Terms of Reference
Full Governing Board
In exercising their functions, the Governing Board shall have as their terms of reference the following principles.
They shall act with integrity, objectivity and honesty in the best interests of the Academy; and be open about the decisions they make and the actions they take and in particular shall be prepared to explain their decisions to interested persons.
Nothing in the paragraph above shall require the Governing Board to disclose material relating to -
- a named teacher or other persons employed or engaged, or proposed to be employed or engaged, at the Academy;
- a named pupil at, or candidate for admission to the Academy; or
- any matter which by reason of its nature, the Governing Board or a committee of the Governing Board are satisfied should remain confidential.
The role of the Governing Board
(1) The Governing Board shall exercise their functions with a view to fulfilling a largely strategic role in the running of the Academy.
(2) The Governing Board shall establish a strategic framework for the Academy by -
- Setting aims and objectives for the Academy;
- Setting policies for achieving those aims and objectives;
- setting targets for achieving those aims and objectives.
(3) The Governing Board shall monitor and evaluate progress in the Academy towards achievement of the aims and objectives set and regularly review the strategic framework for the Academy in the light of that progress.
(4) In exercising the functions in paragraphs (2) and (3) above, the Governing Board shall-
(a) (subject to any other statutory provision) comply with any trust deed relating to the Academy; and
(b) consider any advice given by the Headteacher relating to the establishment and review of the strategic framework.
(5) The Governing Board shall act as a ''critical friend'' to the Headteacher, that is to say, they shall support the Headteacher in the performance of his/her functions and give him/her constructive criticism.
The role of the Headteacher
- The Headteacher shall be responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the Academy, and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the Governing Board.
- The Headteacher shall advise the Governing Board in relation to the establishment and review of the strategic framework, and in particular the Headteacher shall -
- formulate aims and objectives for the Academy, for adoption, with or without modification, or rejection by the Governing Board;
- formulate policies for the Academy for achieving those aims and objectives, for adoption, with or without modification, or rejection by the Governing Board; and
- formulate targets for the achievement of those aims and objectives for adoption, with or without modification, or rejection by the Governing Board.
- The Headteacher shall report at least once every Academy year to the Governing Board on the progress made towards achieving the aims and objectives set in particular towards meeting specific targets set.
Delegation of the Governing Board's functions
(1) In deciding whether or how to exercise any power to delegate their functions, including the general power in regulation 41 of the Education (A Government) (England) Regulations (b) the Governing Board shall have regard to-
- the requirement that they should exercise their function with a view to fulfilling a largely strategic role in the running of the Academy; and
- the responsibility of the Headteacher for the internal organisation, management and control of the Academy.
- The Headteacher shall comply with any reasonable direction of the Governing Board in performing any function delegated to him by the Governing Board
The Academy curriculum policy
- The Headteacher shall –
- review the curriculum policies every Academy year and shall formulate any necessary changes to the curriculum policies for adoption by the Governing Board.
- implement the curriculum policies adopted by the Governing Board.
(2) The Governing Board shall -
- consider the curriculum policies formulated by the Headteacher and adopt it, with or without modifications, or remit it to the Headteacher for reformulation;
- monitor, evaluate and review the implementation of the curriculum policies; and
- consider and adopt, with or without modification, or reject any changes to the curriculum policies proposed by the Headteacher.
The performance management policy
- The Governing Board must have established (by 31 December in accordance with Regulations) a written policy (''the performance management policy'') setting out how Academy teacher appraisal at the Academy is to be implemented.
- In this instance ''Academy teacher appraisal'' means the system of appraisal of the Headteacher and other Academy teachers governed by the Education (Academy Teacher Appraisal) (England) Regulations 2) © (''the Appraisal Regulations'').
- The Governing Board shall review the performance management policy every Academy year.
- Following such review, the Governing Board shall, if they see fit, amend the performance management policy.
- If directed to do so by the Governing Board and the Headteacher shall consult all other Academy teachers at the Academy about the formulation of a performance management policy or the amendment of the performance management policy.
- The Headteacher and the Governing Board shall implement the policy.
- The Governing Board shall make a copy of the performance management policy available for inspection at the Academy at any reasonable time by -
- any Academy teacher employed at the Academy;
- any person involved in the inspection of the operation of the Academy teacher appraisal system;
- any external adviser appointed in accordance with Appraisal Regulations.