Ethos, Inclusion and Safeguarding Committee
Membership and Role
Membership of the committee will be no fewer than 3 governors, chosen at the beginning of each academic year. The Principal or her nominee and the Chair of Governors or his nominee will automatically be members of the Committee. As well as collective responsibility, most members of the committee will have individual responsibilities to keep the committee and the Board of Governors up-to-date with specifics elements of this remit.
The quorum for each meeting will be 3 governors.
The committee will meet termly (usually immediately before the full Board meetings) and otherwise as required.
The committee will report to each meeting of the Board.
The committee clerk will be responsible for arranging meetings, taking and distributing the minutes (together with relevant papers) and following up agreed actions.
The committee has delegated power to make its own decisions on behalf of, and without referral to, the full Board of Governors, except where the subject matter requires full Board consideration by law or in accordance with the Academy’s established scheme of delegation.
Terms of reference
The Ethos, Inclusion and Safeguarding Committee will take the lead on:
- Ensuring the health, safety and well-being of staff and pupils
- Promoting community cohesion and inclusive practice relating to race, gender and disability equality
- Overcoming barriers to learning
- Parental and community liaison including links to the church and local event
- Developing and reviewing policies identified within the school’s policy review programme and in accordance with its delegated powers
The Ethos, Inclusion and Safeguarding Committee will accept full delegated responsibility for the discharge of the following duties:
To agree annual attendance targets and monitor progress towards achieving these
Systematically to gather the views of stakeholders and report on these, in order that outcomes are effectively used to inform planning
To monitor and evaluate:
- The impact of the school’s punctuality, attendance and behaviour policies
- The quality of the schools provision for personal development and well-being
- The effectiveness of care, guidance and support for learners
- The extent to which pupils feel safe
- Healthy lifestyles
- The extent to which pupils contribute to the school and wider community
- The extent to which pupils develop workplace and other skills that will contribute to their future economic well-being
- The extent of the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
- The effectiveness with which the school promotes equal opportunity, tackles discrimination and promotes community cohesion
- The effectiveness of safeguarding policies and procedures and tenure that the school complies with all health and safety and safeguarding regulations.
To provide guidance to the Full Board for the following which cannot be delegated:
- Approval of Academy policies on sex and relationship education and religious education.
- Suggested Termly Focus
- Policies in need of review this year
- Annual targets for punctuality and attendance
- Information to parents on the Academy’s curriculum
- The Academy Prospectus
- Equal Opportunities
- Healthy Living
- The quality of the Academy’s communication with parents
- Review of the Parents Questionnaire
- Provision for pupils with additional needs
- Matters arising from the Governors Annual Review
- Use of community resources/ room
- Work/life balance of staff
- Outdoor education
- Enhanced Learning opportunities
- Sex and relationships
- Effectiveness of the committee
- ICT & E-safety
- Healthy Schools
- Able Gifted & Talented
- Work life balance
- Educational Visits