launched by the Department for Education ealier this year.

Generally, governing boards must ensure that their code of conduct provides a clear framework for basing decisions to remove individuals from the governing board, regardless of whether they have been elected or appointed. NGA will be updating its model code of conduct to reflect the changes in legislation.

From 1 May 2017, any person who has held office as an elected parent or staff governor and removed from the governing body during their term of office, will be disqualified from serving or continuing to serve as a school governor for five years from the date of their removal.