23rd July 1999 at 01:00
We have always used a co-opted place on our governing body for our schoolkeeper. Can we reserve our new staff governor

entitlement for a member of the office staff?

From September the new staff governor has to be elected by and from all the non-teaching staff, so what you suggest isn't possible.

Your schoolkeeper can choose to serve the remainder of his term as a co-optee, although your support staff may decide of their own accord to vote for someone in a contrasting role. But it is their choice, which you must not try to influence.

You won't be able to co-opt any member of the staff, teaching or non-teaching, after September. So your schoolkeeper has to decide whether he wants to stand for election or finish his term as a co-optee. If the former, he has to take a chance on getting elected and having a full period of office ahead.

But if he finishes his term as a co-optee he will have to wait until the next round before he can stand for election.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today