Governors

North Ealing Primary School

Full Governing Board and Committees

Alongside the senior leadership team at North Ealing Primary School, governors are responsible for deciding on the strategic direction of the school. This includes contributing to decisions on:

  • vision and values
  • staffing
  • curriculum
  • finance
  • premises
  • behaviour and standards
  • equality and inclusion
  • health, safety and safeguarding
  • extended school
  • special educational needs
  • parental and community engagement

The Governing Board is drawn from the staff of the school, the local authority, parents and the local community.

Parent Governors play a vital role on the Governing Board and their contribution is greatly valued. If you are interested in becoming a parent Governor, please contact the Chair of Governors via the School Office.

Contacting the Governors: Governors welcome the views of parents and are always happy to discuss any concerns or ideas you may have to improve the school. Parent Governors are often available in the playground before or after school, or you can leave a message for them in the office.

Meet the Governors

North Ealing Primary School has 15 Governors. There are nine co-opted Governors, two elected Parent Governors, one staff Governor, one associate member one clerk to the Governing body, one citizen Governor and the Headteacher.

  • There is currently a vacancy for a Co-Opted Governor.

Alan O'Neill

Clerk to Governing Board

Andrew Dharman

Co-opted Governor

Daniel Laurie

Co-opted Governor

Debbie Keenan

Chair of Governors

Isobel Swarc

Co-opted Governor

Jackie Blazewicz

Co-opted Governor

Joanne Gravestock

Parent Governor

Liza Webber

Associate Member

Lutz Johnen - Governor at North Ealing Primary School

Lutz Johnen

Parent Governor

Lynne Dallow

Co-opted Governor

Monika Nangia

Co-opted Governor

Nimo Richmond

Co-opted Governor

Sally Flowers

Headteacher

Sarah Symes

Staff Governor

Debbie Keenan – Chair of Governors
Andrew Dharman – Vice Chair of Governors
Daniel Lawrie
Nimo Richmond
Jackie Blazewicz
Lynne Dallow
Isobel Swarc
Monika Nangia
Vacancy

 

Name: Andrew Dharman
Vice Chair of Governors
Chair of Resources Committee

Term of Office Ends: 24/02/23
Classification of Governor: Co-opted Member
Committees: FGB / Resources / Steering & Pay

Why did you decide to become a Governor at North Ealing Primary School?
An effective governing body is crucial to the success and direction of a school. I want to be an engaged member of the team that facilitates the school achieving an Ofsted “outstanding” rating. As a parent who has 1 daughter in reception and 3 sons who will be attending the school, I feel the future of the school is my utmost priority. I am an enthusiastic person who loves living in the local community. This is an ideal opportunity for me to give back in a voluntary capacity. As a local GP my skills are primarily healthcare related but also in governance matters in general. I hope to bring this perspective to the leadership of the school. I believe Primary school education is vital for building the foundation for children to develop into successful and responsible young adults. Working with parents is key to achieving this. As a Governor I think one has a unique and important opportunity to positively influence this process.

What do you think that Governors can bring to North Ealing Primary School?
Governors bring an overall sense of leadership and direction. The committee has the freedom to think strategically and it’s these ideas that can shape a school for a better future. As a medical professional, governance is a key part of my day. In terms of school governance health, safeguarding and personnel are all areas I am familiar with. Support and recognition of outstanding behaviours should be recognised and encouraged. In my opinion empowerment of staff and a sense of ownership is key. I think as a Governor one has to lead by example and my family and education are paramount for me. My wife and I take turns to drop our children off at school / playgroup. We engage staff and parents alike. I have also spoken at nursery and reception assembly about health and introduced equipment that children may encounter at a Doctors surgery to demystify the experience.

What are your interests in Education?
My main interests in Education are in performance management from a whole school perspective. A lot of my work as a GP is performance managed and involves achieving better outcomes for my patients eg lowering blood pressure. My work is evidence based and this applies to school practices also. As a medical professional equal opportunities from a SEND perspective is important and I again I have experience and interest in the areas of child health and safeguarding earlier.

Brief history of your career, life and background:
I am a local General Practitioner and studied at Guys and St Thomas’s Medical School in London and lived in North London for most of my life. I am the Educational Lead of the North and West London Faculty of the Royal College of GPs. I am married and have 4 small children. My oldest is in reception and my second child will be starting nursery at North Ealing in September 2015. I am a keen car enthusiast and attend several car shows every year. I have restarted training at Gurnell Leisure centre and jog round Pitshanger Park to keep fit. As a keen sportsman I believe the role of physical fitness and health goes hand in hand with mental fitness and ability.

Name: Daniel Lawrie
Chair of Curriculum & Standards Committee
Term of Office Ends: 24/02/23
Classification of Governor: Co-opted Member
Committees: FGB / Steering & Pay / Curriculum & Standards

Why did you decide to become a Governor at North Ealing Primary School?
One of the main reasons we chose to move to the Pitshanger area two years ago was North Ealing Primary School. My daughter now attends the School and hopefully my son will follow in due course. Since living here we have discovered the strong sense of community spirit that exists and the central role that North Ealing Primary School plays in engendering that spirit. I wanted to be a Governor to contribute to the development of the School and wider community.

What do you think that Governors can bring to North Ealing Primary School?
The Governors can provide oversight, additional skills and different perspectives to help support and guide North Ealing Primary School to raise standards. By doing so, the Governors can make a significant contribution to the success of the school and help it achieve its aim of being “outstanding”. On a personal level, as a lawyer, my job is analytical in nature and requires me to challenge and find alternative solutions. I also frequently advise Boards of Directors of public companies on governance matters, accountability and transparency. I think this experience and skill set will prove valuable in my role as a Governor.

What are your interests in Education?
Education is a frequent topic of conversation in our house. My wife is a primary school teacher and my daughter is just starting her education. I am always fascinated by the insights they provide into school life. The attainment and progress of the children should be the central concern of any school. I am particularly interested in how North Ealing Primary School seeks to improve standards so that every child can reach their potential.

Brief history of your career, life and background:
I am a lawyer and have worked in the corporate department of Linklaters (a global law firm) for 11 years. I advise clients on corporate transactions and governance. My role includes strategic planning, delivering seminars and mentoring junior colleagues. I studied law at the University of Bristol and completed my legal practice course in Nottingham. I am married with two young children. I have real passion for sport and enjoy running, football and tennis.

Debbie Keenan - North Ealing Primary SchoolName: Debbie Keenan
Chair of Governors
Term of Office Ends: 08/01/23
Classification of Governor: Co-opted
Committees: FGB / Curriculum & Standards / Steering & Pay

Why did you decide to become a Governor at North Ealing Primary School?
It is clear that North Ealing is a school that wants all children to be safe, happy and proud of their achievements. I feel that we are very lucky to have a school like this in our community and I wanted to help it to continue to flourish.

What do you think you bring to North Ealing Primary School?
I work for the Department for Education and my job requires me to work with a wide range of stakeholders: schools, head teachers, local authorities, school improvement organisations and Ministers. My work allows me a comprehensive overview of the educational landscape, knowledge of how other schools deal with pertinent issues, and insight into the challenges that might be on the horizon.

What are your interests in education (SEN, Business, Literacy)?
My overriding belief is that every child, despite their starting point or background, has access to the same opportunities and is helped and motivated to achieve their very best. For me, it is about how we ensure that every single child leaves primary school having had the best possible experience. They should be excited about the next stage and fully ready to meet the challenge of high school. I’m also interested in how we ensure a positive response to the changing patterns of education while ensuring continuity and support for children, teachers and parents.

Brief history of my life – Home / Work
I was born in Belfast in 1974 and moved to England in 1989 at the age of 15. I’ve lived in Ealing since 1996 with a break of a few years to live in Sydney. I’ve lived with my husband in Pitshanger since our twin girls were born in 2005. They were born a bit early so Rich was left to move us all in single-handed while we were all relaxing in hospital. Both girls are now in Year 4. I spent the first ten years of my working life working for advertising agencies – first in London, then in Sydney. As I got older, I became increasingly keen to move into public service and was offered a job with Department for Education in 2004. I’ve worked in a variety of posts for a number of different Ministers and across different administrations. It has been exciting/frustrating/rewarding by turn.

Name: Isobel Swarc
Term of Office Ends: 28/11/22
Classification of Governor: Co-opted
Committees: FGB / Curriculum & Standards

Name: Jackie Blazewicz
Term of Office Ends: 08/01/23
Classification of Governor: Co-opted
Committees: FGB / Curriculum & 
Standards

Why did you decide to become a Governor at North Ealing Primary School?
The school is very important to me, as my employer, the educator of my children and grandchild and part of the community in which I live. I wanted to make more of a contribution to support the school’s continued success.

What do you think you can bring to North Ealing Primary School?
I have over ten years experience in Early Years education and childcare and practical knowledge of the challenges of educating and supporting the wellbeing of very young children in a school setting. Early Years formerly had a lower profile within education and I believe it is important now for the Early Years department to be represented and have a voice within the governing body.

What are your interests in Education?
Since gaining qualified teacher status in 1992 I have had a varied and successful teaching career across a range of primary schools. In my previous role as an advisory teacher I developed a keen awareness of how to improve teaching and learning which I have successfully applied at North Ealing. In my current position I have had access to a wide range of professional development enhancing my leadership skills, knowledge and understanding of the key elements of raising standards within a primary school. My particular interests include the EYFS, child development and Inclusion. I am keen to develop an evidence based approach to improving practice and for peers to offer a comprehensive system of support within North Ealing and eventually beyond to other schools and teachers in training.

Lynne Dallow - North Ealing Primary SchoolName: Lynne Dallow
Term of Office Ends: 08/01/23
Classification of Governor: Co-opted
Committees: FGB / Resources / Steering & Pay

Why did you decide to become a Governor at North Ealing Primary School?
My twins joined the school in nursery. One has Special Educational Needs. The school was and continues to be really supportive of the diverse needs of both my children. They have both blossomed during their time at North Ealing. Having this wide experience of the school, I hoped I could represent a broad parental view and really wanted to ‘give something back’ to the school.

What do you think that Governors can bring to North Ealing Primary School?Governors bring a number of different perspectives to the way the school operates. These different ways of looking at things can only be a good thing in my opinion. They stop the school from getting stuck in a rut and instead introduce dynamic new procedures and ways of operating.

What are your interests in Education?
As the mother of a child with SEND, I’m obviously very interested in this area and keen to see an environment where all children reach their full potential. Having been through years of Speech and Language Therapy with my son, I’m also very interested in this aspect of EYFS. As a writer, I understand how important literacy is, not merely to function in the world but as a tool to open up a child’s world view and imagination.

Brief history of your career, life and background:
I had a very happy childhood, growing up in Hayes. I left school at sixteen but very quickly got bored of not learning! I worked in Southall Unemployment Benefit Office but also went to night school to get my A Levels. Eventually I got into University and have worked in television drama ever since. I was a Scriptwriter until my twins were born prematurely, six years ago. Because of the various hurdles this threw up, it’s only now been possible for me to return to work. I’ve been with my husband, Jamie, for the last twenty years. We’ve lived in quite a number of places, in England and abroad but were very happy we settled in Pitshanger four years ago.

Name: Monika Nangia
Term of Office Ends: 28/11/22
Classification of Governor: Co-opted
Committees: FGB / Curriculum & Standards

Nimo Richmond - North Ealing Primary SchoolName: Nimo Richmond
Term of Office Ends: 20/04/20
Classification of Governor: Co-opted Member
Committees: FGB & Resources

Why did you decide to become a Governor at North Ealing Primary School?
I believe primary school education is vital for building the foundation for our children to develop into competent, content and responsible adults. Working with the Headteacher, Teachers and Parents is key to achieving this. Being a Governor provides a unique and important opportunity to positively influence this process. An effective governing body is crucial to the success and direction of a school. I enjoy being an active member of a team that facilitates the school working at its best. As a parent who loves living in the local community, and has lived in the community since childhood, this is an ideal opportunity for me to give back in a voluntary capacity.

What do you think that Governors can bring to North Ealing Primary School?
Governors bring an overall sense of leadership, teamwork and direction to the due process. As a director of my own company, I hope to bring a collaborative leadership style to the school’s leadership team. The governing body has the freedom to think strategically and look at the bigger picture. Our experience and expertise can shape the school for a better future. As a professional, leading and implementing is a key part of my working day and I bring this expertise to the table.

What are your interests in Education?
My main interests in education are in performance management from a whole school perspective. A lot of my work as a Director and operational manager is about effective performance and value for money.

Brief history of your career, life and background.
I grew up in Ealing and have a BA (hons) Business Admin. I am married with two children and enjoy an active local social and work life. I am proud of my African heritage and believe it is vital for us all to pass on the importance of our family history to our children, as well as what it means to live in Ealing.

I am an experienced senior CRM Manager and Client Advisor, with 15 years working in system implementation, development and maintenance. I have specialised in user adoption, cultural change management, and especially training. My recent projects include: re-positioning of CRM internally (including upgrades and the rollout of InterAction IMO), the implementation of Vuture VX, and the creation of a robust database designed to better record, and provide greater access to, the firm’s experience globally.

Having worked for, and alongside, many different clients within the Legal and Publishing Sectors, I have accumulated vast business and operational knowledge. As a result, I am able to plan and manage cost and risk within international structures, establishing best practice and bringing strong alignment of business and CRM technologies to match strategic goals.

Joanne Gravestock
Lutz Johnen

Name: Joanne Gravestock
Term of Office Ends: 22/01/20
Classification of Governor: Parent
Committees: FGB / Resources

Why did you decide to become a Governor at North Ealing Primary School?
North Ealing Primary School is a Community School and being part of the PTA gave me an insight into the importance of maintaining that sense of community as our school grows. Becoming a Governor seemed a natural progression from my role as Vice Chair on the PTA.

What do you think that Governors can bring to North Ealing Primary School?
I believe Parent Governors bring an insight into the day to day aspects of educating our children. A supportive Governing body is essential in maintaining a balanced and happy school.

What are your interests in Education?
My interests lie in engaging the whole family into school life and to educating the complete child. Not just academically but in creating life skills and a good moral compass for their next step.

Brief history of your career, life and background:
I am originally from the North East of England and have lived in Ealing for 18 years. I have been married to my husband Mark for 12 years and we have two children, Zoe now in yr 7 at Ellen Wilkinson and Ben in yr 5 at North Ealing. Before the birth of my daughter Zoe I was Production Manager at Hodder Children’s Books and my skills lie in Project Management. I took the decision not to return to work after Zoe was born and once my children started school I became involved in a number of volunteer roles. I am also a keen runner and try to run at least twice a week around our lovely parks.

Name: Lutz Johnen
Vice Chair Resources

Term of Office Ends: 11/12/20
Classification of Governor: Parent
Committees: FGB / Resources Committee

Why did you decide to become a Governor at North Ealing Primary School?
I followed a call to apply for the parent governor position. I wanted to get involved to support the NEP school as it will be one of the most important times of my daughter’s life.

What do you think that Governors can bring to North Ealing Primary School?
The governors support with their skill set and experience where the school might be lacking it. Governors can bring an external view to the school’s operation. They review and sometimes challenge the management decisions.

What are your interests in Education?
Born into a teacher family in a small town I was exposed not only to school life but also the social impact it has and how important it is especially in early life. I believe education is key for the best start in life and every child deserves the best education possible.

Brief history of your career, life and background
Born in Germany. Did an MBA and worked afterwards in the management of a rainwater harvesting system manufacturer in Germany. Moved to Ealing in 2004. Started my own company providing non-potable water solutions to the UK and France. Married with two kids – Boy at University and girl at NEPS.

Sally Flowers
Liza Webber
Sarah Symes
Alan O’Neill

Alan O'Neill - North Ealing Primary SchoolName: Alan O’Neill
Term of Office Ends: N/A
Classification of Governor: Clerk to the Governing Body
Committees: FGB / Resources / Curriculum & Standards / Steering  & Pay

Alan is an experienced clerk, supporting a number of Primary schools and High schools in the London Borough of Ealing.

The role of the Clerk to the Governing Board is to:

  • Schedule meetings of the Governing Board;
  • Prepare / collate papers for the meetings and ensure that governors have all of the papers that they need;
  • Attend meetings and produce accurate records of the discussions at meetings;
  • Provide technical support to the Chair of Governors, the Headteacher and all Governors.

 

Liza Webber - North Ealing Primary SchoolName: Liza Webber
Term of Office Ends: 16/12/21
Classification of Governor: Associate Member
Committees: FGB / Curriculum & Standards

Why did you decide to become a Governor at North Ealing Primary School?
I joined the school as a teacher and literacy coordinator and it seemed an ideal way to get to know the workings of the school.

What do you think that Governors can bring to North Ealing Primary School?
It is clear that governors bring their knowledge, skills and expertise from a wide variety of backgrounds both professionally and as a parent or member of the local community.

What are your interests in Education?
Obviously, my skills and interests lie in all aspects of education for children but also in the development of staff.

Brief history of your career, life and background:
I have worked as a teacher for 10 years and in the field Early Years for 20 years prior to that. I have worked in Social Service as well as in the private and voluntary sector in a wide range of roles. I have been a governor of another local primary school so I bring a wealth of knowledge about child care and education. I have 2 adult children that were successfully educated at Oaklands Primary and Elthorne Park High school. They have both graduated and one has followed me into the teaching profession.

Sally Flowers - North Ealing Primary SchoolName: Sally Flowers
Term of Office Ends: Ex-Officio
Classification of Governor: Staff / Headteacher
Committees: FGB / Resources / Curriculum & Standards / Steering / Pay

Why did you decide to become a Governor at North Ealing Primary School?
As the Head teacher of NES it is my responsibility to work closely with the governing body to ensure that they are informed about the context and effectiveness of the school. I have found it particularly useful to have a shared understanding of the vision of the school with the Governing board, drawing on their expertise in order to support that vision. It is also critical that as the Head teacher I keep up to date with local and national issues and bring governors attention to matters of immediate importance.

What do you think that Governors can bring to North Ealing Primary School?
In my role as the Head teacher I provide the Governing body with an accurate self evaluation of the standards and overall effectiveness of the school. It is essential in this role that I support the Governing board to carry out their statutory duties such as safeguarding but also work with the governors in order to contribute to the school’s self evaluation process, understanding strengths and weaknesses. It is also essential that in the role of Head teacher I engage with the governing board to engage all stakeholders within the North Ealing community.

What are your interests in Education?
Since gaining qualified teacher status in 1992 I have had a varied and successful teaching career across a range of primary schools. In my previous role as an advisory teacher I developed a keen awareness of how to improve teaching and learning which I have successfully applied at North Ealing Primary School. In my current position I have had access to a wide range of professional development enhancing my leadership skills, knowledge and understanding of the key elements of raising standards within a primary school. My particular interests include the EYFS, child development and Inclusion. I am keen to develop an evidence based approach to improving practice and for peers to offer a comprehensive system of support within North Ealing Primary School and eventually beyond to other schools and teachers in training.

Name: Sarah Symes
Term of Office Ends: 16/12/21
Classification of Governor: Staff
Committees: FGB / Curriculum & Standards

Why did you decide to become a Governor at North Ealing Primary School?
As someone who works as a teacher in the school, I feel it is crucial that there be active positive contribution from members of staff who know the children and the curriculum and are immersed in the culture of the school on a daily basis.

What do you think that Governors can bring to North Ealing Primary School?
The official role of the Governing board is to be a ‘critical friend’ to the head teacher and staff in general. Therefore, it is crucial that they represent the wider community of the school. North Ealing Primary School is extremely lucky to have a rich variety of skill sets amongst the governing body, enabling us to scrutinize and support the varied and complex needs and demands of the school as well as recognizing and promoting areas of strength.

What are your interests in Education?
As a classroom teacher, my interests, not surprisingly, lie in promoting a positive experience of school life for all our children, through a rich and varied curriculum, engaging extra-curricular activities and helping to foster a safe and secure environment.

Brief history of your career, life and background:
Home – I was born in London in 1968 and, after moving around quite a lot, settled back in London where I met my husband, Rupert. We were lucky enough to spend 5 years in San Francisco where both our sons (Oliver and Sam) were born. We moved back to the UK in 2002 and have lived in Ealing since.
Career – After University, I worked in retail: both on the shop floor as a trainee and then deputy department manager and also as a fashion buyer. After returning from The States, I completed a PGCE and have been working as a primary school teacher since then, mostly at North Ealing Primary School.

The Role of the Governing Body

The Role of the Governing Board is to provide support and guidance to the Head Teacher and Staff.

The Governing Board has three main roles:-

1. Strategic

The Governing Board sets the general direction of the school, looking at how it should best develop. This is done by reviewing and agreeing policies, targets and priorities and monitoring and reviewing aims and objectives.

Strategic thinking is not only linked with the curriculum and it does not just mean responding to weaknesses.

2. Critical Friend

The Governing Board must work closely with the Head Teacher and create a clear understanding of the challenges faced in managing a school.

The Governing Board must feel able to question and challenge. Real critical friendship is only achieved where there is trust and mutual respect.

3. Accountability

A school is a business and its stakeholders are the pupils. The Governing Board must have a professional attitude and use its collective skills to benefit the pupils. It must gather views, ask questions and decide what is best for the school.

The Governing Board is answerable to parents and the wider community.

The Governing Board is collectively responsible for setting the strategic direction of the school and for monitoring the schools performance

Terms of Reference – Pay Committee

General Considerations

  1. The committee shall not be open to the public
  2. The Pay Committee is an ad hoc group with membership from across all committees including Chairs and Vice Chairs of all sub committees and the Head Teacher.
  3. The membership and terms of reference of the committee shall be reviewed annually and confirmed by the Governing Board.

Membership

The membership of the committee shall comprise a minimum of five Governors (including the Head Teacher).

Quorum

A quorum shall be three Governors (including the Head Teacher).

Meetings

The Pay Committee will meet at least once a year in the Autumn Term, more frequently if necessary.

Minutes will be taken by the elected clerk of the committee and will be submitted to the Pay Committee members no later than 2 weeks after the date of the meeting.

Objectives

The committee will have full delegated powers to take decisions on the pay of staff within the pay policy determined by the Governing Board.

In relation to pay matters, the committee’s terms of reference will be as follows:

  • To undertake the Headteacher’s Performance Management. This will be undertaken by a panel of 3 members of the Pay Committee
  • To achieve the aims/objectives of the school’s pay policy in a fair and equal manner.
  • To apply the criteria set by the pay policy in determining the pay of each member of staff at the annual review
  • To observe all contractual and statutory obligations
  • To make recommendations to the Governing Board about budgetary requirements for pay.
  • To take account of the budget position when taking decisions on pay
  • To minute clearly the reasons for all decisions
  • To keep abreast of any developments that may affect the pay policy and to make arrangements for an annual review of the policy, including regard for any changes in legislation, or change to the conditions or terms of employment of any group/s of staff.
  • To work with the Headteacher to ensure that the Governing Board complies appraisal regulations 2012 (teachers).

Decisions on pay are to be communicated, in writing, to each individual by the Headteacher on behalf of the committee. In the case of the Headteacher, the Chair of the Governing Board will communicate, in writing, to the Head Teacher, any decision affecting pay.

The Governing Board will receive the report of the Pay Committee in the confidential section of the agenda if individual salaries have been discussed.

Committee with oversight for this policy
Pay
Policy to be approved by
Full Governing Board
Policy last reviewed by the Pay Committee
26/09/2018
Policy last ratified and adopted by Full Governing Board
11/12/2018
Policy / Document due for review
Autumn 2019

Terms of Reference - Curriculum & Standards Committee

Curriculum overview

The school curriculum comprises all Teaching and Learning and other experiences that each school provides for its pupils. For maintained schools (except special schools established in a hospital) this includes the National Curriculum, religious education, collective worship, sex education and careers education

Mission statement

To ensure the Teaching and Learning maximises the potential of all pupils in the school community through a broad and balanced curriculum

Roles and Responsibilities

The responsibilities for the curriculum are shared between the Headteacher, the governing body, the LA and the Secretary of State for Education. Within this, the governing body has an extensive range of responsibilities (see appendix I) that they share with the Headteacher. Although not a statutory requirement, the governing body may wish to appoint governors with specific roles in relation to their collective responsibility for the curriculum including curriculum complaints committee, literacy governor, numeracy governor, curriculum subject governors. The governing body may feel it appropriate to receive reports from their curriculum committee and/or Governors at their regular meetings

Membership

The committee shall consist of not less than 5 members comprising at least 2 parent Governors, 2 community Governors and 1 teaching staff agreed annually by the Full Governing Board at the Autumn Term meeting.

Members of the Governing Board who are not directly in membership of the committee may be permitted to attend.

Other professionals e.g. Staff Members, LA, etc. may be invited to attend the committee meeting in order to advise or give a presentation but shall not have any voting rights.

Quorum to elect the Chair to the committee shall be half of the committee.

Quorum to conduct normal business on behalf of the Full Governing Board shall be 3 members of the committee.

Meetings

Meetings will not be open to the Public

The committee shall meet no less than once every term.

Meeting notes shall be taken by the clerk.

Terms of Reference

  1. Ensure appropriate governance of the committee
    1. Elect a chair annually (autumn term)
    2. Review and ensure balanced membership annually (autumn term)
    3. Review and agree the terms of reference annually (autumn term)
    4. Implement an action-orientated minute taking / approval process
  2. Curriculum Performance – Planning
    1. Receive, review (if required, with as much detail as that provided to the Link Officer) and recommend annually to Governors the Key Stage 1 and 2 performance targets for the next school year
    2. Receive, review and recommend annually to governors other curriculum objectives / targets for the next school year (spring term)
    3. Receive and review annually a statement of the curriculum to be taught next year highlighting any statutory requirement (spring term)
    4. Receive, review and recommend annually curriculum budget & resource requirements for the next school year to the Finance Committee (spring term). This process should be tightly aligned to the Curriculum reviews this process should also clearly flag to governors (i) the needs of individual curriculum areas in absolute terms and against the school priorities (cf. SDP) and (ii) what prioritisation, if necessary, should take place
    5. Receive and review, annually, school strategies / plans (as appropriate) in relation to forthcoming (3 year horizon) changes to the National Curriculum and National Key Stages testing regime (summer term)
    6. Establish / review a priority-based curriculum policy review rota (summer term)
  3. Curriculum Performance – Delivery
    1. Receive and review annually in the summer term a report showing actual provision of religious education and daily collective worship vs. both national and LA guidelines
    2. Receive and review a report showing how teaching has actually been modified in accordance with any changes made to the National Curriculum and National Key Stages testing regime
    3. Actively engage with the school via activities such as visits, visiting relevant lessons and meeting with staff, parents and pupils as required and appropriate
    4. Review curriculum & Standards Committee policies in line with the agreed rota and according to a process to be agreed between the curriculum & Standards Committee and the school.
    5. Receive Curriculum reports
    6. Ensure the implementation of the English, Math’s, PSHE, SEND policies is given particular attention according to a process to be agreed between the Curriculum & Standards committee and the school (inc. school reports, link governors etc)
  4. Curriculum performance – Assessment & improvement
    1. Receive notice of termly meetings between the Link Officer and the school, and endeavour for either the chair or a chair-nominated committee member to attend
  5. Curriculum performance – Engagement with parents
    1. Ensure the school meets its legal requirement to report Key Stage 2 test results to parents and prospective parents
    2. Ensure parents are informed of the curriculum delivered at the school and that relevant information is available to parents both on paper, the school website (School Prospectus and School Profile) and through the MLE – NES Learning Zone.
    3. Define and review annually with the school the scope of engagement with parents on curriculum matters (e.g. homework, new teaching frameworks, school performance assessment etc), the role of the school vs. that of governors in engaging with parents, and together determine appropriate activities (e.g. curriculum evenings, website, clinics)
    4. Deal with enquiries about the curriculum in conjunction with the Head and staff in accordance with LA procedures

Appendix I – Responsibilities of Governors regarding Curriculum

  • Considering, agreeing and monitoring the implementation of a curriculum policy, prepared by the Headteacher
  • Ensuring that the school provides a balanced and broadly based curriculum
  • Ensuring that the National Curriculum is taught
  • Ensuring that sufficient lesson time is provided for pupils to cover the National Curriculum and other statutory requirements
  • Ensuring that teachers do not promote one-sided political views when teaching any subject
  • Ensuring that only approved external qualifications and syllabuses are offered to pupils of compulsory school age
  • Carrying out assessments (Foundation, Key Stage and GCSE as appropriate)
  • Ensuring that the Headteacher sends foundation stage profile results, Key Stage 1 tasks, tests and teacher assessments results to the LA (primary schools)
  • Ensure that the school prepare a written statement of their policy on sex education which must be freely available to parents
  • Agreeing whether sex education should be included in their school’s curriculum and, if so, what it should consist of and how it should be organised
  • Ensuring that any sex education is provided in a way that encourages pupils to consider morals and the value of family life and that pupils are taught the importance of marriage
  • Considering drawing up a school policy on preventing drug misuse
  • Consulting with the Headteacher on arrangements for daily collective worship
  • Considering complaints in relation to the curriculum in line with their LA’s policies on curriculum complaints

Committee with oversight for this policy
Curriculum & Standards
Policy to be approved by
Full Governing Board
Policy last reviewed by the Curriculum & Standards Committee
14/11/2018
Policy last ratified and adopted by Full Governing Board
28/11/2018
Policy / Document due for review
Autumn 2019

Terms of Reference - Resources Committee

Membership

The membership of the committee will comprise at least 4 Governors including the Headteacher or their designated deputy.

All Governors are able to attend meetings of the Resources Committee, but only Committee Members shall be entitled to vote.

Other professionals e.g. staff members; LA etc may be invited to attend the committee meeting in order to advise or give a presentation but will not have voting rights.

Quorum

The quorum to conduct the business of the committee will be three Governors including the Headteacher or their designated deputy.

Meetings

The committee should meet at least once per term. There will normally be an additional meeting in the spring term to prepare the budget for the next financial year.

Meetings of the Resources Committee will not be open to the Public.

Confidentiality

All members of this committee must be aware of and are bound to a confidentiality clause regarding individual salaries, items of a personal nature and also items of a sensitive nature.

Details of such matters must not be discussed with, or disclosed to any other persons.

Responsibilities

  1. Annually to elect a chair and Vice Chair at the first meeting of the Autumn Term
  2. To prepare a budget for the full Governing Board’s approval prior to submission to the LA (Spring Term)
  3. To support GB Committees by monitoring and reporting on the budget progress termly, or more frequently if necessary, to the Governing Board.
  4. To assist the Headteacher in dealing with the LA on financial matters.
  5. To monitor and review the finance structure.
  6. To consider and advise on insurance matters to the Governing Board.
  7. To address any Governors issues raised in the school financial management audit.
  8. To review the internal financial controls – self audit
  9.  Review annually best value statement.
  10. To prepare the annual SFVS Return
  11. To prepare and review a rolling 3/5 year budget projection
  12. To undertake an annual benchmarking review of priority areas of expenditure
  13. An extraordinary meeting of the Resources Committee will be called by the School Business Manager or Chair of Governors in the light of any significant budget variances.
  14. To review and agree the annual CFR report and the Statement of Internal Control in the summer term.
  15. To monitor and approve the School Journeys Account and the Private Account annually
  16. To be responsible for staffing strategy and structure and be involved in the process for appointment of senior management team posts.
  17. To annually review in the Spring term the arrangements for school journeys, day visits and residential visits.
  18. To be responsible for succession planning for the GB and recruitment of Co-opted governors for Full Governing Board adoption.
  19. To receive assurance from Headteacher each term that the mandatory single central record is up to date for all staff and volunteers.
  20. To organize whole governing body training as required but at least every two years on safeguarding.
  21. To support the head on staffing issues.
  22. To conduct a safeguarding visit termly including a review of the SCR for accuracy.
  23. To advise the governing body on priorities for the maintenance and development of the school’s buildings and site which are clearly linked to educational outcomes. This includes establishing and reviewing a Site Development Master plan
  24. To review the costs and arrangements for maintenance, repairs and redecoration within the budget allocation.
  25. To oversee the preparation and implementation of contracts.
  26. To ensure that the school complies with health and safety regulations.
  27. To ensure any necessary liaison with the Local Authority on school capital matters.
  28. To be responsible for the policies set out in the School Policy Monitoring Schedule for Resources Committee

Reporting to Governing Board

The chair will take questions from all governors at FGB meetings from the minutes issued, taking confidentiality and sensitivity into account.

Headteacher Accountability

To conduct an annual self audit of financial controls to ensure that financial management systems comply with LA guidance and report to Resources Committee.

To ensure that all the policies are available to all members of staff and where appropriate, on the school website.

To recruit staff using safer recruitment processes to fill vacancies in the agreed staffing structure. All senior leadership posts will have a recruitment panel including a Governor not employed by the school.

Committee with oversight for this policy
Resources
Policy to be approved by
Full Governing Board
Policy last reviewed by the Resources Committee
14/11/2018
Policy last ratified and adopted by Full Governing Board
28/11/2018
Policy / Document due for review Autumn
2019

Terms of Reference – Steering & Pay Group

General Considerations

  1. The meetings shall not be open to the public
  2. The Steering Group is an ad hoc group with membership from across all committees including Chairs and Vice Chairs of all sub committees and the Headteacher.
  3. The membership and terms of reference of the Steering Group shall be reviewed annually and confirmed by the governing body.

Membership

The membership of the committee shall comprise a minimum of four Governors (including the Head Teacher).

Quorum

A quorum shall be three Governors, (including the Headteacher)

Meetings

The Pay Committee will meet at least once a year in the Autumn Term, more frequently if necessary.

Minutes will be taken by the elected clerk of the committee and will be submitted to the Pay Committee members no later than 2 weeks after the date of the meeting.

Objectives

The committee will have full delegated powers to take decisions on the pay of staff within the pay policy determined by the Governing Board. In relation to pay matters, the committee’s terms of reference will be as follows:

  • To undertake the Headteacher’s Performance Management. This will be undertaken by a panel of 3 members of the Pay Committee.
  • To achieve the aims/objectives of the school’s pay policy in a fair and equal manner.
  • To apply the criteria set by the pay policy in determining the pay of each member of staff at the annual review
  • To observe all contractual and statutory obligations
  • To make recommendations to the Governing Board about budgetary requirements for pay.
  • To take account of the budget position when taking decisions on pay
  • To minute clearly the reasons for all decisions
  • To keep abreast of any developments that may affect the pay policy and to make arrangements for an annual review of the policy, including regard for any changes in legislation, or change to the conditions or terms of employment of any group/s of staff.
  • To work with the Headteacher to ensure that the Governing Board complies appraisal regulations 2012 (teachers).

Decisions on pay are to be communicated, in writing, to each individual by the Headteacher on behalf of the committee. In the case of the Headteacher, the Chair of the Governing Board will communicate, in writing, to the Headteacher, any decision affecting pay.

The Governing Board will receive the report of the Pay Committee in the confidential section of the agenda if individual salaries have been discussed.

Committee with oversight for this policy
Steering Group
Policy to be approved by
Full Governing Board
Policy last reviewed by the Steering Group
26/09/2016
Policy last ratified and adopted by Full Governing Board
12/12/2018
Policy / Document due for review
Autumn 2019

The Role of School Governor

What is a School Governor

School Governors are drawn from all walks of life and as you will see in this section of the website there are various types of Governors.

The first question to ask yourself is, “Are you interested in the education, welfare and opportunities provided for children and young people?”

If the answer to the first question is, “Yes”, then have you got enthusiasm and time to spare? If so, you could consider volunteering as a school governor.

Governors give their service voluntarily and no formal qualifications are necessary although there are eligibility criteria.

Governors are ordinary people, aged over 18, with a special commitment to the education and wellbeing of children.

Terms of office will be a minimum of one to a maximum of four years.

There are typically four types of Governors:

  • Staff Governors
  • Parent Governors
  • Co-opted Governors
  • Local Authority Governors

For information on each role, see below:

Staff Governors

Staff governors would normally fall into two categories, firstly Teaching Staff, and secondly Support Staff.

Staff Governors are elected by teaching and support staff who are paid to work at the school.

This category will also include a reserved place for the Headteacher.

Parent Governors

Parent governors as the title implies are drawn from Parents or Guardians of Children at the School.

Parent Governors normally serve for a period of 4 years and are elected by the Parents or Carers / Guardians of Children at the School.

From time to time the school will send home a letter notifying parents that there is a vacancy for a Parent Governor, and seeking nominations.

If there are more nominations than there are vacancies, then there will be a ballot at which point all of the parents get to vote for the candidate of their choice.

As a Parent Governor, elected by parents, the role of the Parent Governor is to bring a parental perspective to the Governing Board’s decision making rather than represent the parental constituency.

Co-opted Governors

Co-opted Governors are drawn from the local community and are appointed by the governing body.

 You will not find this category of governor on voluntary aided (religious) school governing bodies.

If you would like to find out more about being a Co-opted Governor, either at this School or another, you can either contact our Chair of Governors Shirley Kenworthy Wright or contact the School Governance Unit on 020 8825 5444. The School Governance Unit will be able to tell you of Schools who are looking for Co-opted Governors.

It will be helpful when making contact to provide some brief background information, including:

  • Your reasons for wishing to become a school governor.
  • Whether you have any particular skills and / or knowledge which you could bring to a governing body for example
    • Financial
    • Building Works
    • Health and Safety
    • Management
    • Legal
    • Human Resources.

The Governing Board will need to establish that you are either a local resident or have an involvement in the community served by the school. If not, it is always helpful to explain your interest in that particular part of the borough.

Local Authority Governors

Within the London Borough of Ealing, Local Authority governors are appointed by the political parties represented on the Council.

The overall number allocated to each political party is proportionate to their level of representation on the Council.

If you would like to find out more about being a Local Authority Governor please contact the following councilors to express your interest:

Conservative:
Councillor Mrs Eileen Harris
Tel: (020) 8578 9839
Email: eileen.harris@ealing.gov.uk

Labour:
Councillor Brian Reeves
Tel: (020) 8845 0878
Email: brian.reeves@ealing.gov.uk

Liberal Democrat:
Councillor Jon Ball
Tel: (020) 8810 1078
Email: jon.ball@ealing.gov.uk

Want To Find Out More?

If you have any questions that are not answered in this area of the website, or if you would like to register your interest in becoming a School Governor, then you can contact:

Mrs S Flowers, Headteacher
Care of the School

Debbie Keenan, Chair of Governors
Care of the School

Mr Alan O’Neill, Clerk to the Governing Board
alan.oneill@talk21.com

School Governance Unit
020 8825 5444

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