Role of the Governing Body
The governing body is the school’s accountable body. It is responsible for the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards. The governing body aims to ensure that children are attending a successful school which provides them with a good education and supports their well-being.
What does the Governing Body do?
- Sets the strategic direction of the school:
- Setting the values, aims and objectives for the school
- Agreeing the policy framework for achieving those aims and objectives
- Setting statutory targets
- Agreeing the school improvement strategy which includes approving the budget and agreeing the staffing structure
- Challenges and supports the school by monitoring, reviewing and evaluating:
- The implementation and effectiveness of the policy framework o Progress towards targets
- The implementation and effectiveness of the school improvement strategy
- The budget and the staffing structure
- Ensures accountability:
- Signing off the Self Evaluation form
- Responding to School Improvement partner and Ofsted reports when necessary
- Holding the Head Teacher to account for the performance of the school o Ensuring parents and pupils are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate
- Appoints and performance manages the Head Teacher
The Head Teacher will deliver the aims through the day to day management of the school implementing the school improvement strategy, and delivering the curriculum, reporting appropriately to the governing body.
The role of a Governor
In law the governing body is a corporate body, which means:
- No governor can act on his/her own without proper authority from the full governing body
- All governors carry equal responsibility for decisions made, and
- Although appointed through different routes (i.e. parents, staff, local authority, co-opted), the overriding concern of all governors has to be the welfare of the school as a whole.
The role of the Chair of Governors includes the following:
- To maintain the governing body’s focus on school improvement and performance
- To ensure affairs are conducted according to the law
- To report any urgent action taken on behalf of the governing body, making sure it is fully explained and supported (Chairs do not normally take decision on behalf of governors).
- The year’s cycle of meetings are planned with a timetable drawn up for action and reports
- Meetings are well run and minuted correctly, and decisions taken as necessary
- Governors understand their collective responsibility for decisions and they work as a team
- Objectives are clarified, and committees created to work out and put into practice areas of planning
The chair works closely with the Head Teacher, listening to concerns, offering advice and talking through disagreements before governing body meetings. Attend school functions or make sure another governor represents them, and are accessible to other governors, staff and parents. The Chair of governors also works with the local authority.
Role of Committees
Each committee is made up of at least 4 governors and the Head Teacher. The
Bursar is also a member of The Finance and Personnel Committee
Finance and Personnel Committee:
- To provide guidance and assistance to the head teacher and the governing body in all matters relating to budgeting, finance and all personnel. o To receive from the Head Teacher and review; budgets and financial policy statements, including consideration of long term planning and resources
- To rigorously monitor the income and expenditure of all public funds and report the financial situation to the governing body. o To review the staffing structure particularly when a vacancy occurs and be involved in appointment of teachers.
Teaching and Learning Committee:
- To advise the governing body on curriculum policy
- To review policies and provisions all core and foundation subjects o To ensure the requirements of children with special needs are met o To review the whole schools performance through information and results available
- To ensure that information about school performance is made available to parents
- To provide support and guidance on all matters relating to premises and grounds
- Ensure school complies with Health and Safety regulations and ensure that the necessary school management is in place to implement the school policy.
- To approve the costs and arrangements for maintenance repair and redecoration.
- To achieve the aims of the whole school Pay Policy relating to all the teaching staff in a fair and equal manner;
- To apply the criteria set by Policy in determining the pay of each member of the teaching staff at their Annual Review;
- To review their job descriptions annually and where responsibility or accountability is increased, to consider the grade in accordance with the appropriate guidelines