Committees and Meetings
The Committee structure is currently as follows:
Policy & Strategy
This is a newly formed committee aiming to support the school in its strategic direction and the application of policies to support this.
The role of this committee is to support the school and the Head with ensuring transparency and clarity for parents and staff regarding finance and charging. This is undertaken by regular meeting to review and ensure our financial budgets accord with relevant law and policy. These of course change on a fairly regular basis!
Pay & Personnel
This committee approve is involved in agreeing teachers’ incremental points determined by the school’s appraisal system.
Health & Safety, and Safeguarding
Our committee consists of at least 3 Governors, the school Site Manager, and the Head Teacher.
Our main tack is to consider all of the potential risks that pupils and teachers face while at or away from the school. We review all of the policies held by the school and make sure that we amend these based on the guidance received from the DfE, Local Authority, and any judgements made by the committee. We ensure that all of the fire and in-vac drills are practiced and if any lessons can be learned and we complete yearly audits of all parts of the school premises.
A successful school requires a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum which enables all pupils to make good/outstanding progress. The role of the Curriculum Committee at Richmond Primary is to monitor the curriculum provision, attainment and achievement of all pupils and ensure that provision is made for particular groups (SEN/Gifted and Talented/vulnerable groups /gender etc.) and that any gaps in progress are addressed and indeed closed.
The committee meets once per half term. During these meetings the committee discuss the following:
- The curriculum – monitoring and evaluating the model to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum in keeping with the ethos of the school and the requirements of the National Curriculum is being delivered
- Achievement and progress - data at year, class and group level is interrogated
- Teaching and learning monitoring
- School Improvement Plan (SIP) - Monitoring the progress of the curriculum aspects
- Subject specific reports from subject leaders and/or governor visits
- Curriculum policies i.e. subject policies, homework etc.
- Impact of Government or Local Authority policy i.e. School assessment procedures
Curriculum Committee 2014-15
This academic year the curriculum committee have taken a keen interest in the development of the new curriculum model (Cornerstones) which appears to be having a positive impact in the classroom and is engaging pupils. The ‘Achievement for All’ programme is well underway and feedback suggests that this will be a very effective strategy to narrow the gaps. Monitoring of data and progress of the SIP has also been positive. There have been two governor subject visits in English and maths.
Curriculum Committee 2013-14
From Jan 21st to October 5th 2014, Angela Thompson chaired the committee. The key task from January was to engage in a very detailed review of the data. Angela was able to assist having additional technical knowledge of this of this area and statistics. The reviews lead to further detailed discussions with school and governor actions. By the time Ofsted did their inspection in March, with less than half a day’s notice, the School and Governors were in a good position to present a robust presentation of the strengths, limitations and actions that had been taken and the future plans. There was evidence that the actions taken had already had a positive impact. This is only partly reflected in the Ofsted report.
Following the inspection the Head teacher with her Senior Leadership Team and the school staff continued to deliver the School Improvement Plan and this was reviewed in the remaining two meetings of the school year. At the follow up review by Ofsted in July, the schools data showed a significant positive shift. There remains a substantial amount of work to be done to achieve our aspiration of being an Outstanding School, but the combined efforts of School and Governors have put the school on the right track for this.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
The chair of the SEND committee is also the SEND governor which means that he or she will be responsible for monitoring the provision for the children who are identified as being part of this group. In this role I attend regular meetings set up by the Education Department of the Local Authority to provide information and policy related to SEND. This information is then cascaded to the members of the committee. As part of monitoring, I have regular meetings (at least once per term) with the school’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator; I have made a number of visits to the school to observe the work of Learning Support staff both within the classroom and when children are withdrawn for short periods of time to undertake specific programmes determined by their identified needs and I have also met with some parents of SEND children.
The SEND committee also scrutinises the school’s data on the progress and attainment of the pupils with SEND. The SENCo attends meetings of this committee and provides us with up-to-date information on the provision and the progress towards achieving the priorities set by the School’s Improvement plan.
Other Committees and Meetings
Individual governors also carry out specific roles for example we have a governor linked to most areas of the curriculum as well as a governor for each of the year groups. These governors will carry out visits to the school to meet with subject leader/class teachers to see the work taking place and write reports which are shared with the rest of the governing body.
The work of the governing body is ably supported by a Clerk, formerly Jane Burgess, who works hard to ensure that we produce and regularly review statutory polices as well as putting together the agenda for full Governing Body Meetings and taking and writing the minutes for these meetings. From January 2015 Jane was supported by Lorraine and Trisha from the school office who have taken over the preparation of the agenda and minute taking of the various committees.