Frequently Asked Questions

06. Are there any governors who cannot sit on the staff disciplinary and dismissal committee or staff disciplinary and dismissal appeals committee?

In law, the headteacher cannot be a member of the staff disciplinary and dismissal committee or staff disciplinary and dismissal appeals committee.

In order to not compromise members of staff, teacher and staff governors should not be members of the staff disciplinary and dismissal committee and the staff disciplinary and dismissal appeals committee, even though they may attend hearings as the subject of the allegation or to give evidence.

The chair of the governing body should not normally be a member of the staff disciplinary and dismissal committee or appeals committee because he/she may be consulted on cases by the headteacher at an earlier stage. Furthermore, if an allegation is made against the headteacher, the chair will need to instigate disciplinary procedures.

Associate pupils governors cannot be members of either committee.

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