Role of the Governing Body and its Sub-Committees

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Full Governing Body
  • To determine the vision and strategic direction for  the school
  • To monitor and evaluate the performance of the school by receiving reports and information from the head teacher
  • To agree constitutional matters, including procedures (Standing Orders) where the governing body has discretion
  • To consider whether or not to exercise delegation of functions to individuals or committees
  • To agree committees terms of reference and membership
  • To receive reports and ratify recommendations from committees working parties or individual governors
  • To consider business provided by the LA and other sources
  • To investigate financial irregularities (head suspected)
  • To agree selection panel for head teacher and deputy head appointments and ratify the appointment
  • To suspend or end suspension of head teacher
  • To draw up the instrument of government and amendments thereafter
  • To elect or remove the chair and vice chair
  • To appoint/dismiss the clerk
  • To hold at least 3 governing body meetings a year
  • To set up a register of governors’ business interests
  • To recruit/appoint new governors
  • To appoint the chair of any committee (if not delegated to the committee itself)
  • To suspend or remove (where eligible) a governor
  • To manage the budget and consider proposed revisions
  • To approve the school development plan / school improvement plan
  • To receive updates and evaluate progress of School Development Plan
  • To decide whether to delegate power to spend the delegated budget to the head teacher and if so establish financial limits of delegated authority
  • To approve the first formal budget plan of the financial year
  • To ensure all statutory policies are in place and there is an effective policy review cycle
  • To review and agree the Governor Code of Conduct
  • Make arrangements to undertake the governor self-review
Curriculum and Pupils/Monitoring Committee

Curriculum Planning and Delivery

  • To review, monitor and evaluate the curriculum offer
  • To recommend for approval to the full governing body:
    • Self-evaluation form
    • School Improvement Plan
    • Targets foe school improvement
  • To review policies identified within the school’s policy review cycle and in accordance with delegated powers.
  • To ensure that the requirements of children with special educational needs are met, as laid out in the Code of Practice, and receive termly reports from the head teacher / SENCO

Assessment and Improvement

  • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of leadership and management
  • Monitor ad evaluate the impact of quality of teaching on rates of pupil progress and standards of achievement
  • To monitor and evaluate rates of progress and standards of achievement by pupils, including any underachieving groups
  • To monitor and evaluate the impact of continuing professional development on improving staff performance
  • To set priorities for improvement, and monitor and evaluate the impact of improvement plans which relate to the committee’s area of operation
  • To monitor and evaluate provision for all groups of vulnerable children (e.g. looked after children) and ensure all their needs have been identified and addressed, and to evaluate their progress and achievement
  • To regularly review and develop the Assessment Policy and to ensure that the policy is operating effectively
  • To consider recommendations from external reviews of the school (e.g. Ofsted or local school improvement advisers), agree actions as a result of reviews and evaluate regularly the implementation of the plan
  • To ensure that all children have equal opportunities
  • To advise the resources committee on the relative funding priorities necessary to deliver the curriculum
  • Review pupil attendance and exclusion information
  • Review impact of Sports Premium, Pupil Premium, Early Years Premium and Year 7 Catch Up Premium
Finance, Staffing and General Purpose Committee


  • To review, adopt and monitor all financial policies, including charging and remissions policy
  • To consider at least three budget monitoring reports each year monitoring the income and expenditure against the annual budget plan
  • To draft and propose the first formal budget plan of the financial year to the governing body for approval
  • To establish and maintain a three year financial plan, taking into account priorities of the School Improvement Plan, roll projection and signals from central government and the LA regarding future years’ budgets
  • Make decisions in respect of service level agreements
  • To annually review staff salaries
  • Review benchmarking information
  • To report back to each meeting of the full governing body and alert them of potential problems or significant anomalies at an early date
  • Determine lettings and charging policies for users of the school grounds and premises
  • Subject to the delegation scheme, approve spending.
  • Review and complete the SFVS (Schools Financial Value Standard), undertake any remedial action identified as part of SFVS
  • Receive and act upon any issues identified by the local authority audit report
  • Consider future number of pupils on roll
  • Consider the use and impact of the Sports Premium, Pupil Premium, EY Premium and Year 7 Catch Up Premium


  • Review staffing structures
  • Ensure that the school is staffed sufficiently for the fulfilment of the School Improvement Plan and the effective operation of the school
  • Establish and oversee the operation of the school’s Appraisal Policy – including the arrangements and operation of the schools appraisal procedures for the Executive Headteacher
  • Establish and review the school’s Pay Policy for all categories of staff
  • Annually review procedures for dealing with staff discipline and grievance
  • To monitor approved procedures for staff discipline and grievance and ensure that staff are kept informed of these
  • In consultation with staff, to oversee any process leading to staff reduction
  • Review the Single Central Record
  • To consider pay discretions


  • To monitor the school’s publicity, public presentation and relationships with the wider community
  • To identify and celebrate pupil achievements
  • To oversee arrangements for educational visits, including the appointment of a named co-ordinator
  • To ensure all statutory requirements for reporting and publishing information are met and the school website content is fully compliant and presented in an accessible way
  • Ensure the school website is reviewed and monitored and holds all of the necessary statutory information
Premises, Health & Safety Committee
  • To establish, review and monitor the Health and Safety Policy
  • To provide support and guidance for the governing body and the Executive Headteacher on all matters relating to the maintenance and development of the premises and grounds, including Health and Safety.
  • To ensure that an annual inspection of the premises and grounds takes place and a report is received identifying any issues.  To inform the governing body of the report and set out a proposed order of priorities for maintenance and development, for the approval of the governing body.
  • To arrange professional surveys and emergency work as necessary.
    • The Executive Headteacher is authorised to commit expenditure without the prior approval of the committee in any emergency where delay would result in further damage or present a risk to the health and safety of pupils or staff. In this event the Executive Headteacher would normally be expected to consult the committee chair at the earliest opportunity
  • To create a project committee / working party where necessary to oversee any major developments.
  • To establish and keep under review an Accessibility Plan and a Building Development Plan
  • To ensure that actions are taken in respect of relevant health and safety legislation
  • To make recommendations to the Finance and Staffing Committee on premises related expenditure
  • To receive health and safety reports
  • To approve high risk educational visits
  • Conduct agreed arrangements for recruitment and selection
  • Receive reports and monitor levels of staff absence
  • Consider requests made in line with staffing policies (secondment, flexible working, leave of absence, compressed hours)
  • Approve Staff Code of Conduct
  • Review and approve annually the Appraisal Policy ensuring that all staff have been consulted
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