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Governor Remit

Remit

1.  To act on behalf of the governing body in matters relating to:

•             finance

•             human resources

•             premises

•             health and safety issues

2.  To act as the governing body’s staff discipline committee

3.  To act as the governing body’s grievance committee (Stage 2)

 

Resource and Management Committee

A.  Finance

Delegated Powers

To act on behalf of the governing body on:

•             actions following financial advice provided by the City Council and set down in the Fair Funding Scheme of Delegation.

•             ensure compliance with Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS)

•             financial policy statements, including long term planning and resourcing and controls assurance statement

•             levels of financial delegation and monitoring such delegated powers

•             the awarding of contracts

•             budget monitoring (with the Headteacher) at least termly

•             ensuring that the Pupil Premium funding is used effectively and can be accounted for.

•             ensuring that the sport and PE funding is used effectively and can be accounted for.

•             expenditure patterns, ensuring that educational outcomes, cost effectiveness criteria and financial implications inform decision making

•             the auditing arrangements for school fund and other voluntary funds to ensure funds are properly audited

•             LA auditors’ reports on the School Budget

•             performance criteria and benchmarking to evaluate spending decisions and budgetary performance

•             virement of funds as delegated within the delegated limit of £8,000 as stipulated in the Fair Funding Scheme of Delegation (and to recommend to the Governing Body any virement above that figure)

•             activities to generate income (with the Headteacher)

•             ensuring that Value for Money principles are taken into account when determining expenditure

 

Other responsibilities

 

To consider and make recommendations to the Governing Body on:

•             a budget for the year based on development priorities (e.g. School            Development/Improvement Plan)

•             Policies on charging and remissions, debtors, disposal of equipment

 

B.  Human Resources           

 

Delegated powers

 

To act on behalf of the governing body on:

•             the staffing establishment and structure, based on the Headteacher’s recommendations, the school development plan and resources available

•             ensuring any recruitment practices comply with safer recruitment requirements

•             ensure that a single central record is maintained for all employees and volunteers and complies with Safeguarding requirements

•             actions following personnel advice provided by the City Council and set down in the Personnel Handbook and ensuring all appropriate HR policies are regularly reviewed and in place.

•             implementing the procedures for the management of change and staff issues as above.

•             the school’s compliance with statutory obligations regarding employees

•             consultation procedures with recognised trade unions

•             a whole school pay policy (in consultation with staff, and reviewed annually), including recruitment, selection procedures, retention, remuneration, performance criteria, discretionary elements, annual reviews, equal opportunities and conditions of service

•             to ensure that salary decisions for all teaching staff are undertaken annually and are consistent with appraisal outcomes (this should be through the Pay Committee, which may be a sub group of the resources committee)

•             to receive an annual report on the appraisal processes within the school

The governing  body may also delegate the following to the committee, although these responsibilities would normally be delegated to the Headteacher:

•             the dismissal of a member of staff. (The Committee will consist of three Governors for this purpose)

•             any other decision concerning an individual member of staff, which is the responsibility of the Governing Body and against which the member of staff has a right of appeal. (The Committee will consist of three Governors for this purpose)

 

To act as a first committee in dealing with a grievance of a member of the school staff (stage 2).

 

 

Other responsibilities

 

To consider and make recommendations to the Governing Body on:

•             procedures for dealing with the management of change, including redundancy and redeployment

•             procedures for dealing with staff issues, including grievance, capability, suspension, discipline, dismissal and redundancy

•             a leave of absence policy, including any delegation to the Chair or Headteacher.

•             to ensure that the appraisal review of the headteacher is undertaken by the relevant  governors with the support of an external adviser.

 

C.  Premises

 

Delegated powers

 

To act on behalf of the governing body on:

•             advice provided by the City Council and set down in the Premises Manual

•             a statement of priorities for the maintenance and development of the premises and grounds after inspection annually and in accordance with the Asset Management Plan

•             to keep under review the school Accessibility Policy.

•             the cost arrangements for maintenance, repairs and redecoration within the budget allocation and in association with the School Site Officer’s reports and advice

•             the preparation and implementation of contracts

•             the quality of cleaning and grounds maintenance

 

Other responsibilities

 

To consider and make recommendations to the Governing Body on:

•             a lettings policy and charges

 

D.  Health and Safety

 

Delegated powers

 

To act on behalf of the governing body on:

•             advice received from the City Council or other bodies on health and safety matters, including advice set down in the Health and Safety Manual

•             the school’s compliance with health and safety regulations

•             reports and action following the termly site safety inspection.

•             respond to any health and safety audit report recommendations and ensure all risks are minimised.

 

Other responsibilities

 

To consider and make recommendations to the Governing Body on:

•             a school health and safety policy, including risk assessment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Performance and Standards Committee – Terms of Reference

 

Membership:                    

 

Quorum:                              3 (and a majority of those present must be governors)

 

Chair:                   

 

Meetings:                            At least termly. Meetings to be called by the clerk to the committee after consultation with the chair of the committee and the headteacher

 

Remit:                                  

1. To act on behalf of the governing body in matters relating to:

•             school development/improvement plan

•             curriculum, teaching and learning

•             special educational needs

•             school matters

•             admissions

2.  To act as the governing body’s pupil discipline committee, admissions committee and staff discipline appeal committee

3.  To act as the governing body’s grievance committee (stage 3)

 

The remit of the Performance and Standards Committee in detail:

A.  School Improvement/ Development Plan

 

Other responsibilities

The School Improvement/Development Plan, ensuring that:

- the staff are consulted

- targets, priorities, implementation, monitoring and evaluation are included

- The Plan relates to educational outcomes and the raising of standards

·               review any actions following an OFSTED inspection

·               to use the school’s own self review and analysis and any feedback from outside agencies in order to evaluate its impact on raising standards and pupil achievement.

·               reviewing the leadership and management of the school at all levels in order that it drives school improvement and challenges underachievement.

·               ensure compliance with the Equality Duty

·               to work with school leaders to communicate the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school and develop a culture of ambition.

 

B.  Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

 

Delegated powers

 

To act on behalf of the Governing Body in:

•             carrying out the Governors’ responsibilities in relation to assessment, recording and reporting and attendance

•             standards and school effectiveness through analysis of data and results, looking at pupils’ work and visiting the school

•             reviewing the schools performance through an understanding of school assessment, RAISEonline, the Data Dashboard provided by Ofsted and the Inspection Data Dashboard, where applicable, Fisher Family Trust as a minimum.

•             understanding the intervention strategies used to support pupils particularly those resourced by pupil premium funding.

•             curriculum implementation through a range of strategies, including briefing and curriculum presentations, classroom visits, talking and listening to pupils, parents and teachers

•             the school’s compliance with the National Curriculum and legal requirements

•             children’s welfare, and social, cultural and spiritual development in the light of school curriculum policies.

•             promotion of well-being, community cohesion, British Values and the Prevent agenda.

 

Other responsibilities

 

To consider and make recommendations to the Governing Body on:

•             school policies on religious education and collective worship, moral social and cultural awareness, sex education, discipline and behaviour, equal opportunities, disability, gender and race equality.

C.  Special Educational Needs

 

Delegated powers

To act on behalf of the Governing Body on:

•             ensuring the needs of SEN pupils are met in accordance with any prescribed Education, Health and Care Plan.

•             Compliance with the SEND Code of Practice and publication of the school’s offer on the school website.

 

Other responsibilities

 To consider and report to the Governing Body on:

•             the school’s policy and practice for special needs.

 

D.  School matters

 

Delegated powers

To act on behalf of the Governing Body in:

•             ensuring compliance with Child Protection and safeguarding policies and procedures.

•             Receiving annual reports on safeguarding arrangements in the school

•             Ensuring that looked after children are not disadvantaged by school policies and procedures and receive an annual report on their progress

•             considering appeals against the dismissal of a member of the school staff

•             considering appeals against other personnel decisions against which a member of staff has a right of appeal

•             decisions regarding a grievance of a member of staff (grievance committee (stage 3))

•             considering the exclusion of an individual pupil from the school (Pupil Discipline Committee).

•             the working of the complaints and compliments procedure

 

Any Committee convened to undertake the responsibilities above will consist of three Governors.

 

Other responsibilities

 

To consider and make recommendations to the Governing Body on:

•             the school prospectus, where this still exists

•             ensure the school website complies with statutory requirements

•             the Home School Agreement

•             research and keep under review the opportunities (and challenges) from developing Extended Services

•             the use and impact of pupil premium funding

•             a complaints and compliments procedure

•             developments around Healthy Schools especially nutritional standards

•             policies for improving relationships between school and the local community

•             issues relating to admissions, the school day, etc

•             appropriate consultation documents

•             any other responsibilities as appropriate and outlined in Governors Handbook

 

E.  Admissions- Where the School is the Admissions Authority

 

Delegated powers

 

To act on behalf of the Governing Body in:

•             Presenting the case for the Governing Body to an Independent Admission Appeal Panel. The party will consist of one governor.

  • Ranking of Admissions Requests at year R

 

  • To support the LA coordinated admissions scheme to centralise the allocation of school places in the City, by ranking applications against the Admission Criteria determined by the governing body.

•             Considering, with the support of the LA, in year applications for admission

 

Other responsibilities

 

•             To keep under review the admission policy for the school and recommend changes to comply with the School Admissions Code, DES, DBE or LA guidance.

•             To ensure that consultation is undertaken, as appropriate, and within timescales as dictated.