- The Full Governing Body will consist of:
- Governors as detailed in the Instrument of Governance
- Head Teacher or nominated representative
- Associate governors as agreed with FGB
- Chair and Vice Chair:
- The Chair and Vice Chair of this committee will be identified and elected by the Full Governing Body.
- The Chair and Vice Chair of the Full Governing Body will serve a 2 year term.
- After a 2 Year term the Chair and Vice Chair of the Full Governing Body will be subject to a review by the Full Governing Body.
- Should the Chair or Vice Chair resign from their position the Full Governing Body will identify and elect their replacement.
- Members of the Full Governing Body will undertake training relevant to their designated roles and the business the Full Governing Body.
- Governors will abide by the code of conduct as ratified by the Full Governing Body.
- The relevant governors should familiarise themselves with the expectations of Ofsted in relation to the Constitution for the Full Governing Body.
- The Full Governing Body will meet twice in the Autumn term and at least once in the Spring and Summer terms.
- The meetings will be minuted by the clerk. The minutes will be available on a shared drive within ten working days of the meeting being held
- The Full Governing Body will keep a record of all meetings.
- 6 Governors and the Head Teacher (or a nominated representative) will represent a Quorum
- The Full Governing Body may invite other governors or people with expertise to attend as it finds necessary.
- The Full Governing Body will not meet without the Head Teacher (or a nominated representative) being present.
Terms of Reference (TOR)
The Role and Responsibilities of the Full Governing Body (FGB) are to:
- Establish and develop the strategic direction of the school in collaboration with the headteacher/senior management team, staff, parents and other stakeholders
- Act as a critical friend to the school and be accountable for its decisions
- Review FGB ‘Instrument of Government’ as appropriate to ensure the governing body has the skills and capacity to move the school forward
- Review the Governor’s Code of conduct annually
- Review and monitor key statutory requirements and school policies as identified in the “School Policy Review Cycle Document” .
- Agree and review the mission and aims of the school as required and/or deemed appropriate
- Monitor and review the school’s progress (delegated to relevant committees – see Terms of Reference for each committee) in relation to:
- The appropriateness of the Curriculum, including statutory requirements
- Pupil achievement, progress,attainment and standards and how they are assessed and reported
- The quality of leadership and management at all levels
- The quality of teaching provided by teaching staff and other staff supporting pupil learning
- Pupil safety
- Standard of pupil behaviour
- The effective deployment of resources
- Relevant policies, targets and priorities as appropriate
- Delegate Full Governing Body responsibilities to committees as agreed (see Terms of Reference for committees and 5 above)
- Agree the overall progress made by the school (on an annual basis) with the Headteacher/senior management as identified in the school self assessment document and agree key priorities through the School Development Plan for the following academic year
- Identify and review priorities for Governing Body Improvement and delegate to relevant committees
- To continue to develop the partnership with parents, carers and the pupils and to seek their views in helping the governing body, senior management and all staff in moving the school forward
Key FGB Procedures:
- Agree the ‘Instrument of Governance’
- Hold at least 3 FGB meetings per year and, in addition, hold a FGB meeting annually to review the overall progress of the school
- Set up committees with Terms of Reference (TOR) and delegate FGB responsibilities as appropriate
- Agree annually the dates and times of other committees - delegated to the chairs of each committee
- Identify governors assigned specific responsibilities and the reporting mechanism
- Undertake a regular audit of skills (normally every 2 years) needed to develop the FGB, identify ‘gaps’ in required skills and address this through governor development and/or enhancing the membership of the FGB/committees
- Enable governors to access training to support their role and future development
- Ensure appropriate election and/or selection of governors, and specifically advise parents and carers of any parent governor vacancies, all staff of staff governor vacancies and to appoint co-opted governors
- Appoint associate governors and/or agree appointment recommended by relevant committees in order to enhance the capacity and skills set of the governing body
- Governing Body meetings will be open to the public with minutes available except for Part II business
- Appoint or remove the clerk
- Elect a Chair and Vice Chair of the FGB annually
- Agree and review annually the delegation of powers to other committees (see TORs)
- Set dates of meetings (FGB and other committees) for the year ahead
- Annually review ‘Instrument of Governance’
- Review status of school, annually
- Consider the suspension of a governor or governors
- Provide induction for new governors
- Encourage governors to visit school and to review, adopt and monitor a governors’ visit policy and feedback procedure
- Ensure at least 3 governors are appointed and trained to complete the Headteacher’s Performance Management.
- Maintain and update annually a file of pecuniary interest declarations
- Review, adopt and monitor a governors’ expenses policy and curriculum policy
- Ratify the annual budget taking account of:
- The need for financial stability
- Appropriate deployment of resources including staffing levels and deployment
- Succession Planning
- Meeting the requirements of external bodies
- Maintain a schedule of statutory policies and ensure committees monitor and review such policies against agreed timescales, and ensure such policies are in place
- Develop and implement a communication strategy for parents and carers
Key statutory requirements and school policies to be monitored and reviewed by the FGB Committee:
- Ratify the budget
- Instrument of Governance
- Premises management documents
- Equality information and objectives
- School information published on a website
- Register of business interests of headteacher and governors
- Statement of procedures for dealing with allegations of abuse against staff
- Reports from Chairs of Committees
- The Full Governing Body items in the Governor Improvement Plan
- Headteacher’s Report (including forthcoming activities) that are not reported by Chairs of Committees or are interim to committee meetings
- The following items may be useful in helping you understand the role of the Full Governing Body:
This Constitution has been agreed by the Full Governing Body on 4/12/2014