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Grievance against a Chair

Discussion in 'Governors' started by Tiriann, May 12, 2015.

  1. Dear Stephen, Please could you advice what would be the best proceedures to adopt as we revise our grievance policy to include the possibility of a grievance being raised against a Chair of Governors by a member of staff. Has anyone had experience of this? Thank you
  2. montiagh

    montiagh New commenter

    The route for a complaint against your CofG must be made through your school's complaints policy/procedures. The procedures will advise whether a complaint against the chair is sent to the vice chair or clerk to deal with. Your procedures policy will detail how the complaint will be handled. All schools must publicise their complaints procedures.

    What is the nature of the complaint? (if you can give a steer).
  3. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    I read it that this is about the procedure for a hypothetical future grievance not an actual one.

    Montiagh, OP asks about grievance rather than complaint (although granted a grievance can be a complaint). Why wouldn't you use the grievance policy?
  4. montiagh

    montiagh New commenter

    RW, I suspected that something may have happened in the past that the school want to ensure they cover going forward. Normally complaints about the chair from whatever quarter should follow the schools published complaints/procedures.

    That said they could certainly write something into their school grievance policy to cover this aspect. School Grievance/Complaints policies normally cater for a grievance of an employee against their employers, ie. employed against the employed rather than against a unpaid volunteer.

    You could have a look at Sunderland Council's Grievance policy (link follows) at top of page 12 for a starter for what you may include in your grievance policy to cover a complaint against the chair or other members of the governing body.

  5. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    I don't agree montiagh when the complaint is a staff grievance (and OP expressly states that they are looking at the situation where there is a staff grievance against the chair of governors). The DFE toolkit says clearly that "there are certain complaints which fall outside the remit of the GB’s complaints procedure, for example, staff grievances or disciplinary procedures". Any workplace matter that an employee wants to raise a grievance about should be heard under the grievance procedures, whether that grievance is against another employee, the head, the chair of governors personally or the governing body as a whole. And indeed that seems to me to be the approach taken in the example grievance policy that you linked to.

    That governors are unpaid volunteers isn't relevant. The governing body (academy trust in academies) is the employer, either as the contractual employer in VA/Foundation/Trust schools, or because they exercise all employment functions on behalf of the LA in Community/VC schools.

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