The Governing Body exists in order to:
○ Raise standards of achievement so that pupils achieve their potential
○ Decide what they want the school to achieve, and make plans to get there
○ Help to set and review policies that provide a framework for running the school
○ Support the school in identifying its areas for development so that an improvement plan can be put in place
○ Ensure resources are used effectively.
○ Ensure progress against targets is being achieved
Governor’s attend Full Governing Body meetings every half term in order to achieve the above.
At full governing body meetings – a standard agenda is followed:
○ Approval of minutes of previous meeting
○ Matters arising
○ Head Teacher’s Report – a summery of pupil data, staffing, budget & finance, premises, curriculum, miscellaneous, and visitors.
○ School Improvement and Development Plan (SIDP). This document is an action plan to help the school achieve its annual (and 3 year) aims, objectives and targets. Each governor helps to support and check the progress of one particular area of the plan.
○ Premises, Health & Safety – to ensure a safe working and learning environment.
○ Resources – to ensure effective financial and staffing management of the school.
○ Curriculum & Well Being – to monitor the implementation if the SIDP, and that continued personal development is taking place.
○ Other reports – PTFA, School Council, inspection reports, development proposals etc.
Governing Body SEF (Self Evaluation Form)
The Governing Body uses a Self Evaluation Form (SEF) to measure its effectiveness. The SEF covers a number of areas:
○ Setting direction
○ Using its management skills and resources to improve the school (e.g. budgeting, staffing)
○ Monitoring and evaluating the schools standards
○ Ensuring the schools supports all learners
○ Working together with parents
This then provides the Governing Body and the school with an indication of areas in which to improve.
The school and governors’ own self evaluation forms also feed into the overall school SEF to provide a rounded picture and help identify areas to improve.