Terms of Reference

Curriculum, Standards & Effectiveness

Membership

The membership of the committee shall be reviewed and determined annually by the governing body.

The committee will elect a chair from within its own membership.

Non-voting participants may be invited to meetings by the committee as and when required.

Quorum

The quorum shall be a minimum of 3 governors, including the headteacher, but excluding any associate members.

Meetings

The clerk to the committee shall be responsible for convening meetings of the committee. Procedures of any meetings held must be minuted and these minutes presented for the next meeting of the governing body.

The committee shall meet at least once a term and otherwise as required.

Responsibilities

The main function of the committee is to advise the headteacher and governing body on matters concerning the school curriculum, in particular:

  • To ensure that the curriculum provided meets the statutory requirements, including those for reporting.
  • To review the aims of the school curriculum in relation to the current statutory requirements, including those for Religious Education, Collective Worship and Sex Education.
  • To review and recommend home-school agreement to the governing body.
  • To advise on ways in which governors can be involved in curriculum aspects of the School Development/Improvement Plan and the Self Evaluation Form.
  • To prepare or review any curriculum policy document which is the responsibility of the governing body.
  • To make recommendations to the governing body on assessment policies, or arrangements.
  • To consider all the available data provided by the school and the local authority and to set and publish targets within the statutory time frames.
  • To monitor pupil progress in relation to the targets set and with specific reference to particular groups.
  • To monitor the impact of curriculum policies and planning on students’ learning.
  • To contribute to the School Profile or its successor.
  • To receive reports from the nominated governors, as decided by the whole governing body.
  • To be mindful of the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act.

Premises and Resources

Membership

The membership of the committee shall be reviewed and determined annually by the governing body.

The committee will elect a chair from within its own membership.

Non-voting participants may be invited to meetings by the committee as and when required.

Quorum

The quorum shall be a minimum of 3 governors, including the headteacher, but excluding any associate members.

Meetings

The clerk to the committee shall be responsible for convening meetings of the committee. Procedures of any meetings held must be minuted and these minutes presented for the next meeting of the governing body.

The committee shall meet at least once a term and otherwise as required.

Finance Responsibilities

  • To provide guidance and assistance to the headteacher and the governing body on all financial issues.
  • To recommend to the governing body internal financial regulations for the financial management of the school in accordance with guidance issued by the Authority.
  • To consider budget plans presented by the headteacher and to make recommendations to the governing body for approval.
  • To consider budget monitoring reports relating to all public funds (ie school budget share and any other funds delegated and devolved by the LA, including Standards Fund) and make recommendations to the governing body.
  • To recommend virements between budget headings where the value is in excess of the sum delegated to the headteacher under the school’s internal financial regulations.
  • To consider and make recommendations on all school finance policies and their implementation, including those relating to charges and remissions, lettings and income.
  • To contribute to the school’s development plan and ensure it includes consideration of the longer term resource requirements of the school.
  • To consider the appropriate level of reserves and balances bearing in mind guidance produced by the Authority.
  • To consider audit reports and other relevant reports and make recommendations to the governing body.
  • To consider appropriate arrangements to attain/continue to meet the Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS).
  • To consider and advise on any financial matter referred to it by the governing body.
  • To respond, on behalf of the governing body, to any consultations relating to the Scheme of Delegation or the Funding of Schools.

Premises Responsibilities

  • To exercise delegated responsibility for the condition, repair, extension or alteration of premises
  • To inspect annually the premises and grounds and prepare a statement of priorities for maintenance and development for the approval of the governing body.
  • To advise the governing body on major projects deemed to be necessary or appropriate.
  • To work with relevant partners and consultants to ensure that new buildings and improvements, as agreed with the governing body, are progressed and where appropriate that the payments are made.
  • To act on behalf of the governing body in monitoring the implementation and progress of all building related plans.
  • To monitor the maintenance and upkeep of the school premises and grounds.
  • Where it is the responsibility of the governing body, to make recommendations to the governing body on the appointment of consultants or the providers of premises related services.
  • To determine the use of the school premises outside school session time including advice to the governing body on a possible charging policy which must be determined by the governing body.
  • To provide support and guidance to the headteacher on all matters relating to the school premises and grounds, security and health and safety.
  • To ensure that arrangements are in place for the dissemination of health and safety information to all building users, including staff, pupils and visitors.
  • To review the school’s health and safety policy as and when required and to advise, along with the headteacher, the governing body with regard to its compliance with health and safety regulations.
  • To monitor accident reports and fire drills and where appropriate recommend and take advice on remedial action.
  • To ensure the school complies with health and safety regulations, including that a regular audit of risk assessment is undertaken and to take action where necessary.
  • To promote co-operation between all employees at the school to achieve and to maintain a safe and healthy workplace for staff and pupils.
  • To examine safety inspection reports and to make recommendations where remedial action is required.
  • To be mindful of the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act.
Health and Safety Committee

The governing body’s responsibilities for health and safety may be carried out by:

  • a Health and Safety Committee
  • including the health and safety remit within the terms of reference of another Committee
  • appointing a Health and Safety Governor with designated responsibilities.

The governing body’s responsibilities for health and safety are often incorporated in the remit of the Premises Committee. A further committee may be required by the Safety Representatives and Safety Committee Regulations 1977, which states that if two union members formally request a safety committee to be set up, this must be done within three months. Representation on this committee is usually from the school staff. In any event, the Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996 extends the right of consultation on health and safety matters to all workers, not just those represented by trade union representatives.

Objectives

The objectives are broadly similar:

  1. Prepare and review Health and Safety Policy
  2. Study accident reports and statistics
  3. Examine safety inspection reports
  4. Analyse and implement information provided by the LA
  5. Develop safe systems of work
  6. Determine risk assessments
  7. Promote and review safety culture
  8. Communicate health and safety issues to all concerned
  9. Identify training requirements
  10. Act as a school safety forum
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