Governors Statement and Impact Report 2016
The role of the governing body is an intrinsic part of the leadership of the school. The governors’ handbook published by the Department of Education clearly sets out the core functions of the governing body.
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of the staff; and
- Overseeing the financial management of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
The work of the governing body is to ensure that these requirements are met.
We were rated as a good school at our last Ofsted Inspection in January 2013. Our aim must be to at least keep this standard after the recent changes to curriculum and assessment and move on towards outstanding in all aspects.
School Improvement Plan (SIP)
This sets the aims for the current year and is formulated and agreed by the Headteacher, staff and governors.
Key priorities for 2016/17
- Continue to promote reading for pleasure and oral storytelling to promote love of literature and to learn story structure for the children’s own writing.
- Maintain our success in mathematics by planning to get maximum and diverse maths from single tasks/ problem solving and simultaneously improving the children’s ability (using P4C techniques) to explain and question their mathematical reasoning, so that all groups of pupils progress well and achieve well in mathematics
- ASSESSMENT OF FOUNDATION SUBJECTS. Further improve assessment and reporting of the foundation subjects now that assessment of the core has been established under the new system.
- SOCIAL MORAL, SPIRITUAL and CULTURAL EDUCATION. Continue to ensure SMSC (with particular reference to British Values and the Prevent agenda) has a high profile throughout the curriculum, links with everyday learning and is reflected in the schools values and its day-to-day operation.
- Maintain the highest QUALITY OF TEACHING.
- Maintain excellent SAFEGUARDING PRACTICE.
The SIP sets a clear timetable for management and staff which is closely monitored by the governors at Full Governing Body (FGB) meetings by way of reports and questions and also in more detail at the regular Standards Committee meetings where progress, or lack of, is identified and challenged. The plan is evaluated constantly and necessary changes are noted for SIP revision.
Governors visit the school as part of their monitoring of the SIP and also on specific issues where governors have sought a monitoring role eg. Spelling and grammar, improving handwriting, Mind the Gap (looking at children with SEN, Free School Meals (FSM) and Children Looked After (CLA)) and multiplication tables. These governors report back to the FGB on a regular basis. The Chair of Governors makes regular visits to school for talks with the Headteacher and other staff about progress and summative data, current national and local issues and to monitor the Single Central Register.
Data, summative and progress, is subject to governor scrutiny at both FGB and Committee meeting. RAISEonline analysis is presented to a FGB meeting and comparisons with both local and national schools are made. When looking at our own data, particular scrutiny is placed on pupil progress across all ability groups including SEN, FSM and More Able children. Effective use of pupil premium is monitored regularly.
Governors review all relevant policies throughout the year to ensure that they are up to date and relevant to the school, Department for Education and Hampshire County Council (HCC) requirements.
The Resources Committee drives the Financial Management of the school and ensures that the spending is within the budget. Value for money is a high priority at all times. The Chair of Resources is a qualified Chartered Accountant and carries out random checks and examines how spending on items like IT equipment is being used to enhance the children’s education.
The Headteacher and members of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and two governors are trained in Safer Recruitment and ensure that any new appointments meet the schools ethos, values and high aspirations.
Governor Meetings and Governor Training
Governor meetings are well attended and any absences are fully explained and, where approved, formally accepted. Larger committees have a chair and a vice-chair and meet regularly during every term. Governor training is provided by both Hampshire Governor Services and also in-house. All new governors attend an Induction course and are then advised by the Training and Development Governor which courses are best completed to improve their understanding and performance on the relevant committees. Due account is taken of previous experience by reference to a skills analysis which all governors complete on joining the FGB. Special emphasis is given to Safeguarding. The governing body will take part in a Whole Governing Body Training (WGBT) session at least once every 12 months.
Health and Safety
Health and Safety has a high profile at Redlands due in part to the experience and knowledge of a governor who worked in this field for BAE Systems. He set the standard which we try to meet. Regular Health and Safety walks take place with both staff and governors plus children from the school council. The Health and Safety Committee meets regularly and reports back to the FGB. We recently had a whole school lockdown exercise which worked according to plan. Fire drills take place and target times are met. We recently completed a glass safety review as part of a HCC initiative.
Friends of Redlands (FoR)
The school is supported by a Parents Group who raise money and have provided excellent support for many projects including resources for Shakespeare Week, funding for an artist to come in to create sculptures with the children for Take One Poem week as well as the erection of an activity trail in the school playground. Governors fully support Friends of Redlands and the current Chair of FoR is a governor.
2016 has been a year where our improvements both within the school and within the governing body have been consolidated and the overwhelming majority of children made good progress and achieved well. We continue to be aware of changes within the national and local context for education and are committed to responding where changes are statutory or where they have clear benefits for Redlands children and families. The governing body are clear that we are aiming for an outstanding judgement and are gradually moving closer to that goal.
We want Redlands to be a school that the local community can be proud of and the governing body will do all that they can to make that a reality.