The governing body of The Blue Tangerine Federation aims to ensure each school in the federation provides the best possible education through robust monitoring and analysis of each school's work.
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Details of the Structure and Responsibilities of The Governing Body and its Committees
The Governing Body of the Blue Tangerine Federation has conducted skills audits, used to support the retention and targeted recruitment of new board members in order to ensure the school is supported as best it can be.
Meetings are set at regular periods across the year and seek to challenge the Executive Headteacher and School Leaders on the data about school finances, children's progress, staff development and the quality of the provision for each child. At Full Governing Body meetings there are full and frank discussions, rigorous challenge as well as recognition of the teams' work.
The Governors are now able to undertake more forensic interrogation of comparative data across the schools in order to ensure the school leaders are investigative and thorough in their analyses. Governors understand their roles and take a strategic view of the school and needs for further development.
Guidance and support form a significant role of the governors. The wealth of experience and talents the governors collectively share, inform and shape the development of the school. Skills from Governors' roles in other aspects of the community and careers are brought to ensure benchmarking and guidance is effective.
All Governors undertake visits to the school - some planned and some drop-in visits, in order to validate what they are informed about. Their reports show governors interview staff, pupils and parents about the school in order to ensure a rounded view of what happens here on a daily basis. Several of the governors are also parents of children in the school and they triangulate their experiences with the reports on each school and the impact of decision making.
In all, we have a very strong team of governors who, like the staff and pupils, love the school and want to ensure they make a difference in consistently striving to improve and make life a better place for each and every child here.
The Blue Tangerine Governing Body Objectives
The Blue Tangerine Governing Body has three main objectives to fulfil its role in supporting the school.
- To hold the school leaders and Executive Headteacher to account for the performance of the school
- To contribute to, and seek clarity on, the strategic vision and direction of the school
- Exercise oversight of the financial performance of the school
Outlined below are the key activities which the governing body members have followed for the last academic year to carry out their role.
Holding school leaders and Executive Headteacher to account:
The Executive Head has a standing agenda item at governing body meetings. A Head of School's report is circulated prior to the meeting and covers a wide range of points on the day-to-day operation of the school. The governors can monitor changes over time and ask challenging questions. Two Governors are responsible for the Executive Head’s annual performance and appraisal. The Governing Body established a working group to scrutinise and question the re-organisation plans. The governors, Executive Head and Senior Leaders have established an Ofsted file, detailing up-to-date information on the school and its performance.
Strategic Vision and Direction
Governor input to, and monitoring of, the School Improvement and Development Plan (SIDP) which sets out the schools focus and how it plans to thrive in a changing educational landscape.
Finance & Resources Governors exercise governing body duties with respect to the financial status of the school. This includes budget reviews through the year, budget planning, governor approval for spending of larger amounts and detailed questions on spending.
Other activities to support the school
In addition to the above:
Governors attend safeguarding training and other courses at school with the staff in order to remain current and contribute more widely to the school. Governors support new members of staff and form part of interview panels, bringing their expertise to the development of the school. All governors make visits to the school and reports for these visits inform the triangulation of data and observations about school practices. Governors attend parents evenings, end of term productions and other events throughout the year.
The Governing Body meets 7 times a year - each half term and an additional Training FGB meeting. This has been preferable to operating committees as all governors are aware of all aspects of the schools' provisions and can hold staff to account. All governors work in other (and similar) organisations and finding additional time beyond governor visits is challenging for many.
Governors with specific skills and areas of interest work with staff on particular projects and have oversight of particular areas - examples include Safeguarding, CLA, Finance, literacy, Health and Safety and as such meet with staff throughout the year, feeding back to the Governing Body.