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School Improvement Committee

Terms of Reference for the School Improvement Sub-Committee

General Terms

·         To act on matters delegated by the full governing body.

·         To liaise and consult with other committees where necessary.

·         To contribute to the School Improvement Plan.

·         To consider safeguarding and equalities implications when undertaking all committee functions.


·         Committees are free to determine their own quorum, but as a minimum this must not be less than five governor members of the committee.


·         The Governing body is free to determine how often the committee meets and may delegate this to the committee it may depend upon the circumstances of the school at the time but it will be no less than 3 times a year. The Committee meetings will not be open to the public but minutes shall be made available.  Information relating to a named person or any other matter that the committee considers confidential does not have to be made available for inspection.

·         In the absence of the chair, the committee shall choose an acting chair for that meeting from among their number.

·         In the absence of the clerk the committee shall choose a clerk for that meeting from among their number (someone who is not the headteacher).

·         The minutes of each meeting will be circulated when agreed by the head and chair and will be presented at the next ordinary meeting by the chair (or in his/her absence another member of the committee) to be recorded in the minutes of the main meeting.

·         Any decisions taken must be determined by the majority of votes of the committee members present and voting – but no vote can be taken unless a majority of those present are governors.

Curriculum planning and delivery

·         To review, monitor and evaluate the school curriculum.

·         To recommend for approval to the full governing body the:

-          Self-evaluation form

-          School Improvement Plan

-          Targets for school improvement to the governing body.

·         To develop, review and ratify policies identified within the school’s policy review programme and in accordance with its delegated powers (e.g. sex education and pupil behaviour/discipline).

·         To ensure that the requirements of children with special needs are met, as laid out in the Code of Practice, and receive termly reports for the headteacher/SENCO.

Assessment and improvement

·         To monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of leadership and management.

·         To monitor and evaluate the impact of quality of teaching on rates of pupil progress and standards of achievement.

·         To monitor and evaluate rates of progress and standards of achievement by pupils, including any underachieving groups.

·         To monitor and evaluate the impact of continued professional development on improving staff performance.

·         To monitor and evaluate provision for all groups of vulnerable children (e.g. looked after children) and ensure all their needs have been identified and addressed, and to evaluate their progress and achievement.

·         To regularly review and develop the Assessment Policy and to ensure that the policy is operating effectively.

·         To consider recommendations from external reviews of the school (e.g. Ofsted or local school improvement advisers), agree actions as a result of reviews and evaluate regularly the implementation of the plan.

·         To ensure that all children have equal opportunities.

·         To advise the resources committee on the relative funding priorities necessary to deliver the curriculum.


·         To monitor the school’s publicity, public presentation and relationships with the wider community.

·         To identify and celebrate pupil achievements.

·         To oversee arrangements for educational visits, including the appointment of a named co-ordinator.

·         To ensure all statutory requirements for reporting and publishing information are met and the school website content is fully compliant and presented in an accessible way.

·         To visit school events regularly (where appropriate) and to complete a governor monitoring form.

·         To partake in the main annual governor monitoring exercise in school.