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Role of Governing Body

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  • Monitor and agree changes to instrument of government including terms of office;
  • Appoint, suspend or remove governors in accordance with Regulations*;
  • Hold at least three governing body meetings a year*;
  • Regulate procedures of meetings e.g. code of confidentiality and code of conduct;
  • Appoint or remove the Chair and Vice-Chair*;
  • Appoint or remove a Clerk to the governing body*;
  • Establish the committees of the governing body and their terms of reference*;
  • Decide which functions of the governing body will be delegated to committees, groups and individuals and review the delegation arrangements annually*;
  • Appoint the Chair of any committee (this may be delegated to committee);
  • Appoint or remove a Clerk to each committee (this may be delegated to the committee);
  • Appoint associate members to committees and determine their voting rights;
  • Appoint link or designated governors, including performance management governors*;
  • Ensure Headteacher provides such reports as requested by the governing body to undertake its role;
  • Receive reports from any individual or committee to whom a decision has been delegated and to consider whether any further action by the governing body is necessary*;
  • Ensure requirements within Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education are met;
  • Ensure requirements within the duty to promote Community Cohesion are met;
  • Approve the first formal budget plan of the financial year (if not delegated to committee) and best value statement;
  • Ensure copies of minutes of full meetings are forwarded to the Local Authority;
  • Monitor and keep under review School Development Plan;
  • Approve school prospectus;
  • Approve written description of financial systems and procedures in line with LA’s scheme for financing schools;
  • Ensure school works within SFVS;
  • Publish proposals for alteration, change of category or closure of school*;
  • Recruit Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher*;
  • Determine arrangements for recruitment of other members of staff;
  • Participate in school self review process including review of Governing Body effectiveness;
  • Decide on decision to federate or form joint committees with other school governing bodies*;
  • Any items which individual governing bodies may wish to include;

*these matters cannot be delegated to either a committee or an individual

Disqualification – as per Regulation 20 and Schedule 6 of the Constitution Regulations

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