chievements and PrioritiesCOVID 19 has inevitably restricted how we work and we cannot come into school but we have had zoom meetings and met with staff remotely. We have been kept well informed about everything around remote learning, school closure and provision for key workers and vulnerable families, returning to school and the Recovery Plan.
Summary of the governing body work from September 2020-July 2021
COVID 19 restrictions continued to impact how we worked and we could not go into school but we have held zoom meetings and met with staff remotely. We have continued to be kept very well informed about the children’s learning and welfare. We have been kept up to date as the Academy Partnership continues to develop new ways of teaching and learning.
The headteacher and staff have supported the governors in our work by giving their time and sharing their passion and enthusiasm for the tremendous work they have done this year in teaching and caring for children and supporting families.
The governing body had a very positive audit of our work in December 2020, and we have strengthened as the year has progressed.
Governor activity, meetings and individual governors have carried out many tasks, some of which are listed below:
Progress on last year’s priorities:· Further consideration of ways to deepen community engagement. · Engagement by the school has been considerable over the last year through the support given by staff to families impacted by the pandemic.
· Supported the school community and monitored Risk Assessments and work with the school in light of COVID19.
· Received information about the new school curriculum, Recovery Curriculum and RHSE policy. Approved the new RHSE policy · Governors and staff will be meeting in September 2021 to identify ways of working together to monitor the new curriculum.
· Monitored the progress of the Academy Partnership Improvement plan. · Governors will be meeting in September 2021 to find out about the priorities of·the Academy Partnership Improvement Plan and how they can support and monitor its progress in the year ahead
· Received Headteacher’s reports which included updates on data about pupils’ achievements, pupil absences, appointment of new staff, staff training, COVID 19 Risk Assessments and Protocols, information about Home Learning, Recovery Curriculum and new Nurture curriculum and RHSE curriculum developments.
· Followed monitoring schedules linked to school priorities and met with linked school leaders.
· Welcomed new parent, staff and Trust appointed governors
· Supported the induction of the vice chair as new chair of governors ready for September 2021
· Reviewed management accounts and received information about the 2021-22 Budget
· Chair and Vice Chair attended MAT Academy Review Meetings. Received and discussed reports from the MAT Academy Director of School Improvement
· Received much information about the impact of the support for pupils and families during lockdown and transition back to school
· Received reports about the process of performance management
· Monitored the impact of safeguarding, SEND and attendance policies
· Adopted a range of MAT policies and approved the updated Academy Behaviour Policy
· Received presentations and asked questions of the Nurture, English/Phonics, Maths, SEND and Safeguarding leaders
· Carried out monitoring meetings with school leaders e.g. attendance, SEND, Health and Safety, Safeguarding, pupil and parent surveys, pupil premium
· Contributed to the MAT Academy Safeguarding Audit which noted governor support and challenge within it
· The whole governing body attended training sessions on Governor Monitoring and SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools). Individual governors attended courses linked to their responsibilities
Summary of our priorities for September 2021 - 2021
- To develop a plan to deepen community engagement
- To monitor the effectiveness of the curriculum
- To develop expertise as a governing body
- To monitor the progress of the Academy Partnership Improvement