Governing Body Committees
Curriculum CommitteeChair: Pippa Adams
To help the GB to fulfil its statutory responsibilities by reporting to the GB on the following matters through its minutes, to inform the content of the School Profile and Self Evaluation Form and other relevant documentation.
1) To ensure that the school delivers a broad and balanced educational experience, including the National Curriculum, for all pupils in the EYFS and Key Stages 1 and 2 by:
- reviewing at least once a year the relevance and effectiveness of the school’s Curriculum Policy, Collective Worship Policy and Sex Education Policy and making recommendations for any changes to the FGB.
- using its meetings to focus on finding out how the school’s agreed Curriculum Policy is put into practice in the taught curriculum; what is working well; what needs to be developed and how to improve the provision for all pupils in literacy, numeracy, ICT, Science, PE, PSHE & Citizenship, Design & Technology, History, Geography, Art, Music and French..
- receiving and reviewing in detail reports relating to the curriculum from the Head Teacher, other staff and outside agencies.
- monitoring at least every two years the effectiveness of the following policies related to the taught and wider curriculum:
- Assessment policy
- Teaching & Learning Policy
- Home Learning Policy
- Marking Policy
- School Visits and Trips Policy (including Risk Assessments)
2) To ensure that all children achieve their best whilst at Woodlea Primary School and that the relevant statutory attainment targets are set, met and reported, as required, by:
- receiving reports from the Head Teacher and external bodies, where, appropriate, on the setting of targets, progress towards achieving the targets and details of action being taken to ensure that they are met and reported appropriately.
- reviewing the effectiveness of provision for pupils who need extra help to access the curriculum. e.g. those with special needs, gifts, talents or who are “looked after”.
- monitoring at least every two years the effectiveness of the following policies relating to pupil behaviour/attendance and making recommendations for changes to the FGB:
- Attendance Policy
- Home-School Agreement
- Gifted and Talented Policy (if not part of Curriculum Policy)
- SEN Policy (if not part of Curriculum Policy)
3) To ensure that Woodlea Primary School is a safe, caring and appropriate environment for teaching and learning by:
- monitoring at least every two years the effectiveness of the following policies relating to the safety and well-being of pupils and recommending changes to the GB:
- Behaviour Policy
- Confidentiality Policy
- Safeguarding Policy
- Child Protection Policy
- Health and Safety Policy –the sections relating to pupils
- Internet Access Policy (AUP)
- Single Equality Scheme Document – diversity and the accessibility plan (curriculum)
- Uniform policy
4) To ensure that Woodlea Primary School plays a full part in the aims and activities of its wider community by:
- administrating biennial questionnaires to pupils and parents in turn, considering the results and recommending action, where needed, to the FGB.
- monitoring at least annually the effectiveness of the following policies, documents and activities relating to the school’s interaction with parents, the Bordon Schools’ Partnership, the communities of Whitehill/Bordon and people in the rest of the UK and beyond and making recommendations for changes to the FGB.
- School Travel Plan
- School Website
- Single Equality Scheme Document – community cohesion
- School Prospectus (including the School Handbook)
- Governors’ Handbook and documentation
- receiving feedback from Bordon Schools’ Partnership meetings.
- receiving information on fundraising and charitable activities in school.
5) To assist in any other matter, as mandated specifically by the GB.
Chair: Kathrine Wallis
To ensure financial probity and efficiency in the use of financial allocations for the benefit of the education, safety and welfare of all pupils of the school by:
- providing support, assistance and guidance to the Head Teacher and the GB on all matters of school financing and budgeting.
- Complying in principle and practice with relevant legislation and guidance provided by the current Hampshire Manual of Financial Practice (HMFP).
- adhering to the principles of the agreed Best Value Statement – challenge; compare, consult and compete – when considering any financial decision.
- monitoring the school’s use of its financial resources according to the agreed Annual Finance Plan.
- receiving reports from the Head Teacher on use of his/her delegated powers to vire expenditure up to £1500 within the agreed Annual Budget.
- authorising requests from the Head Teacher to vire expenditure of up to £5000 within the agreed Annual Budget.
- making a recommendation to the next meeting of the FGB for authority to vire expenditure of £5000+ within the agreed Annual Budget or expenditure of any amount that would increase the agreed Annual Budget.
- receiving reports from nominated Governors on the cycle of SFVS validation visits.
- receiving reports relating to financial/budgetary issues from internal and external sources e.g. External Audit Reports or recommendations from the Head Teacher on changes to Service level Agreements, and recommending action, if needed, to the FGB.
- reviewing at least annually the following policies and recommending any changes to the GB:
- Charging Policy
- Governors’ Expenses policy
- Best Value Statement
To ensure that the number and deployment of staff in school contributes effectively to the education, safety and welfare of all pupils and that all personnel practice in school complies with legislation and national agreements by:
- ensuring that personnel practice in school follows the guidance provided in the current Hampshire Manual of Personnel Practice (HMPP).
- recommending to the GB a Staffing Plan, so that the FGB may approve it by 30th November each year. The Staffing Plan will inform the Committee’s budget planning so should include details, where known, of any impending retirements, resignations or other issues that may affect spending.
- ensuring that all staff, other than the Head Teacher for whom there is a specific process, take part in the Performance Management Programme each year.
- ensuring that core professional development for teaching staff is encouraged and is guided by the priorities stated in the current agreed School Strategic Plan.
- ensuring that training and development of non-teaching staff is encouraged and is guided by the needs of the employee’s role and the priorities stated in the current agreed School Strategic Plan.
- reviewing at least annually the following policies and recommending changes to the GB:
- Freedom of Information Document
- Health & Safety Policy – sections relating to Personnel
- Pay Policy
- Performance Management Policy
- Single Equalities Scheme Document- sections on personnel/diversity
- administrating biennial questionnaires to staff, considering the results and proposing
- action, where necessary, to the FGB.
To ensure that the school’s buildings and grounds provide a safe, clean and appropriate environment for teaching and learning and for all users of the premises by:
- ensuring that the school has a named Health and Safety Officer, who has undergone relevant training.
- ensuring that Health and Safety checks on the premises are undertaken and the results reported to this Committee. The checks should take place at least once per term and include Fire Drills and visual checks of the state of the building and grounds. The reports should include recommendations for remedial work and, where available, the cost involved.
- monitoring and updating a programme of planned maintenance and redecoration of the premises and grounds for inclusion in the School Strategic Plan (3 year).
- providing a forum for detailed discussion of proposals or plans to change or improve the layout of the school (capital projects) and making recommendations to the GB.
- providing a forum for discussion of matters arising in the course of carrying out capital projects.
- reviewing at least annually the following policies:
- Health & Safety policy – sections relating to premises
- Single Equality Scheme Document –Accessibility Plan- buildings and grounds.
4) To assist in any other matter, as mandated specifically by the GB.
5) To report on the above matters through its minutes to the FGB to inform the content of the School Profile and Self Evaluation Form and other relevant documentation.
1) To receive each year, in January for teaching staff and April for support staff, the Headteacher’s Reports on the results of the Performance Management Process completed at 31 December for all members of teaching staff and of the IIP Process completed at 31st March for all non-teaching staff.
2) To consider the Headteacher’s recommendations for pay progression for all staff.
3) To recommend acceptance or rejection of the Headteacher’s proposals to the Resources Committee with an estimate of the cost to inform decisions on the DSP/DB.
4) To receive in January each year the report of the Headteacher’s PM process from the Headteacher’s PM Committee.
5) To consider the HTPM Committee’s recommendation for pay progression for the Headteacher.
6) To recommend acceptance or rejection of the HTPM Committee’s proposal to the Resources Committee with an estimate of the cost to inform decisions on the DSP/DB.