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Power to sack governors.

Power to sack governors.

School governing bodies are to be given new powers to sack maverick, corrupt and incompetent parent governors.

Head teachers have campaigned for the change, saying the "destructive actions" of rogue governors can stop schools in England running smoothly.

The new Department for Education guidelines close a loophole that prevents elected governors from being removed even if they misbehave.

Governing bodies are responsible for overseeing the running of schools.

Some are appointed - for example by a local authority or the church in the case of a faith school - and some are co-opted by the governing body itself.

These can be removed, for behaving in a way that is likely to bring the school, or its governing body, into disrepute or in a way that is inconsistent with the ethos or religious character of the school.

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