Leadership, Management & Premises

Terms of Reference

  • To oversee the strategic framework, established by the governing board, within which the Head Teacher and staff run the school and to focus on standards and school improvement.
  • To contribute, in collaboration with the Head and staff, to establishing, monitoring and evaluating sections of the School Improvement Plan relating to the leadership, finance, staffing and management of the school.
  • To keep relevant sections of the Self-Evaluation Form under review and update as necessary.
  • To establish, monitor the impact of, and review all the school’s plans, policies and procedures relating to staffing, finance, leadership & management as detailed on the Head Teacher’s report.
  • To draw up the annual budget for approval by the full governing body and submission to the LA in line with statutory guidance and timescales.
  • To monitor and evaluate expenditure of all monies generated by the school including grants and unofficial funds to ensure that spending provides best value and is linked to the school’s agreed priorities.
  • To ensure that the Governing Board, Head Teacher and relevant staff are managing finance in accordance with the school’s Scheme of Financial Delegation & Control and the Council’s Standing Orders, Financial Regulations for Schools and the School Financial Regulations and Guidance.
  • To comply with all the requirements of the Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS).
  • To ensure that an independent auditor(s) has been appointed to audit unofficial funds and submit audited accounts annually to the governing body for information.
  • To ensure that all insurances provide adequate cover.
  • To maintain a Register of Pecuniary Interests of governors and members of staff with financial responsibility.
  • To keep the staff structure under review at least annually in response to the changing needs of the school and make recommendations to the governing body for amendments as necessary.
  • To ensure that all staffing matters are dealt with in line with employment law and agreed procedures and that no member of staff or job applicant is discriminated against on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age or disability.
  • To establish panels for the appointment of teaching staff (except Head teacher and Deputy Vacancies) consisting of the Head Teacher and/or his representative(s) and at least one member of the governing body who is not an employee of the school.
  • To ensure that the training and development of staff and governors is linked to the school’s agreed priorities and monitor the impact of training on standards.
  • To ensure that the school has effective systems of mentoring and inducting new members of staff and governors.
  • To promote the health and welfare of staff.
  • To review and approve staff pay progression.
  • To establish a Pay Policy for all categories of staff and to be responsible for its administration and review.
  • To establish and review a Performance Management policy for all staff.
  • To consider any appeal against a decision on pay grading or pay awards.