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Governor Statement

Governor Statement – March 2018

Introduction

At Round Diamond School, we have a team of Governors who work closely with the Head Teacher and the school leadership team in order to continue to drive excellence in the achievements of our children, ensuring they all fulfil their potential. Through positive challenge, bringing our outside experiences in, and supporting the strategy of the school we look to help all the children at Round Diamond be responsible, determined and successful

 

Role of the Governing Body

The role of the Governing Body is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust

accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance. The Governing Body at Round Diamond Primary School is committed to both maintaining and exceeding these

high standards.

 

Every Governing Body has three core functions:

Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure money is well spent.

 

We have a Link Governors scheme where Governors are linked to all subjects taught within the school which allows close partnership with Governors and teaching staff as they demonstrate their skills, aims and ambitions of these subjects to us. With regular meetings, aligned to our Faculties, the impact of a link Governor is an in depth understanding of a subject, the reporting of it and plans for ongoing improvement.

 

The visits are then documented on a Governor Monitoring Form which details the visit, allowing Governors to inform fellow Governors on what they have learned during the visit, express what they have observed working well, whether anything needs clarification and any suggestions for improvement.

 

All members of the Governing Body receive training and attend events run by external bodies; this allows us to keep up-to-date with our responsibilities with regard to the latest requirements and expectations, as well as local and national Best Practice. The impact of this training is that Governors have the skills to hold leaders to account or to better analyse data for example. Lists of training attended and scheduled are kept and maintained by the training governor.

 

How we organise ourselves and make an impact

 

We are organised into 2 main committees, the Teaching and Learning Committee and the Resources Committee. In addition, we hold a Full Governing Body every term, and the chairs of the committees also sit on the Headteachers performance panel.

 

Within the Teaching and Learning Committee we review several different data sources, looking at the performance of the teaching and support staff, as well as the impact this is having on the attainment and achievement of the children at the school.

 

We look to see whether performance across the board is improving, whether there are any anomalies across the school, as well as whether any specific groups of children are doing better or worse than their peers.

 

We also look at school investment, and efforts to close any gaps that they have found, especially the use of Pupil Premium investment and Sports Premium. Data we use includes ASP, school learning walks, observations, HIP reports, as well as all other relevant external or internal information, in addition to governor visits.

 

Within the Resources Committee we review and monitor the budget, and other resources within the school. The resources committee also makes final decisions on some staffing activities, helps with talent management within the school (including succession planning for key roles), and makes sure we fulfil our regulatory obligations.

 

During full governing body meetings, we review all the outputs from committee meetings as well as continually monitor the School Action Plan. We receive comprehensive Head Teacher Reports relating to the SAP and monitor the progress towards achieving targets and goals.

 

In 2017

 

Specific highlights from the last year include:

 

  • Supporting the school during Ofsted, where the governors were interviewed by the Ofsted inspectors, and had to answer questions about aspects of the school and how the governors contributed to the school action plan, leadership and monitoring of school performance. I’m glad to say that the feedback was very positive, as it was with the whole of the school, and we were able to help Round Diamond achieve its Outstanding award.

 

  • We contributed to the Round Diamond Matters event last March, sharing our insights and support for the school to parents from RD

 

  • We have been supporting the school in its ambition to become a ‘Teaching School’, through guidance and dialogue with school leaders

 

  • We have been interviewing both staff joining and leaving the school, and gathering information and feedback on what attracts people to work at RD, but also where we can improve. In one specific case, this has led to a change in procedure at the school to ensure the staff get the best possible experience at our school

 

  • We have explored through various meetings, with local government officials, and other schools the options around becoming an Academy, and whether or not any of these options are in the school’s best interests. Whilst no specific recommendation, or decision has been made, the process of research has helped the school be better prepared, should this need to be pursued further in the future

 

  • We have increased our level of communication with the parents and local community surrounding Round Diamond. Through our PR governor, and in close partnership with the school, we have been more involved in school activities and have had a stronger dialogue with parents through our FaceBook page
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