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School Governors

Volume 14: debated on Thursday 3 December 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list the statutory provisions which apply to the appointment of school governors; and whether, and in what circumstances, his Department issues guidelines on the criteria to be applied in their appointment.

Sections 18 and 19 of the Education Act 1944 and section 2 of the Education (No.2) Act 1968 apply in respect of appointments under instruments of government dated before 1 July 1981. In the case of subsequent instruments, section 2 of the Education Act 1980 applies. The Department's circular 4/81 gave guidance on the desirability of appointing governors drawn from the broad community served by a school.