The Governing Body works closely with the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) through a ‘strategy team’ and focuses its monitoring activities through pairs of governors working against specific Academy improvement priorities. Delegation to the various parts of the pyramid are made and reviewed by the full Governing Body.
The apex of the pyramid comprises the Headteacher and SLT and is focused on the professional day-to-day activity of the Academy. The Headteacher reports to the Governing Body on this function via Headteacher Reports to Governors.
A Strategy Team of 5-7 governors (including the chair and vice chair) forms the central section of the pyramid, and will work closely with members of the Academy’s SLT. This team has as its focus ‘Strategic Academy Improvement – next year and beyond’. They will know the Academy well through self-evaluation (SEF/SIAS), engage in benchmarking, and develop strategies and plans for Academy improvement. The team reports through its minutes to the full Governing Body.
Pairs of governors called ‘Monitoring Pairs’ are assigned against a priority or theme of the Academy plan, and make monitoring and evaluation visits during the year. They meet with the lead professional(s) responsible for in-Academy delivery of that target approximately 3 times during the year. The first visit is to be focused on achieving a shared understanding of the priority and how it is to be delivered, the second to discuss progress, and the third to evaluate the results. Each time a visit is made; a report is prepared and circulated to the Governing Body which will also inform strategy.
The full Governing Body meets 3 times each year, considers reports and recommendations, makes decisions and conducts delegated business.
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