Agenda;Joan Sallis answers your questions;Briefing

22nd October 1999 at 01:00
OURS is only a small school and our headteacher has always acted as clerk. Do you think this is right? He is not a governor, which in his view makes it acceptable.

CERTAINLY not desirable in any circumstances. Indeed, under the new regulations now in force it has actually been forbidden.

I was initially amazed that it was thought necessary to be explicit about it in the rules. But evidently your school has not been the only offender, since the Department for Education and Employment saw the need to include a prohibition this time.

You will have to appoint a clerk as soon as possible. I'm afraid the DFEE's new rules also now forbid you from appointing one of your own number.

I suspect that this may be difficult for some schools, but that's the rule.

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