A brief guide to the Role of the Governing Body
- Ensure that policies are in place and school meets statutory requirements.
- Hear appeals/complaints about curriculum matters.
Religious Education (RE) and Collective Worship
- Arrange for RE to be provided in accordance with the agreed syllabus.
- Arrange for daily Collective Worship for all pupils.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
- Ensure staff know the importance of identifying and helping pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
- Make every effort to meet needs of SEND pupils.
- Ensure teachers of pupils with SEND are aware of and provide for their individual needs.
- Inform the Local Authority about pupils who may need a EHCP.
- Ensure that pupils with SEND can join in school activities as far as is practicable.
- Decide how to spend the school’s delegated budget depending on any conditions in the LA scheme.
- Must be consulted by the LA on significant changes to the LA’s local management of schools’ scheme.
- Ensure accurate financial accounts are kept.
- Select the Headteacher.
- Decide staff numbers and appointments.
- Can exercise a range of pay discretion.
- Set disciplinary procedures.
- Hear staff grievances.
- Ensure that effective Performance Management Procedures are in place and are followed.
- Select Clerk to Governing Body.
- Admit pupils whose parents have chosen the school, where places are available.
- May comment on LA admissions arrangements when consulted annually.
- Can ask the LA to raise admissions limit for their school.
- Must not discriminate against pupils, job applications or staff on grounds of sex, race, disability or marital status in line with current legislation.
Discipline and Attendance
- Must agree the statement on discipline.
- Consider representations about exclusion.
- Ensure attendance registers are kept.
- Must report on unauthorised attendances in the school prospectus.
- Decide the duration of school sessions.
- Must supply the LA with any written information asked for – e.g. financial information and reports, annual returns.
- Supply parents with comparative information on school’s performance (via website).
- Ensure the School’s website is up to date and accessible to parents.
- Maintain pupils’ educational records and allow access.
- Provide other statutory reports on data as appropriate in line with current legislation.
- Notify parents and other relevant bodies of pending inspection.
- Provide information to registered inspector.
- Distribute Inspection Report and summary.
- Draw up action plan if required by OFSTED.
.Health, Safety and Welfare
- Make sure buildings, equipment and materials are safe and no risk to health in line with current legislation.
Charging for School Activities
- Determine the charging and remissions policy.
- May invite voluntary contributions.
- Ensure free provision of activities in school time.
- May charge for some activities provided out of school hours.
- Control the use of premises outside of the school day.
- Follow LA directions on community use outside school hours.