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What to Do When a Governor Resigns

What to Do When a Governor Resigns

There comes a time in every governor's and trustee's governing life when they decide, for whatever reason, to hang up their governing spurs. This short article looks at some of the steps the school, governing board and clerk needs to do when they receive notification of a governor resignation. The same steps apply when a governor’s term of office ends and they are not seeking reappointment or re-election.

As a governor what do I do if want to resign?

Build in some time to reflect. Don’t resign in the heat of the moment if possible. Try and have a conversation with the chair/head/clerk to see if there is something they can do to help.  Sometimes a change to the ‘way we work’ as a board helps everyone.

Resign in writing. You must write (email is fine) to the clerk in the first instance. This applies to both maintained schools and academies. You might want to write to the chair/vice chair and headteacher as well but that is up to you. Try to keep your reasons for resignation factual and objective. Once the clerk has acknowledged the resignation it cannot be rescinded.

What the school needs to do

Some of these tasks will be undertaken by the clerk if they work in school.

On receipt of written confirmation (preferably from the clerk) you need to undertake the following tasks;

Board considerations

As a board consider the reasons for the resignation especially if mid term or happens with no notice. Is there anything the board could have done to prevent the resignation? Have you had a number of resignations in a short period of time?

Consider how you will the vacancy; elections for staff and parent positions for example. If the position is co-opted it might give you an opportunity to reflect on your structures and Instrument of Government.

Quick Checklist

Remember – a thank you costs nothing and every resigning governor has given freely of their time irrespective of the reasons for their resignation.

Sources

§  The School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012 (legislation.gov.uk)

§  Academy Trust Articles in relation to the resignation of Members and Trustees

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