Governors

Lambeth Nursery Schools’ Federation and Children’s Centres

Overview of school governor responsibilities                                                      UPDATED 23rd October 2019   

There are 3 tables in this document showing different aspects of the governing body’s work and who is responsible:

  • Regular meetings of the Governing Body
  • Governors specific responsibilities and monitoring visits to the school
  • Committees/Panels that convene when required

 

Regular meetings of the Governing Body
Name of group Focus Who’s involved Named governors
Full governing body (FGB)

 

3 per year (1 each term)

See DfE Governance Handbook

See Delegation planner

All GB

 

All

Chair

Vice chair

Resources Committee (RC)

 

3 per year (1 each term)

See Terms of Reference

Key focus, overview of resources across all schools:

●     Finance

●     Premises including. Health and Safety

●     Human resources/staffing

●     Pay

Sub-group of FGB

Minimum of 6 govs including EHT

Hilda McNamara (Federation Business Manager (FBM)) attends

 

Rachel Hedley

Siobhan Turner – Chair

Paul Harrison

Bruce MacInnes

Daniel Brown

Vacancy

Kelly Lin

Umar Mahmood Qureshi

Anna Jones

Individual School Committees (ISC)

 

3 per year (1 each term)

See Terms of Reference

Key focus:

●     School Improvement Plans (SIP)

●     Achievement of children

●     Early Years Pupil Premium Plans

Sub-group of FGB

Executive Headteacher /Headteacher/ Head of School

Other stakeholders

Holmewood

Bruce MacInnes (Chair)

Victoria Ling

Tania Fricker

Maytree

Paul Harrison (Chair)

Vacancy

Melanie Miah

Triangle

Daniel Brown (Chair)

Vacancy

Luke Page

Effra

Umar Mahmood Qureshi

Anna Jones

Ethelred

Kelly Lin (Chair)

Vacancy

Umar Mahmood Qureshi

 

Governors with specific responsibilities – monitoring visits to the school
Each governor will be expected to know about the key strengths and areas for development within the school.   During an Ofsted inspection Governors will be asked how they monitor the school’s progress towards: reaching its targets in the School Improvement Plans; whether children are achieving well; how the quality of teaching and learning is monitored; what strategies are taken to improve this; and, how the schools are meeting the statutory duties.   Governors will visit the schools during the working day where possible to meet a member of staff to conduct their monitoring visit.
Responsibility School monitoring visit focus Who’s involved Named governors
Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Looked after Children (LAC/CLA) Governor (statutory role)

(3 visits annually)

Maintain an overview of SEND and LAC children’s attainment and progress and current issues.

Monitors areas of SIP relating to this.

Meet SENCOs termly.

1 named governor

(min)

Siobhan Turner
Safeguarding Governor (statutory role)

(3 visits annually)

Meet to review Safeguarding procedures and discuss issues.

Monitors Single Central Record spreadsheet.

Attends Child Protection Governor training.

Named person if an allegation is made against a member of staff (excluding EHT or Headteacher – Chair of Governors takes this role).

Monitors areas of SIP relating to this.

Meet member of staff termly.

1 named governor

(min)

 

Additional governor to support

Victoria Ling

 

 

Umar Mahmood Qureshi

Premises / Health and Safety Governor

(3 visits annually)

Conducts a walk around the schools.   Review procedures and discuss any key issues.

Monitors areas of SIP relating to this.

Meets FBM termly.

1 named governor

(min)

Paul Harrison
Children’s Centres Governor

(3 visits annually)

Obtains a deeper understanding of this area of work.

Monitors areas of SIP relating to this.

Meets Managers regularly.

1 named governor

(min)

Kelly Lin
Training and Skills Governor

(no visits)

Ensures governor effectiveness through the self-review, skills audit (every 2 years), induction and overseeing governor training.

Monitors areas of SIP relating to this.

Reports termly to GB.

Attends termly LA meeting.

1 named governor

(min)

Paul Harrison

 

 

Committees/Panels that convene when required
Committee/Panel Focus Who’s involved Named governors
Executive Headteacher’s PM Reviewers

(2 meetings annually each)

Training from Lambeth strongly advised (not a requirement).

1 meeting each with School Improvement Advisor in the Autumn term to review and set targets for academic year.

1 meeting mid-cycle, each, to review progress.

2 required

3 possible

Usually either Chair or Vice Chair but not both

Rachel Hedley PM

Bruce MacInnes

Siobhan Turner

Kelly Lin

 

Performance Management / Appraisal Appeals panel

(as required)

Training/advice from Lambeth.

Lambeth HR would advise and be present at any panel hearing.

3

(no staff)

Daniel Brown

Vacancy

Vacancy

Recruitment panel

(as required)

Usually one member to take part in selection process (agreeing advert, JD, shortlisting, interviewing).

Minimum of 2 governors (excluding staff) – must complete Safer Recruitment training and complete test.

More involvement required for recruitment of EHT/Headteacher.

Minimum of 2 governors (no staff) Umar Mahmood Qureshi

Siobhan Turner

 

Complaints

(as required)

See Complaints policy 3 Bruce MacInnes

Vacancy

Kelly Lin