Case study 22

A member of staff always attends full governing body meetings and takes an active role in the proceedings, particularly confidential staffing issues. This concerns you as a governor.

The governing body can invite non-governor members to attend full governing body meetings or to serve on one or more governing body committees. The definition of a non-governor member is wide and pupils, school staff and people who want to contribute specifically on issues related to their area of expertise (for instance, finance) can be appointed as a non-governor members.

Non governor members may not vote at governing body meetings, but can be given a vote at committee meetings, where the governing body has agreed this when establishing the terms of reference of the committee in question.

Chapter 4 of the Welsh Government’s Governors Guide to the Law further states that
Governors, the head teacher and the clerk plus associate pupil governors, where applicable, have the right to attend governing body meetings (subject to certain restrictions). In addition, the governing body can allow any other person to attend its meetings. Associate pupil governors and non-governor members may be excluded from any part of a meeting which concerns an individual pupil or member of staff, budget, salary or other financial commitments of the governing body, the election and removal of governors, in the case of a voluntary aided school its trust deed and any other matter that the governing body considers should remain confidential.

  • Has the governing body formally invited this member of staff to their meetings?
  • Has any governor raised a concern regarding the involvement of this member of staff in confidential discussions?
  • Are you aware of any confidential information being shared with members of staff at the school?

We would advise that you speak with the chair of governors regarding your concerns.