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Governor Impact Statement

GOVERNING BODY ANNUAL IMPACT STATEMENT (2019-20)

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of Lytham Hall Park Primary School Governing Body are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos, values and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 

Governance Structure and Meetings

The Governing Body of Lytham Hall Park Primary School was re-constituted again in 2015/16 year.

We are now made up of:

1 Staff Governor

1 Headteacher Governor

2 Elected Parent Governors

1 Local Authority Governor

10 Co-opted Governors (currently 2 Co-opted Governor vacancies)

 

MEETINGS

The Full Governing Body meets three times in the year.  We reviewed and revised our committee structure in 2015/16 to move further in line with the core functions.  We now have four committees

  • Health and Safety & Projects
  • Quality of Education (previously Educational Performance)
  • Financial Performance and Staffing
  • Strategy and Vision

which meet at least termly, sometimes more often if required.  We have used these meetings to monitor progress of targets in the school improvement plan and challenge and hold senior leaders to account on all aspects of the work of the school.

 

THE HEALTH & SAFETY and PROJECTS COMMITTEE

This committee is chaired by Alderman Fieldhouse who is a longstanding and experienced member of the Governing Body. The Health and Safety Committee actively and strategically check the whole of school through focused walk throughs each term.  In 2013 they completed the extension to the school as the school has grown to two form entry. The committee then took the lead on key projects to ensure the existing school was fit for purpose providing the pupils’ with a light, bright learning environment with a clear vision that the school would feel a consistent whole. 

 

In 2019/20 key projects have included general maintenance across the school including the removal of the wooden mushrooms in the KS1 playground to keep the playground equipment safe, added additional storage for art equipment in the link area, replaced the planting in the outdoor planters to ensure they are more manageable and replaced the rotten windows in the hall with more suitable PVC frames.   The response to the Legionella survey was finalised with all changes completed.   The committee reviewed two aspects of ongoing work including the progress on flooding at the rear of school and the replacement of the damaged playground surface.  Unfortunately, COVID halted and delayed this work.  The committee agreed updates to IT across KS2 and in the main hall.  Again, the main hall work was delayed due to COVID but will be completed in autumn 2020.

 

The committee ensured a thorough risk assessment was in place to support the school working as a COVID secure environment for staff and pupils and families.  This was the main Health and Safety focus as school remained opened to the families of critical workers and vulnerable pupils throughout the pandemic, including holidays and Bank Holidays, working in close partnership with the nursery.

 

The committee continue to access the Health and Safety SLA and the school business manager accesses the support visits as part of the SLA to ensure best practice.   

 

THE EDUCATIONAL PERFORMANCE COMMITTEE

The committee is chaired by Mrs Harrison who is a long-standing Governor at Lytham Hall Park and is an experienced educational consultant.  The committee scrutinises all pupil progress and attainment data and monitors the quality of our school improvement plan key priorities and the impact these have on pupil achievement.  The committee also monitors the impact of the use of our Pupil Premium Funding and Sports Funding.  They have a clear and significant focus on ensuring standards remain high.

The Committee received regular presentations from the senior leadership team to consider the development of the LHP curriculum including the next steps in PSHE and the response to monitoring and evaluation.   

The committee regularly have opportunities to examine pupils’ work and identify examples of impact, this year they examined the impact of computing and the use of Apple technology on the quality of teaching and learning.  The school has had a significant investment in IT resources and in CPD to ensure teachers in Year 4, 5 and 6 can use the Apple technology effectively.    

During lockdown, provision was made for critical worker children to attend school and for those children learning remotely to continue to learn.  The quality and content of this provision was quality assured by the SLT.

The impact of PE funding was reviewed in depth.  The school improvement plan priorities were reviewed on a regular basis with a clear focus on impact.  Various policies have been reviewed and updated throughout the year.  Curriculum innovations and special events continued throughout the year including ‘lockdown’ and a ‘Governor Team Covid’ was identified to support and review decision making during lockdown and beyond which met weekly and continues to do so.

The committee also reviews the whole school data across school.

 

FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE and STAFFING COMMITTEE

In 2019/20, Mrs Kelly Norton-Noon became the Chair of Financial Performance and Staffing Committee.   Mrs Norton-Noon was previously a member of the committee and has a background as an accountant which brings expertise to the role. 

The committee meets formally at least once every term to cover the key elements of termly business including holding the Headteacher and Finance Officer to account for the financial performance of the school and approving the draft and final school budgets.  Throughout the year the Chair has provided verbal and written financial summaries to the Committee and to the Full Governing Body highlighting the financial condition of the school. 

In recent years, and continuing in 2019/20, the committee have made proactive decisions to appointment additional teaching staff which has further built the leadership capacity through flexibility of the assistant and deputy head in school.  The investment in building leadership capacity was apparent this year as the AHT tool maternity leave from June 2021.  An internal prompted post ensured leadership in school continued with excellent capacity, this was essential as the school moved into lock down and school closing to all except the children of critical workers.  

This year the Committee approved expansion of the purchase of Apple kit across school for all year groups and EYFS.  This has ensured that all classes will have Apple IT Kit in classrooms and for teachers from September 2020. 

The committee have ensured the funding is available to put together an effective and growing teaching team prioritising funding for high quality professional development for all staff. The committee have authorised the funding of significant building works providing an excellent learning environment linked to the school vision for independent pupil learning and collaboration.

The committee explored benchmarking and concluded that spending has continued to impact favourably as pupils’ achievement remains high.  This often links to the proactive decision made in relation to investment in continuous professional development across the whole staff team.

The committee has steered the school budget during COVID and ensured the budget remained in a strong position with decisions made to facilitate remote education and bubbled staffing to meet the needs of the pupils and to provide a COVID secure environment.

 

STRATEGY AND VISION COMMITTEE

This committee is chaired by Mr Mason the longstanding and experienced Chair of Governors.  It is made up of the most senior members of the Governing Body.  The main aim of the committee is to aid the strategic direction of the school and ensure that all governors have a clear understanding of the vision and aims and strengths and development needs of the school.   

The committee leads on the annual action plan which is shared with the Full Governing Body. Key actions in 2019-20 have included the adoption and development of REACT (Reflective, Evaluative and Creative time) as a standing item on the agenda of every meeting of the Full Governing Body which will now be linked to governor self-evaluation and reflection on their effectiveness.   This has been driven by the full governor self-evaluation training session that took place.  

The committee have also provided ongoing support and challenge to the Headteacher during the COVID-19 pandemic.   They reviewed the risk assessment and the full opening guidance, including the LA guidance.  They reviewed and contributed to the decision making around the COVID response in 19/20.

 

THE FULL GOVERNING BODY 

This meeting is chaired by Mr Mason who also Chairs the Strategy and Vision Committee.  At Full Governing Body meetings Governors receive a report from the Headteacher on all aspects of the leadership of the school including the school improvement plan.

The Governing Body  have been supportive of continuing to further school to school support and have continued to release the Headteacher to work as an associate adviser supporting five schools and newly appointed head teachers (as part of Headstart). This work concluded in April 2020.  The Governing Body also continued to support the school in maintaining the role of strategic partner in the Fylde Coast Teaching Alliance.  This has enabled the deputy headteacher to increase her involvement in initial teacher training (ITT) and in the establishment of the primary SCITT.     The Governing Body recognise the benefits gained through school to school support.   In 2019/20 the Chair of Governors has continued to drive the governors’ understanding of the role of the nominated governor and stronger links with faculties and key staff in school have been established with increased regularity of reporting at Full Governors’ meetings.  This provides appropriate opportunities for Governors to reflect on the work of the Governing Body, evaluate their effectiveness and be innovative.

During the COVID-19 pandemic the Governing Body continued to meet via video link, although the committees in the summer term were cancelled. 

 

OTHER COMMITTEES

The Headteacher appraisal panel met in the autumn term to carry out the Headteacher’s annual appraisal.  The Pay Review Panel met to review the school’s implementation of the Pay Policy linked to appraisal.  There is also a Pay Review Appeals Panel which has not met because there were no appeals.

 

INDIVIDUAL GOVERNOR RESPONSIBILITIES

In addition to sitting on the committees, Governors have a number of individual responsibilities.

 

Training Link Governor:

Mr Hale has taken on the responsibility for overseeing governor training.  He ensures that governors attend appropriate and relevant training courses to develop the skills they need and to improve their effectiveness and make an active contribution to the governing body.  This year governors have continued with the 10 minute training sessions at the start of each meeting.  This is in addition to Governor E-Learning online training, such as Prevent training, and face to face training. The majority of governor training this year has moved online due to the COVID_19 pandemic.  

 

Safeguarding Governor including Prevent, Children Look After and Pupil Premium Champion:

Mrs Harrison is responsible ensuring that we continue to work for an outstanding level of safeguarding provision in school.  She liaises with the designated senior leads in school checking safeguarding policies, procedures and records for ensuring that staff and governors are appropriately trained and reporting back to the full governing body.  She also acts as the voice for pupil premium and vulnerable children including those with special educational needs asking the appropriate challenging questions.

Mrs Harrison meets regularly with the DSL, including reviewing CPOMS.  Mrs Harrison is currently DSL trained.

As the school entered lockdown all vulnerable pupils were identified.  These included CAF/TAF, SEND children with CSC involvement and those who school deemed vulnerable due to additional support the FLM provides in school.  School/home contacts were set up on a weekly basis.  Pupils identified were invited to attend school in person or remain at home supported by remote learning.  The FLM provided support via zoom or face to face as appropriate.   

 

SEND Governor

Mrs Harrison is responsible for ensuring that the key responsibilities of the SENCo are clearly defined and meet the needs of the school. She is in regular contact with the SENCo and monitors the way in which the responsibilities and SEND processes are carried out.

 

Nominated Governors 

In 2019/20 nominated Governors have maintained their links with Faculties across school.  However, during the COVID-19 pandemic and the related workload, governors agreed not to contact the faculty leads.   In the first part of the year governors  regularly linked with the faculty leads, attend training and events within the faculty and work with the faculty leads to increase their understanding of the Action Plans and Impact Reports for each faculty.   Nominated Governors provide a verbal report on their faculty at Full Governors’ meeting. 

 

SCHOOL VISITS

Governors visit the school regularly. Visits provide an opportunity to speak with pupils, staff and parents.  This enables them to observe pupil behaviour, school routines and ethos & values first hand.

The Chair of Governors (Mr Mason) meets regularly with the Headteacher to discuss all aspects of the work of the school. These meetings moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governors (Mr Hale and Mr Thompson) attended school as volunteer helpers and so have a clear and up to date understanding of the work of the school. Again, this was suspended from the first lockdown in March 2020.

Nominated Governors visit the school to establish and maintain strong links with designated faculties and link staff.  They attend relevant events, meetings and review the impact statements with the faculty leads.  Due to teacher and senior leadership workload, the faculty links were suspended from the lockdown in March 2020. 

The Community Link Governor continued working with the Headteacher to maintain and guide community links during the lockdown and the pandemic, communicating directly with the Year 6 parent body in relation to end of year celebration events during the pandemic. 

Governors regularly attend school events throughout the year and were invited to all events that moved online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governors have sat on interview panels as appropriate.  This year we have made some very positive appointments which remains essential at this time of continued growth.  These moved online for summer 2020 and the Chair of Governors attended these virtually and was fully involved in the whole process online, including shortlisting and interviewing. 

 

LISTENING TO OTHERS

The Governing Body regularly seeks the views of pupils and parents as part of our function of supporting and maintaining improvements in the performance of the school, this includes the provision of weekly parent drop in sessions offered by all teachers and the family learning mentor.     These sessions have continued during the COVID-19 pandemic but have moved to either online ‘ZOOM’ meetings or phone calls.

We seek parents' views throughout the year and complete the Lancashire Parental questionnaire every two years in the autumn term, feeding back to parents via the Newsletter.  School specific questionnaires are completed more regularly.  This year we consulted the parents to seek their views on full opening and to prepare for this.  

We survey KS1 and KS2 pupils towards the end of the summer term.  This was not appropriate this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and remote education. 

Findings from all these consultations are fed back to the relevant Committee and used to improve the overall performance of the school. 

 

TRAINING

The Governors have attended a range of training opportunities this year and we have completed and reviewed a skills audit.  The skills audit recognises that existing Governors have a strong base of relevant expertise and experience.  

Governor Training has included:

  • 10 minute training sessions at the start of meetings
  • Induction training for new Governors
  • Online training via Governor E-Learning and Lancashire Professional Development Services.
  • OfSTED update and the role of the Governing Body
  • Prevent Training
  • Health and Safety Training
  • Safeguarding Updates
  • Lancashire Chairs' Forums termly
  • Education Inspection Framework 2019
  • Schools Financial Value Standard
  • The role of the Training Link Governor
  • Governing Board Self Evaluation and Development
  • Covid-19 : DfE Guidance
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