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GOVAS works closely with the Stockport Children and Young People Directorate, but we are a fully independent association of governors affiliated to the equally independent National Governors Association. Every governor in Stockport is automatically a GOVAS member (as long as your institution pays their subscriptionof £10.00 PA)and our Management Committee is made up exclusively of serving volunteer governors in Stockport’s schools – nursery, primary secondary and special. Our biggest strength is our links with all the school governors in Stockport through our newsletter, special communications, and this website.  


On the governing body where Dave is a parent governor, one of the local authority governors is “playing politics” and lobbying for something which his party group is trying to persuade the Council to agree to. The local authority has asked the governing body for views on a new
schools’ admissions policy and this governor is in disagreement with what the ruling political group ispromoting. Unbeknown to the chair, this governor has approached Dave and has tried to recruit him to persuade other governors of his politically‐motivated view. Dave refuses.

When the issue is debated at the full governing body meeting, the majority view
of the governors is that they support the new
policy being suggested by the LA. Indeed they feel very strongly that this policy should be supported and suggest sending a delegation to the Town Hall to reiterate this support. The dissenting LA governor expresses his wish to be part of the delegation. Dave is concerned that he might not act corporately once at the Town Hall. Is there anything he can, or should, do? 

He should tell the chair in confidence of his concerns, citing the earlier lobbying to which hewas subjected. He should question whether this governor should be part of any such delegation since he clearly "has an interest to declare" in such a situation. This thenbecomes a matter for the chair to deal with and Dave should bow out.

Since this LA governo rvoted against the motion which was carried by the governing body, the chair has an opportunity to talk to the LA governor individually in order to ascertain why he wants to be part of a delegation whose primary purpose is to lend support. Depending on the reply, he may need to remind the LA governor that the GB is a corporate body and decisions made by it must be upheld by all governors. Once you are a member of a GB, the school comes first. 

This may leave the LA governor in a tricky position with regard to his political colleagues, but this is neither Dave’s nor the chair’s problem!