Key Objectives of the Governing Body (2017-18)

 

At the meeting of the Governing Body held on 4th October 2017 it was resolved that the key objectives of the Governing Body for the 2017-18 academic year would be:

 

Responsibility*

Core Strategic Functions

 

1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

GB

2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils,

and the performance management of staff

ESP

R

3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

R

 

 

Detailed Responsibilities

 

1. Working effectively with Headteacher to set and effectively communicate the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school and develop a culture of ambition;

GB

2. Helping create a culture of high expectations, aspirations and scholastic excellence in which the highest achievement in academic and vocational work is recognised as vitally important;

GB

3. Setting high expectations of the headteacher and performance managing the Headteacher;

GB

HTPM

4. Providing a balance of challenge and support to the Headteacher, understanding the strengths and areas needing improvement at the school;

GB

5. Understanding the impact of teaching, learning and assessment on the progress of pupils;

ESP

6. Ensuring that assessment information received by governors provides sufficient and accurate information to ask probing questions about outcomes for pupils;

ESP

7. Ensuring that the school’s finances are properly managed;

R

8. Ensuring that school prepares pupils positively for life in modern Britain and promotes the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith;

GB

9. Promoting equality and fostering greater understanding of and respect for people of all faiths (and those of no faith), races, genders, ages, disability and sexual orientations (and other groups with protected characteristics), through our words, actions and influence within the school and more widely in the community;

GB

10. Ensuring the effectiveness of safeguarding procedures and working to raise awareness and keep pupils safe from the dangers of abuse, sexual exploitation, radicalisation and extremism and ensuring that staff are well trained to recognise and take the appropriate action when they suspect that pupils are vulnerable to these issues;

GB

11.   Ensuring that information is received by governors to evaluate how the school is using the pupil premium, the primary PE premium and special educational needs funding;

ESP

12.   Ensuring the governing board does not hinder school improvement because of a lack of understanding of the issues facing the school and ensuring that all governors are committed to their own development as governors in order to improve their performance;

GB

13.   Understanding how the school makes decisions about teachers’ salary progression and performance;

R

14.   Engaging effectively with parents, carers and other stakeholders;

GB

15.   Being transparent and accountable, including in recruitment of staff, governance structures, attendance at meetings and contact with parents.

GB

 *   Whilst the governing body remains responsible for all of these objectives, much of the detailed work is carried out by the committees identified. 

 

Key

ESP         Education & School Performance Committee

R            Resources Committee

GB          Governing Body

HTPM      Head Teacher Performance Management Committee