Serving as a governor helps employees develop board-level skills and experience that they may not otherwise develop until much later in their careers.
The learning and development benefits are therefore significant and more than compensate for the flexibility and time off that staff may need to fulfil their governor duties. The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has stated clearly that is sees a robust business case for more employers supporting their staff to volunteer as governors.
By law, employers must give employees who are school governors in maintained schools ‘reasonable time off' to carry out their duties. The employee and employer must agree on what is ‘reasonable time off'. Among the points they should discuss are:
Employers may give time off with pay but do not have to do so. This is for discussion between the employee and the employer. Guidance on time off for public duties is available on the GOV.UK website.
If the employee and employer cannot agree on any of these questions, either of them can ask for help from the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), which will try to settle any differences informally. An employee who is still not satisfied may complain to an Employment Tribunal.
More help like this can be found in the DFE Governors' Handbook.
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This page was last updated on 22 February 2023