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Governance Statement

July 2018

1. Overview

The Governing Body conducts its business to take account of the three roles of Governing Bodies as outlined in the Governors’ Handbook:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The day-to-day management of the school is the responsibility of the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team.

The Governing Body ensures that the school complies fully with statutory safeguarding procedures. All staff have signed a record to confirm they have read Part 1 of the DfE statutory guidance “Keeping Children Safe in Education”. The Governing Body has familiarised itself with the document and worked with the Safeguarding lead in school to complete the annual safeguarding audit.

 

2. The composition of the Governing Body

In November 2017 the Governing Body received the resignation of Kirsty Storey. 

There are currently 2 vacancies on the Governing Body.  There is one LA Governor vacancy and one Co-opted Governor vacancy.

Action

To ensure all vacancies on the Governing Body are filled.  When possible, Governors would be recruited on a skill, experience and knowledge basis to fill the gaps identified through the skills audit. 

Recruitment through LCC and Inspiring Governance has proved unsuccessful this year, however, the vacancies are listed as open so it is hoped that future recruitment is possible.

 

3. Meetings of the Governing Body and Attendance

The full Governing Body meets 4 times a year and all meetings are clerked by a trained professional clerk.

There are three Governing Body Sub-Committees: Pupil Support, Resources and Teaching & Learning.  These committees meet three times a year, and they have delegated authority to make decisions on behalf of the Governing Body and systematically monitor, evaluate and look at impact in their specific areas of responsibility. This is done through visits to school, information provided by the Headteacher and members of the Leadership Team and external sources such as the School Improvement Adviser and national data.

Governors have good attendance at meetings overall. Apologies for non-attendance are considered on an individual basis; Governors are aware through the code of conduct that non- attendance, which includes apologies not being accepted, will result in the removal of a Governor six months from the date of first non-attendance.

Action

The Governing Body have agreed that apologies should be sent by email to the Celrk for FGB meetings and both the Chair of the meeting and the Headteacher for sub-committee meetings.

 

 

4. The remit of the Governing Body and its committees

The Governing Body and Senior Leadership Team complete a self-evaluation of the school in the summer months and this document takes into account:

  • SATs results
  • the school's internal monitoring of pupil progress and attainment
  • changes to the assessment of pupils
  • the curriculum
  • previous Ofsted report

The self-evaluation then informed our School Development Plan, which identified the following areas for 2017-18:

SDP Priority 1: Phonics

 

SDP Priority 2: Year 5 and 6 Outcomes

 

SDP Priority 3: Writing Through School

 

SDP Priority 4: Staff Excellence

 

 

5. The effectiveness and impact of the Governing Body 2017-2018

SDP Priority 1: Phonics

 

Action

Phonics monitoring has been undertaken by LE and JM throughout the year. 

Impact

Governors reports from LE and JM were distributed to the full Governing Body reporting that:

· Phonics Progress Tracking Sheets were in use - The Phonics Leader formalised the phonic assessment sheets, which were previously made individually between groups and years. 

· Assessment sheets for each phase are in use half-termly

· A (mock) Phonics screening test at the end of Year 1 has been introduced

 

Statistics on Phonics phase data are progressive, with a significant number of students moving phase each half term.

 

The Governing Body’s monitoring procedure has been more effective.  Governors have a developed a greater understanding of Phonics outcomes and this has allowed for more effective questioning and challenge in monitoring meetings.

                                   

SDP Priority 2: Year 5 and 6 Outcomes

 

Action

Year 5 and 6 Outcomes monitoring has been undertaken by the Teaching and Learning Committee.

 

Impact

Data discussed at the Teaching and Learning Committee was followed up in meetings with the Pupil Premium Governor. 

 

The monitoring of this area has proved more challenging for Year 5 outcomes, due to ongoing nature of their data, as the data projects their final outcomes at the end of Year 6.

Monitoring of Year 6 outcomes has proved more effective, with Governors developing  a clear understand the support required for the cohort to achieve their age related expectations.

 

SDP Priority 3: Writing Through School

 

Action

Writing monitoring has been undertaken by DGR, JM and BU throughout the year. 

 

Impact

Ongoing tracking report distributed to the full Governing Body reported that:

· Provision maps have been collected which identify where intervention for spelling is required.

· Writing Lead (JB) has attended FFT training.

· Monitoring file evidenced that consistent strategies have been developed for identifying spelling errors and marking and feedback, with JB undertaking reviews to evidence by staff.

· Monitoring file evidenced use of staff meetings to implement actions for editing and re-drafting.

 

The Governing Body’s monitoring procedure has been more effective.  Governors have a developed a greater understanding of Writing through School and the steps taken to move towards achieving the SDP targets. This has allowed for more effective questioning and challenge in monitoring meetings.

 

SDP Priority 4: Staff Excellence

 

Action

Staff Excellence monitoring has been undertaken by RP and DGR throughout the year. 

 

Impact

Governors reports from RP and DGR were distributed to the full Governing Body reporting that:

· Excellence in Maths (Matthew Thompson) has been noted by Trust schools in the area.

· Hannah Shutt had been recommended to support the City Wide Early Years Initiative on being Healthy.

· Drama workshops in Nursery were developing staff skills

 

The Teaching and Learning Committee viewed Action Plans from subject leaders.  The committee felt that subject leaders had made significant progress and that action plans reported progress and on-going actions more effectively.

 

Governors have a developed a greater understanding of the role of subject leaders. This has led to effective questioning and challenge in meetings.

 

6. Other

Monitoring Rota

Action

The 2017-18 rota has ensured that the monitoring of the School Development Plan has been formalised.  However, the half termly rota has proved difficult to achieve and not all monitoring visits have taken place.  In some cases, although monitoring visits have taken place the Full Governing Body has not received reports from the visiting Governor.

Impact

See Section 5 above.

Further Development

Governors agreed to streamline the rota for 2018-19 to one monitoring visit per term.

All Governors to ensure that reports for monitoring visits are recorded and distributed to the Full Governing Body.

 

Website

Action

To ensure that the school website meets statutory requirements and provides relevant information to parents about their child's school.

Impact

A website audit rota for Governors was circulated. The audit document ensures that the website meets statutory requirements and provides relevant information for parents.  The impact should be that the website is monitored more closely, with issues raised within the audit document. 

Further Development

Governors to note when they are on the rota to ensure audits are completed.

Completed audits to be emailed to whole Governing Body and the Headteacher.

Headteacher and Chair to monitor audit completion more closely and delegate action for points raised in the audit in order to ensure legal compliance and clarity of information for website visitors.

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