Governors Statutory Responsibilities and Functions
In all types of schools, governing boards should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:
a) Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
b) Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
c) Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent. (Extract from Governors Handbook January 2015)
Please refer to the governors’ handbook published on the Department for Education website. See web link below.
Review of committees and delegation
The governing board must review the establishment, terms of reference, constitution and membership of any committee annually. In addition, the governing board must review the delegation of functions to committees and individuals annually.
Terms of Reference
The following committees established by the governing board comply with The School Governance (Role, Procedures and Allowances) (England) Regulations 2013.
The Head Teacher can attend all meetings of any committee established by the governing board but in some instances this may only be in an advisory capacity. When an issue is being discussed which directly affects the Head Teacher they must, as with any other governor in a similar position, declare an interest and physically withdraw from the meeting.
In maintained schools the quorum for a meeting of the full governing board and for any vote on any matter at such meeting, is one half (rounded up to a whole number) of the membership of the governing board at the time of the meeting not including any vacant positions. For academies and free schools please refer to their Articles of Association for quorum. In the event of equal votes the chair has the casting vote.
The legal minimum quorum for committee meetings is three voting governors.
In maintained schools the governing board can appoint associate members to serve on one or more committees. Associate members can attend full governing board meetings but may be excluded from any part of a meeting where the business being considered concerns a member of school staff or an individual pupil, they can be appointed for a period of between one and four years and reappointed at the end of their term. Associate members are not governors and they are not recorded in the instrument of government. (Extracted from Governors Handbook January 2015)
No vote on any matter can be taken at a committee meeting unless the majority
of members present are members of the governing body.
The appointed clerk will undertake the clerking of the committee.
The minutes shall be included as an agenda item for consideration at the next meeting of the full Governing Board where appropriate.
All decisions made by committees with delegated powers should be reported to the next full meeting of the governing board. If the minutes are not finalised a brief statement of the conclusions reached should be given.
The chair of the committee will be appointed at the first committee meeting of the academic year.
All governors are encouraged to attend training regularly & review training needs annually.
Committees will have delegated powers to approve policies as relevant to that committee.
The governing board cannot delegate any functions relating to
¨ The constitution of the governing body (unless otherwise provided by the constitution regulations)
¨ The appointment or removal of the chair and vice chair/clerk
¨ The appointment or removal of governors.
¨ The suspension of governors
¨ The delegation of functions and establishment of committees
¨ Change of school name or status