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Governor's Impact Statement 2016-17

Governing Body Objective 2016/17: to support the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team (SLT) move the school to ‘good’.

Governor’s Role

Governors play a key role in the leadership of the school although often unseen by parents and other community stakeholders. This report is one way in which the Governing Body articulates its role in school leadership and the impact which they have on school improvement.

Training

  1. members of the Governing Body receive training in good practice and new initiatives; supporting the school in working towards its priorities. A training record is maintained.

Governors have received bespoke training from a Senior School Improvement Officer on the ‘Governors’ requirements for an Ofsted inspection’ and ‘Understanding Raise Online and the Inspection Dashboard’.

  1. impact of this is that the Governing Body is kept abreast of its responsibilities with regard to the latest requirements and expectations, and has the knowledge to challenge SLT.

 

IMPACT OF THE FULL GOVERNING BODY MEETINGS

Headteacher’s Appraisal

Several governors have undertaken headteacher appraisal training. The Governing Body agrees the Headteacher’s appraisal annually. 3 Governors form a committee to carry out the appraisal. Expert assistance is taken from an independent educational advisor. Different sources of information, eg. pupil conferencing, data analysis, enable us to ensure that conclusions drawn from various sources are correct.

The appraisal process allows us to look closely at the performance of the Headteacher, have discussions about areas of strength and areas for development. We set targets against which the Headteacher’s performance is evaluated.

The impact of this is that Governors and Headteacher understand and agree the areas to develop so that the quality of provision in the school is enhanced. This also enables Governors to challenge the Headteacher and identify how good practice within school is being shared for the whole school to benefit and how weaknesses are being addressed.

 

Safeguarding

This remains of paramount concern and importance to all Governors. We have a highly experienced Governor specifically linked to this area. The Governor meets the Headteacher, who is the Designated Safeguarding Leader, on a regular basis to discuss systems and procedures. He conducts an extensive annual audit, monitors the Single Central Register and ensures all training is up to date, including Government initiatives, such as Prevent. He reports to the Full Governing Body. As a result Governors are confident that children’s welfare and safeguarding is given the highest priority.

 

Premises

Health & Safety remains a key activity for the Governing Body. A named Governor, with specific training, continues to support the school on health and safety procedures, including conducting 3 full site inspections annually. Concerns/issues are discussed with the Headteacher and School Bursar. When necessary, matters are referred to Bristol City Council. As a result the school is a safe place for pupils to learn and staff to work.

 

Policies

A working party specifically to deal with the review and adoption of policies has been established. Policies are considered as a standing item on agendas. The actions of the working party are reported back to the Governing Body. As a result Governors consider and influence school policy and direction.

 

Communication

Governors are given detailed reports tri-annually by the Headteacher and regularly by SLT and Core Subject Leaders. The Headteacher and Chair of Governors meet regularly to discuss school matters. Governors attend as many school events and functions as possible. They look forward to these visits immensely as they contribute to the whole picture of this busy and happy school.

 

IMPACT OF THE OUTCOMES, STANDARDS & ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Action

Impact

Evidence

To raise achievement of Disadvantaged pupils in all subjects across the school

Disadvantaged pupils’ progress is further accelerated in reading, writing & maths to raise % of disadvantaged pupils meeting expected standard.

  • Raise online data,
  • Inspection dashboard,
  • School tracking data
  • Link Governor reports, Minutes of meetings,
  • Core visit reports

To raise attainment of EAL pupils in maths/number across the school

EAL pupils’ progress is further accelerated in maths to raise % of EAL pupils meeting expected standard.

To raise achievement of boys in all subjects across the school

Boys’ progress in reading, writing and maths is further accelerated to raise % of boys meeting expected standard.

To develop parental support for learning

Increased parental engagement at workshops, events & with the Friends’ of Chester Park Infant School.

  • Home/school diaries
  • Parent Questionnaires
  • Workshops /Topic talks
  • Open Evenings

To develop middle leadership

Leadership is more widely shared across the staff team.

  • Headteachers Performance Management Annual report,
  • Subject Leader reports
  • Lesson observations

To drive the school improvement agenda by closely monitoring and evaluating the impact of actions being taken to address the key issues identified for improvement from the Ofsted report.

Link visits

Following the school’s Ofsted inspection in January ’15 the Governing Body and senior leaders developed the role of Link Governors working with core subject leaders and senior leaders to discuss progress towards the schools improvement priorities.

The cycle for discussion, conferencing and work scrutiny is being developed and already is impacting giving Governors a broader knowledge of the school’s position and next steps. This allows governors to both challenge and support the staff team.

  1. currently have Link Governors for Mathematics, Literacy, Disadvantaged & More-able and Early Years provision. Link Governor Reports are completed and reported back to the Governing Body. Link Governors agree that their knowledge of the subject and of the school has increased. They find the link visit a valuable opportunity to question and help them to fulfil a core function of holding the Headteacher and senior leaders to account for the performance and progress of pupils. Governors are also looking at ways to improve parental engagement.

 

Impact of the Finance and Resources Committee

To oversee the financial performance of the school and ensuring its expenditure meets best value and value for money principles.

Governors meet on a regular basis with the School Bursar to monitor budgets and finances. The Finance Governor has an extensive financial background which supports both the school and the Governing Body. The impact is to ensure the school’s funding is put to good use.

Action

Impact

Evidence

Create a school budget which reflects a balanced and sustainable budget to ensure the needs of pupils on roll are met.

Raising pupil’s achievement,

Narrowing the Gap for Pupil Premium pupils

Budget Working Papers, Outturn Reports, Pupil Premium Report, Sports Funding report, Benchmarking charts. Continuing Professional Development record

Carry out the School Financial Value Standard (SFVS)following the prescribed timetable

All financial regulations are met.

SFVS Audit

Monitor and annually update the Management Section of the School Improvement Plan

Identification of and meeting priorities for improvement and maintenance of staffing, premises and resources.

School Improvement Plan. Health & Safety reports, Subject Development Plans.

 

Impact of the Pay & Discipline Committee

Review of Pay & Appraisal policies including the approval of teaching staff pay recommendations. To consider and approve all matters relating to staffing and personnel.

Meetings are called to update the Pay & Appraisal polices to ensure the annual review reflects the current School Teachers Pay and Conditions Document. The teacher pay recommendations from the Headteacher are discussed by the committee before approval is sought from the full Governing Body. Additional meetings are held as staffing matters occur. The impact is that staff are appropriately paid for their job roles, responsibilities and impact.

 

GOVERNORS DETAILS

Governor details including terms of office and roles and responsibilities are published on the school website in line with national requirements. The Governor’s declaration of Business and Pecuniary interests is kept by the Clerk to the Governors and the register is published on the school website. All Governors have completed a pen portrait and this has been published on the school website alongside their photos. Please click the appropriate tabs to view.

 

Meetings

Governor attendance at meetings is published on the school website. Please click on tab to view. Attendance remains very good. The Governing Body reconstituted, in line with legislation in June 2015.