Strategic Ambitions

  • Focus 1: An effective full governing body with range of skills
  • Focus 2: To ensure the school’s progress against main priorities
  • Focus 3: Growth and development of school
  • Focus 4: Good communication with parents, staff, and pupils

Term

Focus

Committee /specific governor / FGB

Autumn

  • Appoint new Chair or Co-chairs following planned departure of outgoing co-chairs
  • Review of governance structure to consider relevance and effectiveness for 2021/2022 school year
  • Election of governors to specific posts for the 2020/2021 school year

Whole governing body

Whole governing body

Individual governors, but to be reviewed by whole governing body

Spring

  • Governor Monitoring training – remote if covid restricted (25th Mar 21)
  • Headteacher Performance Management and staff salary review
  • Review of school’s financial management versus the budget agreed in Summer Term 2020 (SFVS)
  • Safeguarding monitoring audits – remote if covid restricted
  • Curriculum training for governors – remote if covid restricted (11th Feb 21)
  • Safeguarding training for all governors – remote if covid restricted (5th Mar 21)
  • Governor Skills Evaluation Audit
  • Prevent training for all governors - online training

Exercise for whole governing body

Helen Smith/Helen White

Lead DH

Lead KL

Whole governing body

Whole governing body

Whole governing body

Whole governing body (CW co-ordinating)

Whole governing body

Summer

  • Governor Monitoring Visits - to resume following covid restrictions
  • Review of school’s financial management versus the budget agreed in Summer Term 2020
  • Finance training for governors (27th Apr 21)
  • Ofsted training for governors (25th Mar 21)
  • Governing Body Effectiveness Review (date TBA – contacted Anotnia Praud)
  • Governing body members to attend staff meetings (not included in any part of the agenda discussing individual pupils)

See table below - Individual governors, but to be reviewed by whole GB

Whole governing body

Whole governing body

Whole governing body

Whole governing body

Whole governing body

What do we want to improve?

How will we go about it?

When will it happen and be completed?

What will success look like/ what is the impact?

SIP Development Plan Reference

To consider the skills and competencies of the school’s governing body

Completion of individual skills audit forms to identify skills, competencies and experience to determine where gaps may exist so that these can be addressed through training. 

To be undertaken and completed by the Clerk of Governors by the end of the Summer term. 

Governor then to arrange appropriate training for governors as requested. 

Focus 1: An effective full governing body with range of skills

To develop the skills of the new co-chairs

HS/HW to attend relevant training and also seek advice from other chairs within the local authority as and when needed.

HS/HW to complete safer recruitment training

HS/HW to attend relevant training throughout the year.

Focus 1: An effective full governing body with range of skills

To ensure that governor’s knowledge of the school is up to date and relevant

Governors to undertake individual learning walks/monitoring visits on a regular basis but to ensure that they visit each school once per term to formally meet with school staff. 

Learning walks agreed with LJW in advance to ensure availability of the staff etc.  Governor monitoring visits to be undertaken in April and July (subject to covid restrictions being lifted) as per the Governors’ Programme of work for 2020 -21

Focus 2: To ensure the school’s progress against main priorities

Ensure that objectives and targets for the school are consistent and flow down from the Headteacher’s objectives.

Completion of Headteacher’s Performance Management.  Ensuring SMART objectives that are then consistent with individual staff objectives and targets for the 2020 -21 year

Initial Performance Management meeting in Jan 2021 with a review date agreed in Spring and Summer term 

Focus 2: To ensure the school’s progress against main priorities

Governing body to review its own effectiveness

Governing body to complete an effectiveness review utilising the services of a third party to ensure a frank and honest review of its strengths and weaknesses.

All governors to participate in exercise Summer term 2021

Focus 1: An effective full governing body with range of skills

School’s effective management of its budget

HS/HW to attend review meetings on budget reports in conjunction with LJW and the bursar to ensure effective feedback to the governing body.

HS/HW to review budget monitoring reports once per month and then to provide verbal feedback to the governors at the following FGB by exception.

Any material variances to be identified immediately and fed back to the school for comment and or action as required. 

Focus 3: Growth and development of school

Election of governors for 2020/2021 and posts for the 2020/2021 year

Governor recruitment will be a focus throughout the school year to ensure that there is the appropriate balance of skills, experience within the governing body and that it remains 

Governor vacancies and structure to continue to be a standing agenda item at each FGB so that the pre-emptive action can be taken. 

Focus 4: Good communication with parents, staff, and pupils

Inform the wider school community about the role of the governing body

Ensure governing body profiles are circulated in school newsletters as a regular item ‘get to know your governors’ article.

Parents and staff will be more informed about the role of the governing body with the aim to encourage more parents to volunteer into this role

Focus 4: Good communication with parents, staff, and pupils

Safeguarding and SEND Governor – Kate Layfield

Finance Governors – Helen White & Helen Smith (interim until vacancy filled)

Health & Safety Governor – David Hall

Governor Monitoring Visits (to monitor progress towards targets in the School Improvement Plan) to take place:

Date

School

Focus

Governor lead

13th May 2021

Ripley

To monitor the application of the new sequenced curriculum and discuss with staff how this is evidenced

HW

11th May 2021

Kettlesing

To ensure the progress to develop handwriting skills in key stage one so that all pupils develop a legible handwriting style and discuss with staff the progress being made (inc H&S walk)

DH

14th May 2021

Beckwithshaw

Ensure progress towards mathematics is consistently in line with national averages and discuss with teaching staff how this is improving

HS

HALF TERM

Ripley

TBD at FGB meeting 20th May (inc H&S walk)

Kettlesing

TBD at FGB meeting 20th May

Beckwithshaw

TBD at FGB meeting 20th May (inc H&S walk)

Emerging Ideas for 2021/22 linked to strategy:

  • A planned series of engagement with pupils/staff/parents using surveys and focus groups
  • To develop an annual report to share with the wider federation community
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