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 Faculties 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 Visit 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. These are then published on the Governors’ area of the school website.
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 Quality of Education (formerly Teaching and Learning) Committee and the Resources Committee. In addition, we hold a Full Governing Body meeting every term, and the chair of governors and representatives of the committees also sit on the Headteachers performance panel.
Within the Quality of Education 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.
Specific highlights from the last year include:
- We have been supporting the school in developing its roles as 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.
- We have explored different ways of communicating with the parents and local community surrounding Round Diamond and decided to have a section of the school’s newsletter.
- We have completed a financial benchmarking exercise to compare our spending on various areas with similar schools in England.
- We have supported school leaders in improving the school’s learning environment by giving the go ahead to the development of space and facilities for outdoor learning in EYFS, and welcoming Paddington the school dog to the school and our meetings!