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He has just removed his children from the school - but doesn't want to stand down as chair.
A lot if parents feel if he has so little confidence in the school as to remove his own children, than he is not the right person to be chair.
IndigoDreamsA lot if parents feel if he has so little confidence in the school as to remove his own children, than he is not the right person to be chair
Perhaps the fact that he has felt the need to remove his own children from the school suggests he is exactly the right person to be chair?
The role of the GB is to provide appropriate support and challenge to the HT and SMT, to set the strategic direction of the school and to raise educational standards.His move suggests to me that it may be very difficult to resolve issues of concern to him (as both a governor and a parent) but that he feels he is not prepared to compromise the educational futures of his children in order to best fulfil his role as a governor.
Don't be dragged into a smear campaign. His actions as a parent are completely seperate to (and private from) his actions as a governor and he is entitled to do what he thinks is best for his children (even if other people do not agree). He must have had some qualities to enable him to be elected as (presumably) a parent governor and as a Chair
I am in a similar situation myself and would give your Chair the benefit of the doubt.
Due to issues at school surrounding my daughter I have uncovered a (lack of) practice which I think would put us in a very low band of the new Ofsted framework, on that particular part of the framework. I am currently in a really difficult position. I have to act as a Governor for the good of all the children but, if measures are implemented, my daughter's issues will be addressed as one of the affected children.
If there was another school I could send her to I quite possibly would. I have lost a huge amount of sleep worrying how I deal with this matter properly as a Governor for all the children but without giving the impression I am doing it for my own ends. I don't have an option what I do, because I have to put my Governorship first but I am trying to work out how I do it to minimise the possible negative impact on my, I hope good, reputation.
The role of Chair can be a very difficult one.
IndigoDreams - You state that parents do not have confidence in the chair, but give only one example of that lack of confidence - the chair removing their children. So how many parents have no confidence as a proportion of the school. Is removing the chair's children the only issue of no confidence? As said elsewhere it is for your GB to decide on the position of the chair.
I once had a governor who removed his children and said that it was because too many non whites were coming into school. That was more than enough reason for that parent governor for me to resign and they did.
If this chair is a parent then that is of concern. Those concerned may ask the other parent governors for their view of the matter you have illustrated although many governors will say that this advice is not the route to take.
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