General

Governors' Committees will have delegated functions/powers. Working and task Groups will not have delegated functions/powers and will prepare recommendations for consideration by the full governing body.

The Headteacher shall attend all Committees and all Working Groups; other than those from which Headteachers are precluded from being members by the School Governing Body Regulations, i.e. Discipline; Dismissal (Personnel) and Dismissal Appeals (Personnel Appeals). The Chair of Governors shall be a voting member of CSS, Personnel and Resources Committees. All other governors will be a member of either CSS or Resources.

Representatives from each of those two committees will serve on the Personnel Committee.

Conduct of Committee Meetings

This shall be the same as for meetings of the Governing Body i. e. the current Education (School Government) Regulations will be followed: -

  1. Members will be entitled (under normal circumstances) to 7 days written notice of a meeting and an agenda for the meeting.
  2. Minutes of all meetings will be kept in a central secure place within the school.
  3. At meetings any governor who declares an interest in any matter under discussion must physically leave the meeting.
  4. The quorum for a meeting of a committee shall be determined by that committee but shall not less than 3 members of that committee.

Clerks to Committees

The Governing Body is aware that the School Governing Body Regulations requires it to appoint a clerk to all Committees. Working Groups will appoint/elect a Secretary.

Curriculum, Standards and Students Committee

Membership of Curriculum, Standards and Students Committee
Any member of the Governing Body can elect to join the committee at a meeting of the Full Governing Body. The Chair will be appointed by the FGB. All other governors will also be able to attend as non-voting observers. The quorum will be no fewer than 3 governors.

Aims, Objectives and Responsibilities
The primary purpose of this Committee shall be to ensure the quality of education offered by the school in terms of the curriculum offered, standards and progress achieved, and support and challenge to all students.

  1. Advise the governing body that statutory curriculum requirements are met by the school, ensure delivery of the National Curriculum and monitor the delivery of the curriculum and teaching and learning.
  2. Ensure that appropriate targets are set for individual students, groups and year cohorts, with regular monitoring of progress, including students who attract Pupil Premium funding support (this latter in conjunction with the Resources Committee).
  3. Ensure that assessment of students is regular, appropriate, accurate and fed back to students and parents and across the staff..
  4. Advise the governing body on all matters relating to the quality of the curriculum and academic outcomes (Attainment and Progress), trends and comparison with national data.
  5. Monitor the delivery of Special Educational Needs - in particular - to liaise with the school's governor with responsibility for special educational needs.
  6. Review regularly the governors' statutory responsibility for Religious Education, Sex Education and Collective Worship.
  7. Review published information about the school.
  8. Consider the school Policy/ies on Behaviour and Attendance for approval by the full governing body
  9. Monitor school Policies for Behaviour and Attendance.
  10. Ensure that attendance and admissions registers are kept and trends reviewed.
  11. Ensure maintenance of awareness of staff regarding polices adopted, e.g. child abuse, drug abuse and bullying.
  12. Ensure that governors are aware of the 'Student Voice' and include both students and parents in governor consultations.
  13. Contribute towards the School Improvement and Development Plan.

Personnel Committee

Membership of Personnel Committee
The membership of the Personnel Committee shall comprise the Chair of Personnel (nominated by the FGB), the Chair of Governing Body, the Chairs of the CSS and Resources groups and one other. No staff governor, other than the Headteacher, may be a member of the Personnel Committee. The quorum will be no fewer than 3 governors, which must include the Headteacher.

Aims, Objectives and Responsibilities
The primary purpose is to ensure that the school operates within the strictures of current employment legislation, procedures that may be defined by the governing body and where appropriate seek the advice of the Headteacher, LA Human Resources Department or other appropriate persons. To -

  1. Decide or, where required by law, to recommend to the Governing Body, overall procedures for appointing staff
  2. Review and recommend with the Head Teacher the staffing structure of the school, the number of staff at the School and the level of the posts.
  3. Exercise the governing body's functions in relation to the employment of all staff employed by the governing body, with the exception of hearing appeals against decisions that may be taken by this committee.
  4. Monitor the accuracy of the Single Register.
  5. Ensure that all members of staff have up to date job descriptions. The Head Teacher will have the delegated powers to produce job descriptions.
  6. Monitor staff development as required by the school development plan.
  7. Agree and recommend to FGB the policy for Performance Management of all staff and ensure the HT monitoring the delivery of that policy.
  8. Exercise the functions of the governing body as detailed in the governing body's Whole School Pay Policy.
  9. Liaise, when required with the Cornwall Council Human Resources
  10. Advertise Head Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher vacancies nationally and convene selection panels for such appointments
  11. Ensure the appropriate conduct all disciplinary, grievance and capability hearings.
  12. Make such staffing decisions as may from time-to-time be delegated by the Governing Body
  13. Provide guidance to the Head Teacher and Governing Body on staffing matters
  14. To ensure that governors receive appropriate training, for example to enable them to provide Safer Recruitment procedures.

First Hearing Committee and Hearing Appeals Committee

Members of Appeals Committee
Hearing Committee membership will be specified by the Chair of Governors and Chair of Personnel, one of whom will Chair the First Committee and one the Appeal Committee.

Quorum
Not fewer than three, the Appeal Committee to be at least as many as the First Hearing Committee.

Responsibilities - 
To consider:

  1. Disciplinary, grievance and capability hearings.
  2. Application of the Governors' Whole School Pay Policy.

Procedures

  1. To operate within the strictures of current employment legislation, procedures that may be defined by the governing body and where appropriate, consider the advice of the Headteacher, LA HR Department or other appropriate persons.
  2. To operate within the procedures as laid down within the governing body's Whole School Pay Policy.

Discipline (Student Exclusions) Committee 

Responsibilities - To exercise the functions of the governing body in relation to pupil exclusion.
Resources Committee

Membership

  1. Any member of the Governing Body who elects to join the Committee at a meeting of the Full Governing Body. The Chair will be nominated by the FGB, All other governors will also be able to attend as non-voting observers. The quorum will be no fewer than 3 Governors.

Aims, Objectives and Responsibilities
The primary purpose of this Committee shall be to ensure the quality of education provision offered by the school by making the most effective use of all available resources (except personnel) for teaching and learning. This Committee will have responsibility for advising and monitoring the strategic planning and operational management of Brannel School premises (community and school use), Health and Safety, catering, and financial responsibilities This Committee will ensure that the Head Teacher and Staff operate within statutory and Local Authority regulations for schools and colleges. To -

  1. Review financial planning and advise the Head Teacher on the preparation of the first formal budget plan each financial year
  2. Submit the Financial Plan to the Governing Body for approval and consider and approve any proposed revisions to the budget plan during the course of the year
  3. Review expenditure termly, or if requested by the Head Teacher, more frequently
  4. Make such financial decisions as may from time-to-time be delegated by the Governing Body or as may be determined by the Governors' Policy for Financial Delegation. This will include the monitoring of funds specifically allocated for Pupil Premium.
  5. Investigate financial irregularities
  6. Review with the Head Teacher, all proposed new or amended contracts in excess of £20,000
  7. Approve charges levied to external providers using the School Premises for Community Use or Private Hire
  8. Review written polices and maintain such Standing Orders and Financial Regulations as are necessary to enable governors to discharge their responsibilities
  9. Retain an overview of the use of the school premises both during and outside the school day
  10. Ensure an ethos of Community cohesion by making the school premises available for Community use
  11. Advise the Governing Body on matters for shared or delegated control of the premises
  12. Ensure that all measures within the power of the Governing Body are taken to ensure that the school premises are safe and not hazardous to the health of staff, pupils or visitor
  13. Nominate a Working Group, as and when necessary, to undertake specific tasks relating to Health and Safety
  14. Be aware of and take appropriate action on Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance for educational establishments
  15. Inspect the premises and grounds annually, review risk assessments and prepare a statement of priorities for maintenance and development for inclusion in the budget or for expenditure from other relevant funding
  16. Ensure appropriate support and input from appropriate authorities
  17. Including the LA, the police, the fire brigade and the HSE review the school Financial Plan for capital expenditure on premises and associated capital equipment
  18. Generally support and advise the Head Teacher in the day-to-day management of the premises
  19. Consult with parents, pupils and the wider community and advise on new buildings