Duties & Responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities of the Governing Body are many and varied but essentially it works very closely with the Head Teacher in:
setting the strategic aims and objectives of the school in a culture of continuous school improvement;
adopting policies and setting targets to achieve those aims;
monitoring and evaluating the progress made;
and producing the annual budget and monitoring it so that it reflects the priorities of the school.
The skills of the Governing Body are extensive as can be seen in the analysis of the 2016-17 Governor Skills Audit. Individual Governors reflect a wide range of professional skills including Management, HR, Finance and medical aspects of Visual Impairment. Some governors also have personal experience of severe sight loss and other special needs, either themselves or in relation to their children.
Governing Body Groups
All members of the governing body meet regularly at Full Governing Body Meetings to take oversight of all of the work of the schools. This group responds to new legislation, ratifies decisions from committees and add rigour to school evaluation. This group holds school leaders to account.
In order to save time and manage the workload better, most governing bodies appoint smaller committees and give them responsibility for specific areas. The prime responsibilities and decision making powers for each committee are determined by the full governing body and are set out in the ‘Committee Terms of Reference’ which are reviewed annually.
Teaching & Learning Committee
The Teaching and Learning Committee looks at all matters relating to pupils and their learning experiences in school. This includes our curriculum offer and pupil progress. The committee scrutinises achievement of all pupils, including disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, including those accessing Pupil Premium. They also consider the difference in achievement between boys, girls and different ethnic groups.
The Teaching and Learning Committee is responsible for ensuring that all students receive their entitlement to a rich, broad and balanced curriculum which is relevant to their needs and prepares them well for the future. The committee review the school’s policy on all matters relating to the curriculum, including Sex and Relationships Education, Religious Education and Educational visits and monitor the School’s arrangements for providing daily collective worship for all pupils. They assess the issues related to and impact of Visual Impairment and other Special Needs on the overall Curriculum and on programmes of study for individual pupils
This committee looks at all matters relating to school finances and ensure that staff and resources are in place to aid the best learning experiences for children. They pay particular attention to planning and spending budgets wisely and take into account any targeted funds for particular pupil groups
Personnel & Health & Safety Committee
This committee reviews staffing to ensure the school has capacity to meet new demands and aspirations for the schools moving forward. They also monitor all aspects of health and safety, including safeguarding. They ensure that safer recruitment processes are followed rigorously when recruiting and appointing staff and that performance management systems hold staff accountable and support them to function at the highest level