Governance

SCHOOL GOVERNANCE

INFORMATION ON SCHOOL GOVERNORS AND MEETINGS

The 2015 Governors’ Handbook, published by the Department for Education, states that school governing bodies ‘are the strategic leaders of our schools and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. For maintained schools this is reflected in the law, which states that the purpose of maintained school governing bodies is to ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school’.

The role of the governors is to provide challenge and support to ensure that each child has appropriate, high – quality education. Our team is made up of a variety of skilled and committed individuals, some with more specific areas of responsibility.

The Governing Body of Beaufort and Langley meets as a Full Governing Body and committees to deliver the three core strategic functions of school governors:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure that its money is well spent.

OUR GOVERNING BODY

HOW DO WE WORK?

Beaufort School is in a hard federation with Langley school and consequently has one governing body.  Both schools are designated schools for pupils with cognition and learning disabilities and together they cater for the full range of learning disability.

Governors visit the school, both formally and informally, and this gives them a good insight into the day to day running of the establishment, as well as helping them in their role as ‘critical friends’. The School Development Plan, reviewed annually, is closely monitored by the  governors.  Governors attend training, which is provided both by the local authority and by the Learning Trust for Excellence.  Their attendance at meetings is monitored, although all of our governors are dedicated to the schools.

OUR CONSTITUTION

MORE INFORMATION

Our constitution is laid down in the Instrument of Government for Beaufort and Langley Schools which came into effect on 17th May 2013 when the Governing Body was reconstituted under the School Governance (Constitution) (England) regulations 2012. In addition, the Governing Body is able to appoint Associate members.

The Governing Body of Beaufort and Langley Schools consists of:

  • 10 co-opted governors
  • 1 governor appointed by the Local Authority
  • 2 elected parent governors (1 from each school)
  • 2 foundation governors
  • 1 executive head team governor
  • 1 staff governor

We also have 3 associate governors, who provide skills and expertise, but cannot vote.

GOVERNOR MEMBERS

MEMBERS OF THE FEDERATED GOVERNING BODY

Beaufort School is in a hard federation with Langley school and consequently has one governing body.  Both schools are designated schools for pupils with cognition and learning disabilities and together they cater for the full range of learning disability.

Governors visit the school, both formally and informally, and this gives them a good insight into the day to day running of the establishment, as well as helping them in their role as ‘critical friends’. The School Development Plan, reviewed annually, is closely monitored by the  governors.  Governors attend training, which is provided both by the local authority and by the Learning Trust for Excellence.  Their attendance at meetings is monitored, although all of our governors are dedicated to the schools.

OUR CONSTITUTION

MORE INFORMATION

Our constitution is laid down in the Instrument of Government for Beaufort and Langley Schools which came into effect on 17th May 2013 when the Governing Body was reconstituted under the School Governance (Constitution) (England) regulations 2012. In addition, the Governing Body is able to appoint Associate members.

The Governing Body of Beaufort and Langley Schools consists of:

  • 10 co-opted governors
  • 1 governor appointed by the Local Authority
  • 2 elected parent governors (1 from each school)
  • 2 foundation governors
  • 1 executive head team governor
  • 1 staff governor

We also have 3 associate governors, who provide skills and expertise, but cannot vote.

GOVERNOR ACHIEVEMENTS AND IMPACTS

``RECOGNISING OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION``

Ofsted has recognised the outstanding contribution that the governing body has made in strengthening the school’s leadership and ensuring capacity for future development. (Ofsted 2012, 2013)

The achievements of the governing body for the past year can be summarised as follows:

  • Strategic vision for the federation – 5 year plan directly linked to individual schools’ development plans (see download)
  • improved learning environments – Beaufort resources and facilities brought downstairs for improved access and stability, Langley Forest Schools outdoor classroom.
  • Improved learning provision – occupational therapy provision provided at Beaufort and Langley.
  • Increased provision for pupils with cognition and learning disabilities across the North and East of the city (24 places overall with plans for increased numbers once building and adaptations are completed)
  • Partnership Working – LTE governor working party, collaboration with collocated mainstream partners through building and planning, development of a training plan for governors.

GOVERNOR MEETINGS

GOVERNANCE MEETINGS AND MINUTES

The Full Governing Body meets twice per term.  It delegates some of its work to committees, through terms of reference which are reviewed and agreed annually by the Full Governing Body.  The membership of these committees is also agreed annually by the Full Governing Body.  The key committees are:-

  • Finance
  • Staffing
  • Joint Site for Beaufort and Colebourne Schools
  • Joint Site for Langley and Coppice Schools

Terms of reference of these committees are available in the Governor Downloads tab.

Additional formal meetings have been held of the statutory committees (Head teacher’s performance appraisal and Pay) to enable governors to carry out their statutory duties in these areas.

Governors also regularly visit both schools to participate in training days, joint celebrations and to visit the children and staff within the classroom.  This allows them to monitor key aspects of school development and provide support and challenge to the schools. Attendance at governing body meetings is monitored and apologies accepted, if appropriate, if governors are unable to attend. Governors have completed a skills audit and attend regular training to update their skills and knowledge as appropriate.

GOVERNOR MEETING HISTORY AND MINUTES

  • Langley and Coppice Joint Site Committee – Monday 14th September at 5:30pm
  • Beaufort Colebourne Joint Site Committee – Monday 21st September at Beaufort School at 4:30pm (rearranged as not quorate)
  • Full Governing Body Meeting – Monday 21st September at Beaufort School at 6:00pm
  • Beaufort and Colebourne Joint Site Committee – Monday 5th October at Beaufort School at 4:30pm
  • Staffing Committee Meeting – Monday 29th September at Langley School at 5:00pm
  • Finance Committee Meeting – Thursday 12th November at 4:00pm at Langley School
  • Staffing Committee Meeting – Monday 7th December at 4:00pm at Langley School
  • Full Governing Body Meeting – Monday 7th December at 5:00pm at Langley School
  • Joint Langley and Coppice Site Committee – Monday 18th January 5:30pm
  • Joint Beaufort and Colebourne Site Committee – Monday 29th February at Beaufort School at 4:30pm
  • Full Governing Body Meeting- Monday 3rd April at Langley School at 4:30pm
  • Full Governing Body Meeting- Monday 22nd May at Beaufort School at 4:30pm
  • Staffing Committee Meeting- Wednesday 24th May at Langley School at  9:30 am
  • Beaufort and Colebourne Joint Site Committee -Monday 12th June 2017 at Beaufort School at 4:30pm
  • Full Governing Body Meeting- Wednesday 18th July at Langley School at 4:30pm

GOVERNOR LINKS AND DOWNLOADS

IMPORTANT POLICIES AND INFORMATION

A full list of policies and official governor documents can be found below. This will be added to as and when appropriate.

At Beaufort School, our governors are also mindful of the National Governors’ Association (NGA), an independent charity that aims to improve the educational standards and well-being of the children and young people through supporting and promoting outstanding governance in all state-funded schools, including academies and free schools.

For further information on local authority governor information and to apply for a position, please visit the Birmingham City Council school governor information page.

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