At Rowanfield Infant School we are very lucky to have a hardworking team of governors to support the school.
Did you know? Governors have responsibility for raising school standards through three key roles: setting strategic direction, ensuring accountability and being a critical friend.
Governors are the largest volunteer force in the country!
Role of Local Governing Bodies
LGB’s have the legal status of a non-executive committee of the trust board.
They do not have a decision making function but are absolutely essential as a ‘critical friend’ of the school and the eyes and the ears of the trust board in terms of monitoring the running and performance of the ‘Local Academy’.
LGB’s appoint their own Chair and Vice-Chair. They oversee the election of a parent governor and staff governor. They can appoint/ co-opt other governors, with a group total between 7-9.
The Chairs of Governors meet as a group 5 times a year with the CEO. Each autumn they elect 1 representative to the MAT Board. This would be an ex-officio role. The position as a trustee would cease if they stopped being the CoG.
We recognise that at this moment of time all four Chairs are also Trustees. They are trustees first and would remain trustees if they were no longer CoG’s. At some time in the future we will need to elect a representative from this group but it seems unnecessary at the moment.
Local Governing Bodies
Within the MAT, each Academy (or, in some cases, pairs of Academies) has its own ‘Local Governing Body’ (‘LGB’) of between 7 and 9 Governors.
These have a similar status to committees of a maintained Governing Body and the only powers they have are those that are delegated to them by the Board. This is formalised in the Scheme of Delegation which is explained in Section 4.2.
Appointments to the Local Governing Body
Members of each Academy’s local governing body are appointed by that Local Governing Body. Most LGB Governors are co-opted based on a skills analysis gap together with one elected parent and one elected staff Governor.
(Other parent/s and staff may fill co-opted vacancies, and others may be invited to attend LGB meetings). Each LGB elects its own Chair and Vice-Chair from within its membership. Governors have a four year term of office and may be reappointed or re-elected.
The Role of the Local Governing Body
The role of the Local Governing Body is to oversee the Academy’s activities and curriculum within the agreed vision, strategy, values and ethos of the Multi-Academy Trust.
It has an oversight and monitoring role and is expected to report to the Trust Board through the Chief Executive Officer on the performance of its Academy. It is also accountable to the Board for that performance.
The Local Governing Body:
- Are involved with all appointments of staff other than the Principal/ Executive Headteacher and Head/s of School within the MAT’s framework for appointments. This may include the appointment for staff in other academies.
- Takes responsibility for monitoring the effectiveness of the performance management in their academy and providing a representative for the annual MAT pay panel which determines the pay of all staff employed in the individual Academies other than the Executive Headteachers and Heads of School.
- Holds the leadership and staff of the individual academy to account for the academic performance, pupil attendance, quality of teaching, care and support of pupils & wider educational provision
- Through the regular annual cycle of staff, parent and pupil surveys, collects and analyses views of stakeholders and report to the Trust Board via the Chief Executive Officer
- Feeds back any issues arising to the Trust Board through the Chair of Governors representative on the Board
- Takes an overview of the Academy’s estate by reviewing the school’s Asset Management Plan prepared by the central office and ensuring that it is implemented
- Ensures that finances are applied appropriately at academy level to address School Improvement issues and to meet the needs of pupils in receipt of pupil premium and those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
- Will identify Local Governing Body champions for key aspects of the Academy’s performance, including pupil premium, safeguarding and Special Educational Needs & Disabilities , and ensure those champions participate in cross-Multi-Academy Trust activities relating to their area of responsibility
Withdrawal of delegated powers
The Multi-Academy Trust Board has the power to withdraw delegated powers from a Local Governing Body and, if necessary, disband it, and has made clear that it would invoke such powers in the event of the member Academy:
- being identified as likely to be placed in Special Measures
- taking financial or other decisions that place the individual Academy and/or the MAT at significant risk of material or reputational damage
If a new Academy should join the GLA while either of these circumstances prevail, the Local Governing Body will receive limited delegated powers in the first instance.
What is expected of a member of a Local Governing Body?
Gloucestershire Learning Alliance Multi-academy Trust values the experience and skills of its Local Governing Body Governors. It recognises the contribution that Governors make to the success of the Trust and its member academies, and wants its Governors to feel that the job they do is rewarding and satisfying.
The role of the Governor is a non-executive one, and Governors are required to be as flexible as possible in the exercising of their responsibilities and duties, ensuring that their oversight of the Academy/School does not interfere with the day-to-day management, which is the responsibility of the Headteacher(s) and the Leadership Team.
The primary responsibilities of the local governing body are to:
- Play an active role in achieving the strategic priorities of the MAT and the individual academy monitoring achievement against objectives and supporting the development of plans to address weaknesses in discussion with the CEO.
- Comply with the Articles of Association, Financial Handbook, Governors’ Code of Conduct and any other related governance policies and procedures;
- Contribute to the business of the Local Governing Body in an effective, efficient, open and transparent manner;
- Attend Local Governing Body meetings, governor training and induction events as required;
- Get to know the Academy/Trust through discussions with the Leadership Group, Chair of Trust/Governing Body and staff, reading relevant papers, visiting the Academies and participating in events;
- Where appropriately skilled and/or trained, participate in the appointment of staff across member Academies
- Help new Governors understand their role;
- Act in the best interests of the Academy and the Multi-Academy Trust at all times
Key areas of work:
- Safeguarding – each LGB would have a safeguarding champion who would work with the other champions for audit, sharing best practice and training and holding the academy to account
- SEND/Pupil Premium- each LGB would have a ‘ disadvantaged pupil’ champion who would work with the other champions for audit, sharing best practice and training and holding the academy to account
- Behaviour/Attendance - each LGB would have an attendance champion who would work with the other champions for audit, sharing best practice and training and holding the academy to account
- Standards – the LGB will have the schools data performance to review and to raise issues with the CEO/Mat board if necessary. We expect this to be similar to the past. This obviously has a link to Pupil premium.
This is a basic requirement, we recognise individual LGB’s may have a Values/Vision team or champion or may feel that the Send/Pupil premium Champion also considers EAL pupils or Gifted and Talented children too. These are local decisions reflecting the local ‘flavour’.
Other suggested priorities are:
- Monitor the set budget (reports from PS Financials) and the spending of the individual academy.
- Monitoring the Premises and ICT asset management plan and raising areas of concern with the CEO and MAT Board.
- Receiving a report on PM and the quality of teaching and learning in their Academy. Strengths weaknesses and actions.
- Governor visits.
- Health and Safety
- To raise local issues with the academy and its leadership and possibly the MAT through the CEO. The CoG group may be the conduit for this.
More information about the Governors can be found below: