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The Unity Federation of Church of England Academies

Colkirk, Sculthorpe and West Raynham Primary Academies


And Little Snoring Community Primary School

Meet the Governing Body

Local Governing Body of the Unity Federation of Primary Academies SCHOOL GOVERNORS

Record of Committee Membership and Designated Governors

Downloads:

DNEAT Governance meetings framework for 2016-2017

Annual Governance statement Dec 15

DNEAT Governance meetings timeline for 2015-2016

DNEAT Governer record of committees

Annual Governance Statement -UnityDEC15.pdf DNEAT Governance Meetings Framework for 2016-2017.pdf DNEAT Governance Meetings Timeline for 2015-2016.pdf DNEATGovernerRecordofCommittees.pdf

Unity Federation School Governors December 2016

Unity Federation - SCHOOL GOVERNORS - December 2016.pdf

Governors:

Assigned individual responsibilities

  1. Safer Recruitment: Mike Coates, Grant Harrison
  2. Safeguarding & Child Protection: Mike Coates, Ruth Newcombe
  3. SMSC: Jill Yarham
  4. SEND and Disability: Ruth Newcombe
  5. Pupil Premium / Looked After Children:  Ruth Newcombe
  6. Sarah Kosbab: English
  7. Health & Safety: Mike Coates

Attendance 2017/18:

Curriculum and Standards Committee

Meetings:

Once per term (more frequently if deemed necessary) or discussion via e-mail communication as a further option.

Accountability:

The committee will report back to the Governing Body once a year and submit minutes onto the Governor Hub.

Core Function:

To take a strategic role in ensuring that the school provides high quality teaching and learning which leads to the highest possible levels of attainment and progress for all pupils, in line with delegated responsibilities from the Trust Board.

Purpose :

To assist the decision making of the Local Governing Body (LGB) by enabling more detailed consideration to be given to the best means of fulfilling the LGB’s responsibility regarding curriculum planning and delivery, assessment and improvement, engagement and safeguarding including proper planning, monitoring and probity as set out in the Scheme of Delegation.

To make appropriate comments and recommendations on such matters to the Local Governing Body on a regular basis.

Major issues will be referred to the full Local Governing Body for ratification.

Membership:

The Committee shall comprise of at least 3 Governors at least one of whom has specific, relevant skills and experience of educational matters.

The Committee may have in addition such non-voting members as the Local Governing Body shall appoint with the approval of DNEAT.

The Local Governing Body or DNEAT may remove or replace a member of the Committee at any time.

Quorum:

The quorum shall be three Governors or 1/3 rounded up, whichever is the greater.

Terms of Reference:

Resources Committee

Core Function:

To oversee the financial performance of the academy and make sure its money is well spent, in line with delegated responsibilities from the Trust Board.


Purpose:

To assist the decision making of the Local Governing Body (LGB) by enabling more detailed consideration to be given to the best means of fulfilling the LGB’s responsibility to ensure sound management of the Academy’s finances, resources and personnel, including proper planning, monitoring and probity as set out in the Scheme of Delegation.

To make appropriate comments and recommendations on such matters to the Local Governing Body on a regular basis.

Major issues will be referred to the full Local Governing Body for ratification.


Quorum:

The quorum shall be three Governors or 1/3 rounded up, whichever is the greater.


Chair:

The Committee shall appoint a Chair at its first meeting held in the Autumn Term of each year.


Meetings:

The Committee shall meet in accordance with the DNEAT Governance Framework.


Headteacher and Teacher Performance Management Panel


Terms of Reference

Curriculum planning and delivery:

Plan schedule for development, review, monitoring and evaluation of non-core policies for Teaching and Learning, including but not exclusively:


Assessment and improvement:

Review report from termly AIR meeting regarding standards and improvement, and current risk rating, feedback from RSG meetings and AGEP records of visit in order to:


Engagement:

To monitor the Academy’s publicity, public presentation and relationships with the wider community.


Safeguarding:


Resources Committee

Core Function:

To oversee the financial performance of the academy and make sure its money is well spent, in line with delegated responsibilities from the Trust Board.

Items Delegated to the Resources Committee by the Trust Board

Responsibilities in red text may be delegated differently based on the DNEAT risk rating process or where the Trust has identified areas of concern.


Purpose:

To assist the decision making of the Local Governing Body (LGB) by enabling more detailed consideration to be given to the best means of fulfilling the LGB’s responsibility to ensure sound management of the Academy’s finances, resources and personnel, including proper planning, monitoring and probity as set out in the Scheme of Delegation.

To make appropriate comments and recommendations on such matters to the Local Governing Body on a regular basis.

Major issues will be referred to the full Local Governing Body for ratification.


Membership:

The Committee shall comprise of at least 3 Governors at least one of whom has specific, relevant skills and experience of financial matters.

The Committee may have in addition such non-voting members as the Local Governing Body shall appoint with the approval of DNEAT.

The Local Governing Body or DNEAT may remove or replace a member of the Committee at any time.


Quorum:

The quorum shall be three Governors or 1/3 rounded up, whichever is the greater.


Meetings:

The Committee shall meet in accordance with the DNEAT Governance Framework. Any decisions taken must be determined by a majority of votes of committee members present and voting – but no vote can be taken unless a majority of those present are governors.


Terms of Reference

Budget:

To agree and recommend acceptance of an annual Budget reflecting the priorities of the current Academy Development Plan and present it for acceptance by the LGB in line with DNEAT’s budget timeline.

To monitor monthly expenditure in accordance with the Finance Policy.

Within the limits of the Finance Policy, review Headteacher management decisions regarding virement between budget headings and report to the LGB.


Premises and Insurance:


Staff:


Health & Safety:


Risk Management:


Value for Money:


ICT:


Documents which should be reviewed at each committee meeting:


Documents which should be reviewed once per term:


Documents which should be reviewed on an annual basis:


ETHOS AND COMMUNITY COMMITTEE

Core Function:

To support the academy in maintaining and developing its Christian ethos, in accordance with DNEAT’s ethos and mission statement as laid out in the Scheme of Delegation (see Appendix A).


Purpose :

The Ethos and Community committee will promote the key features of church school distinctiveness as outlined by Dearing (The Way Ahead 2001):

In addition, the committee will be responsible for fostering good relationships with parents/carers and the local community.


Membership:

The Local Governing Body shall determine, and review annually at the first meeting of the academy year, the establishment, terms of reference, constitution and membership of the committee. Associate members may be members of the committee, but the majority of committee members shall be governors. Associate members may give advice, and may have limited voting rights in accordance with any restrictions placed upon them by the local governing body. They may also be invited to assist with monitoring at the academy site(s).

The Committee shall comprise of at least 3 Governors at least one of whom has specific, relevant skills and experience.

The Committee may have in addition such non-voting members as the Local Governing Body shall appoint with the approval of DNEAT.

It is recommended that the RE Subject Leader is a member of the committee.

Groups of children may be invited to attend part of each meeting or submit their views and to facilitate discussions.

The Local Governing Body or DNEAT may remove or replace a member of the Committee at any time.


Quorum:

The quorum shall be three Governors or 1/3 rounded up, whichever is the greater.


Meetings:

The Committee shall meet at least once each term and more often if required.


Reporting:

The draft minutes of each meeting will be circulated with the agenda for the next ordinary meeting of the full governing body and will be presented at that meeting by the chair (or in his/her absence another member of the committee).


Terms of Reference

Ethos:

  1. To ensure that all academy leaders contribute to sustaining, developing and nurturing the academy’s Christian ethos.
  2. To ensure the academy develops a corporate life which attempts to glorify God in developing the full human potential of each person - whether pupil, member of staff, parent or governor.
  3. To ensure that Christian principles are embedded in the day to day life of the academy.
  4. To regularly monitor and review the academy’s self-evaluation as a Church of England academy, ensuring that self-evaluation is ongoing, contributes to academy improvement and ensures good preparation for and outcomes from a SIAMS inspection.
  5. To ensure the academy, through its distinctive Church of England Christian character, meets the needs of all learners.
  6. To ensure that the importance of Religious Education is demonstrated in line with the Trust’s RE strategy and is recognised via the RE Quality Mark.
  7. To ensure learning and teaching in Religious Education is effective and progress of pupils’ learning is assessed.
  8. To ensure Collective Worship inspires and enhances the spiritual development of pupils and staff, of all faiths or of none.
  9. To ensure academy leaders and governors focus on and use Christian values to promote a distinctive Christian vision for the academy.
  10. To ensure effective partnership between the academy, the church and the wider community, including parents.
  11. To ensure the active promotion of the fundamental British values of democracy, rules of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of all with different faiths and beliefs.


Community (Pupils, Parents, Staff, Local Community):

  1. Review procedures for parent consultations, including support for teachers in talking to parents.
  2. Conduct physical audits of the school and its reception practice to ensure that it is a welcoming environment.
  3. Establish and participate in a Parent Forum or similar engagement activity on a regular basis.
  4. Review communication strategy to ensure its effectiveness. This will include:
  5. Conducting an annual survey of parents, pupils and staff with results and consequent actions fed back. Issuing a regular newsletter directly from the governors or a governors’ page as part of the regular academy newsletter. Contributing articles to the local parish magazine or community newsletter.
  6. Review communication between academy and home, community and church (including but not exclusively newsletters (academy and class) and academy website)
  7. Contribute to the understanding of the mental health and well-being of pupils and staff.
  8. Ensure that the school is a learning organisation and that staff and parents are given opportunities to develop confidence and skills.
  9. Arrange governor attendance at events, such as parents’ evenings, celebration assemblies where governors play a prominent part (such as presenting awards).
  10. Ensure good induction procedures are in place for staff and pupils and that these are monitored.


Appendix A – Extract from Scheme of Delegation

3. ETHOS AND MISSION STATEMENT

3.1 Each Academy’s ethos is as follows:

Recognising its historic foundation, the Academy will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at Parish and Diocesan level.

3.2 Each Academy's mission statement is as follows:

The Academy aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.


Headteacher and Teacher Performance Management Panel

Terms of Reference:

To monitor progress and evaluate the effectiveness of the priorities within the School Development Plan.


Hearings Committee

Terms of reference:


Appeals Committee

Terms of reference:

*cannot be delegated to an individual


Strategic & HR Group Committee

Terms of reference:

Governing Body

The role of the governing board is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

[Source – National Governors Association]

Committees

Governors have appointed Committees and Groups, as follows, and – where missing - their terms of reference will be added once agreed:

  1. Resources Committee: Chris Allen, Mike Coates, Grant Harrison, and Sarah Kosbab, with Cheryl Melton (Business Manager) as Associate.
  2. Curriculum and Standards Committee: Chris Allen, Grant Harrison, Fr Clive Wylie, Ruth Newcombe, Julia Kilham (1 vacancy).
  3. HT Performance Review Committee: Grant Harrison and Gill Yarham.
  4. Performance Management Monitoring: Chris Allen, Mike Coates and Grant Harrison.
  5. Hearings: Grant Harrison, Fr Clive Wylie and Gill Yarham.
  6. Appeals: Grant Harrison, Fr Clive Wylie and Gill Yarham.
  7. Pupil Discipline: Grant Harrison, Fr Clive Wylie and Gill Yarham.
  8. Strategic and HR Group: Chris Allen, Mike Coates, Grant Harrison, Fr Clive Wylie and Gill Yarham.

Unity Scheme of Delegation (DNEAT).

4.1 - Scheme of Delegation 2016-2017 - Unity Federation.pdf

DNEAT Governance Arrangements

DNEAT Governance Arrangements.pdf

DNEAT Jargon Buster

DNEAT Jargon Buster.pdf

DFE Governor Handbook 2017

DfE Governance Handbook - January 2017 (1).pdf

Attendance 2016/17: