Responsibilities

QUORUM: 50% of current membership

  1.      To determine the strategic direction and vision of the school
  2.      To monitor and evaluate the performance of the school receiving reports from the Headteacher and to hold the Headteacher to account
  3.      To receive reports and ratify recommendations from committees
  4.      To approve the annual budget and ensure financial probity
  5.      To consider business tabled by the Local Authority
  6.      To investigate financial irregularities (if the Headteacher is suspected)
  7.      To agree selection panel for Headteacher and Deputy Head appointment
  8.      To agree a selection panel for other members of the Senior Leadership Team
  9.      To suspend or end suspension / dismissal of Headteacher
  10.   To agree and draw up the Instrument of Government and any amendments thereafter
  11.   To elect (or remove) the chair and vice chair
  12.   To appoint or dismiss the clerk to the governors
  13.   To appoint and remove community/co-opted governors
  14.   To appoint the panel to carry out the appraisal of the Headteacher
  15.   To set up a Register of Pecuniary Interests
  16.   To consider whether or not to exercise delegation of functions to committees
  17.   To agree whether or not the Chief Education Officer should have advisory rights
  18.   To agree whether to offer additional activities and what form these should take
  19.   To decide whether to stop providing additional activities
  20.   To review and adopt the Governing Body Delegation Planner
  21.   To determine the Governing Body procedures (where not set out in law)
  22.   Establish and review procedures for addressing staff discipline, conduct and grievance
  23.   To review at least once a year the establishment, terms of reference and membership of committees
  24.   To consult annually before adopting an admissions policy (Foundation Schools)
  25.   To formally agree the school term dates and  holidays (where applicable)
  26.   To consider the school’s self-evaluation assessments
  27.   To adopt the Local Authority Financial Regulations
  28.   To consider risk analysis regularly
  29.   To review the performance of the governing body and consider training needs
  30.   To ensure adequate safeguarding procedures are in place
  31.   To establish and review a Special Educational Needs Policy
  32.   To publish proposals to change the category of the school
  33.   To consider forming a federation or joining an existing federation
  34.   To consider requests from other schools to join the federation
  35.   To leave a federation

(The above should be in accordance with the agreed levels of decision making in the Delegation Planner)

 

Policy, Finance, Premises, Curriculum and Staffing Committee

QUORUM: 4 members

  1.      To consider and approve admissions arrangements / decisions
  2.      To assist in the development of the School Development Plan
  3.      To monitor and review pupil and school performance
  4.      To set and publish targets for pupil achievement
  5.      To monitor and review School Development Plan
  6.      To contribute to school self-evaluation
  7.      To set the times of school sessions and the dates of school terms and holidays for formal agreement by the full governing body
  8.      To consider and review policy and practice
  9.      Receive monitoring and inspection reports from the Achievement Partner, LA, OFSTED or HMI
  10.   To monitor and review any action plan arising from monitoring and inspection by LA, HMI or OFSTED
  11.   To receive report from SENCO and make recommendation to the full governing body regarding the Special Educational Needs policy for formal agreement
  12.   To review CP and Safeguarding policy
  13.   To prepare and agree the Annual Budget each financial year for formal agreement by    the Governing Body
  14.   To establish and monitor links between the School Improvement Plan and budget taking account of priorities
  15.   To evaluate the effectiveness of spending decisions linked to the School Improvement Plan
  16.   To consider longer term financial planning linked to the future needs of the school
  17.   To ensure school meets its statutory obligations and complies with LA Financial Regulations for Schools (FRFS)
  18.   To monitor the budget and School Improvement Plan priorities adequately throughout the year
  19.   To consider relevant contracts including SLAs 
  20.   To monitor effectiveness of services provided through these SLAs and contracts
  21.   To monitor pupil roll and income levels
  22.   To review delegated spending limits annually (in line with LA FRFS)
  23.   To consider/approve procurement/contracts in line with delegated limits and the LA FRFS
  24.   To review charging and remissions policy
  25.   To receive information on grants and miscellaneous income
  26.   To consider outturn statement
  27.   To consider and determine response to any financial matters including consultation on changes to funding formula
  28.   To investigate irregularities
  29.   To approve and set up an expenses scheme
  30.   To ensure appropriate administration and audit of the School Fund
  31.   To oversee the submission of the SFVS annually
  32.   To consider and ensure best value at all times
  33.   To consider financial benchmarking data
  34.   To review Financial Procedures Manual
  35.   To self-evaluate financial competencies of governors
  36.   To receive any health and safety reports
  37.   To ensure health and safety issues are met
  38.   To receive reports on condition of buildings and school environment
  39.   To agree maintenance work to be done
  40.   To determine staff complement 
  41.   To review staffing structure
  42.   To establish and review annually an Appraisal and Capability Policy
  43.   To review (1) performance objectives for head teacher (HT PM Reviewers) and (2) pay for head teacher (HT Pay Review Group )
  44.   To review salary scale for the Leadership team
  45.   To review pay policy
  46.   To consider pay discretions (the Headteacher should not advise on his/her own pay)
  47.   To conduct agreed arrangements for recruitment and selection
  48.   Appointment of other teachers - Headteacher + 1 or more governors
  49.   (Appointment of support staff - Headteacher + one governor)
  50.   To conduct agreed procedures for capability, discipline, grievance, attendance and welfare issues
  51.   To conduct dismissal procedures
  52.   Dismissal of staff delegated to head teacher + one or more governors; dismissal of head teacher by full GB.
  53.   To consider pay discretions (the Headteacher should not advise on his/her own pay) (L2)

 

  1.   To suspend staff (except Executive Headteacher)
  2.   To end suspension (except Executive Headteacher)
  3.   To approve leave of absence for Executive Headteacher
  4.   To receive reports and monitor status of any staffing issues
  5.   To consider early retirement
  6.   To develop appropriate strategy (including budgeting for repairs etc.) and Asset Management Plans
  7.   To seek advice from LA re Buildings insurance
  8.   To consider SLAs and contracts for premises related work (cleaning, grounds maintenance and routine maintenance and inspections).
  9.   To monitor effectiveness of services provided through these SLAs and contracts
  10.   To receive any health and safety reports
  11.   To ensure annual health and safety inspection is conducted.
  12.   To ensure health and safety issues are met
  13.   To receive reports on condition of buildings and school environment.
  14.   To agree maintenance work to be done
  15.   To produce a set of written principles for the school behaviour policy and present to staff, students and parents
  16.   To review the use of exclusion – as determined in the Decision Planner
  17.   To consider tenders for work
  18.   To ensure that school lunch nutritional standards are met
  19.   To ensure the provision of free school meals to those pupils meeting the criteria
  20.   To establish a data protection policy and review it at least every two years
  21.   To establish a Freedom of Information Scheme and ensure that the school complies with this
  22.   To establish and publish annually an Equality Information and Objectives statement and review regularly
  23.   To establish an Accessibility Plan and review regularly
  24.   To establish and review a Child Protection Policy and relevant procedures

 

Staffing Appointments and Dismissal Appeals Committee

QUORUM: 3 members

  1.      To review staffing structures
  2.      To review annually the Performance Management policy (L2)
  3.      To review salary for Executive Headteacher and Head of School
  4.      To conduct agreed arrangements for recruitment and selection

 

  1.      Appointment of  other teachers - Head + 1 or more governors
  2.      Appoint non-teaching staff - Head + one or more governors
  3.      To conduct agreed procedures for capability, discipline, grievance, attendance and welfare issues (L2)
  4.      To consider relevant SLAs or contracts (Human Resources) with Resources
  5.      To conduct dismissal procedures.
  6.   Dismissal of staff delegated to Headteacher + one or more governors; dismissal of the Headteacher by full GB.
  7.   Determine dismissal payments / early retirement
  8.   To consider, adopt or adapt LA advice on procedures and practice
  9.   To approve leave of absence for Executive Headteacher
  10.   To receive reports and monitor status of any staffing issues

 

Pupil Discipline and Appeals Committee

QUORUM: 3 members

The overall remit is to conduct formal hearings according to agreed procedures in relation to:

  1.      Appeals against exclusion
  2.      Appeals in disciplinary and grievance matters
  3.      Curriculum matters
  4.      Complaints
  5.      To decide a discipline policy 
  6.      To decide a complaints policy

 

Headteacher’s Performance Management Committee

QUORUM: 3 members

  1.      To review annually the Performance Objectives for the Executive Headteacher.
  2.      To review annually the Pay for the Executive Headteacher.