The Governing Body has three strategic functions which are:
Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
Governors are responsible for setting the school's strategic framework, identifying priorities for school improvement and monitoring progress towards these goals.
We are also responsible for setting a school ethos of high expectations of behaviour, progress and attainment of all pupils and of conduct of staff and Governors.
Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and the performance management of staff.
Governors must provide challenge to the school and hold the Headteacher and senior leaders to account for improving the quality of teaching and learning and school performance. We do this through questioning and through regular monitoring and analysis of data on children's performance and progress. Governors hold the Headteacher to account for the performance management systems of teachers. The Headteacher’ s performance management is conducted by governors with support and quality assurance.
Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure it is money well spent
Governors look at financial statements and ask questions to ensure that the school makes effective use of its budget and provides best value for money.
Each year the governing body considers:
Standard of attainment and progress of all year groups and groups of children across the school
Attendance and punctuality
Health and safety
Regular review of the school development plan and the school’s self-evaluation
During the 2014/15 school year, the Governors have in particular focused on:
The introduction of the New National Curriculum and its resource implications
New arrangements for assessment for all pupils
The use of the Pupil Premium allowance and its impact on pupils
The introduction of new regulations for supporting children with special educational needs.
The following are some of the ways in which the Governing Body impact on the strategic management of the school:
School Improvement Plan (SIP)
Governors work co-operatively with the head teacher and senior management in the writing and monitoring of the SIP. The SIP sets aims for the school. The current SIP is based on priorities identified from the data, school self-evaluation and Ofsted priorities. The SIP is set out with clear aims, the key tasks which will be completed in order to achieve these aims and success criteria in order to measure outcomes. The SIP is monitored and reviewed termly, with an evaluation overview being completed and presented to Governors within the Headteacher’s report.
Governors are invited to visit the school as part of their monitoring of the SIP and of specific issues. Guidance in terms of the roles and responsibilities of statutory link Governors are provided to relevant Governors and regular training is available in order to up skill our team.
Data is made available to Governors through regular meetings with verbal and written presentations followed by question and answer workshops with the Head Teacher and members of the senior management team thus the Governors are able to benchmark their data against similar schools, the Local Authority and schools nationally to ensure the schools standards and expectations are high and are able to be closely scrutinised. Particular scrutiny is placed on pupil progress across all ability groups including vulnerable groups and on the effective use of Pupil Premium to close the gap.
Governors review all relevant policies on a programmed basis to ensure that all guidance is current and up to date. Specific attention is paid to ensure that the school complies with the Department of Education mandatory policy list and the Local Authority recommended list.
Members of the Governing Body have been trained in School Finance management. The impact of the Governors' role in the school ensures that the budget is managed effectively and improvements are effective. The school's spending is benchmarked against similar schools, the Local Authority and schools nationally to ensure best value is being achieved in the financial decisions made by Governors. Governors prepare and review the SVFS annually to ensure audit regulations are met. Governors sought the best value and agreed to the purchase of a new class set of netbooks and a set of IPads as well as agreeing to the financing of the playground markings to enable zoning of the playground at lunchtimes.
The Governing Body advertised for and appointed a new Head Teacher. The successful applicant was chosen following a day of interviews and meetings, the panel set various rigorous tests for the applicants throughout the day designed to ensure the new appointment was made with as much knowledge of the applicant's strengths and abilities as possible.
Health and Safety
Governors undertook an accessibility walk throughout school which highlighted areas requiring works and improvements. The findings of this walk led into the SIP.
Governor Meeting Attendance
Governor attendance has been of a very high level, with any absences having been fully explained and accepted and approved by the Governing Body. There are no causes for concern at the level of commitment shown by any member of the Governing Body. (Please see separate table.) The Governing Body has been reconstituted, streamlining the committee and making the meetings more effective.
The Governing Body, the headteacher and all members of staff are constantly striving to improve and develop the school.
Future Plans for 2015/16
Support the new head during their first year at Heath Primary School
Research and implement a new school website
Review the current behaviour policy and the way it is upheld across school
Look into replacing the fencing on the playground
Fill the vacancies on the Governing Body
Continue to look ahead to the PSBP2 plans