Governors Statutory Information
Every maintained school must publish specific governor information on its website to comply with The School Information (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.
CODE OF CONDUCT FOR THE GOVERNING BODY OF FLECKNEY CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL This code of conduct sets out the expectations on and commitment required from school governors in order for the governing body to properly carry out our work within the school and the community. The purpose of the governing body is to help the school provide the best possible education for each of its pupils and to enable them to reach the highest standards of education. The governing body is expected to contribute to the development of the school by:
• helping to develop the strategic framework within which the school operates
• determining the character, aims, ethos and values of the school
• developing school policies.
• monitoring and evaluating the work of the school
• offering support, appropriate challenge and constructive advice. The governing body acts at all times in accordance with the requirements of the role as laid down in relevant Acts of Parliament and Regulations. It is a corporate entity and accountable to the Department for Education, Leicestershire County Council, The Leicester Diocesan Board of Education, parents, pupils and the wider community for the way it carries out its functions. Governors have a responsibility to act fairly and without prejudice at all times and will fulfil all that is expected of them in relation to their responsibilities for school staff. The governing board has the following core strategic functions: Establishing the strategic direction, by: - Setting and ensuring clarity of vision, values, and objectives for the school - Agreeing the school improvement strategy with priorities and targets - Meeting statutory duties Ensuring accountability, by: - Appointing the headteacher - Monitoring the educational performance of the school and progress towards agreed targets - Performance managing the headteacher - Engaging with stakeholders - Contributing to school self-evaluation Overseeing financial performance, by: - Setting the budget - Monitoring spending against the budget - Ensuring money is well spent and value for money is obtained - Ensuring risks to the organisation are managed As individuals on the board we agree to the following: Role & Responsibilities
▪ We understand the purpose of the board and the role of the executive leaders.
▪ We accept that we have no legal authority to act individually, except when the board has given us delegated authority to do so, and therefore we will only speak on behalf of the governing board when we have been specifically authorised to do so.
▪ We accept collective responsibility for all decisions made by the board or its delegated agents. This means that we will not speak against majority decisions outside the governing board meeting.
▪ We have a duty to act fairly and without prejudice, and in so far as we have responsibility for staff, we will fulfil all that is expected of a good employer.
▪ We will encourage open governance and will act appropriately.
▪ We will consider carefully how our decisions may affect the community and other schools.
▪ We will always be mindful of our responsibility to maintain and develop the ethos and reputation of our school/group of schools. Our actions within the school and the local community will reflect this.
▪ In making or responding to criticism or complaints we will follow the procedures established by the governing board. ▪ We will actively support and challenge the headteacher and senior leadership team
▪ We will accept and respect the difference in roles between the board and staff, ensuring that we work collectively for the benefit of the organisation;
▪ We will respect the role of the headteacher and senior leadership team and their responsibility for the day to day management of the organisation and avoid any actions that might undermine such arrangements;
▪ We agree to adhere to the school’s rules and polices and the procedures of the governing board as set out by the relevant governing documents and law
▪ When formally speaking or writing in our governing role we will ensure our comments reflect current organisational policy even if they might be different to our personal views;
▪ when communicating in our private capacity (including on social media) we will be mindful of and strive to uphold the reputation of the organisation Commitment
▪ We acknowledge that accepting office as a governor involves the commitment of significant amounts of time and energy.
▪ We will each involve ourselves actively in the work of the governing board, and accept our fair share of responsibilities, including service on committees or working groups.
▪ We will make full efforts to attend all meetings and where we cannot attend explain in advance why we are unable to.
▪ We will get to know the school/s well and respond to opportunities to involve ourselves in school activities.
▪ We will visit the school, with all visits arranged in advance with the headteacher and undertaken within the framework established by the governing board.
▪ When visiting the school in a personal capacity (i.e. as a parent or carer), we will maintain our underlying responsibility as a governor.
▪ We will consider seriously our individual and collective needs for induction, training and development, and will undertake relevant training.
▪ We accept that in the interests of open governance, our full names, date of appointment, terms of office, roles on the governing board, attendance records, relevant business and pecuniary interests, category of governor and the body responsible for appointing us will be published on the school’s website.
▪ In the interests of transparency we accept that information relating to governors will be collected and logged on the DfE’s national database of governors (Edubase). Relationships
▪ We will strive to work as a team in which constructive working relationships are actively promoted. ▪ We will express views openly, courteously and respectfully in all our communications with other governors the clerk to the governing board and school staff both in and outside of meetings.
▪ We will support the chair in their role of ensuring appropriate conduct both at meetings and at all times.
▪ We are prepared to answer queries from other board members in relation to delegated functions and take into account any concerns expressed, and we will acknowledge the time, effort and skills that have been committed to the delegated function by those involved.
▪ We will seek to develop effective working relationships with the headteacher, senior leadership team, all staff and parents, the local authority and other relevant agencies and the community. Confidentiality
▪ We will observe complete confidentiality when matters are deemed confidential or where they concern specific members of staff or pupils, both inside or outside school.
▪ We will exercise the greatest prudence at all times when discussions regarding school/trust business arise outside a governing board meeting.
▪ We will not reveal the details of any governing board vote.
▪ We will ensure all confidential papers are held and disposed of appropriately. Conflicts of interest ▪ We will record any pecuniary or other business interest (including those related to people we are connected with) that we have in connection with the governing board’s business in the Register of Business Interests, and if any such conflicted matter arises in a meeting we will offer to leave the meeting for the appropriate length of time.
▪ We accept that the Register of Business Interests will be published on the school/trust’s website.
▪ We will also declare any conflict of loyalty at the start of any meeting should the situation arise. (or otherwise at a point during any meeting should a conflict of loyalty arise unexpectedly.)
▪ We will act in the best interests of the school as a whole and not as a representative of any group, even if elected to the governing board. Ceasing to be a governor
▪ We understand that the requirements relating to confidentiality will continue to apply after a governor/trustee/academy committee member leaves office Breach of this code of conduct
▪ If we believe this code has been breached, we will raise this issue with the chair and the chair will investigate; the governing board will only use suspension/removal as a last resort after seeking to resolve any difficulties or disputes in more constructive ways.
▪ Should it be the chair that we believe has breached this code, another governing board member, such as the vice chair will investigate. The seven principles of public life (Originally published by the Nolan Committee: The Committee on Standards in Public Life was established by the then Prime Minister in October 1994, under the Chairmanship of Lord Nolan, to consider standards of conduct in various areas of public life, and to make recommendations). Selflessness - Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. Integrity - Holders of public office must avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence them in their work. They should not act or take decisions in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends. They must declare and resolve any interests and relationships. Objectivity - Holders of public office must act and take decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias. Accountability - Holders of public office are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this. Openness - Holders of public office should act and take decisions in an open and transparent manner. Information should not be withheld from the public unless there are clear and lawful reasons for so doing. Honesty – Holders of public office should be truthful Leadership – Holders of public office should exhibit these principles in their own behaviour. They should actively promote and robustly support the principles and be willing to challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs.
On behalf of the Governing Body This Code of Conduct was first adopted on 12th October 2017 and is reviewed annually by the Governing Body of Fleckney Church
Governors’ Written Statement of Behaviour Principles.
Introduction Under the Education and Inspections Act, 2006, the governing body is charged with the duty to set the framework of the school's policy by providing a written statement of general principles relating to behaviour and discipline, taking into account the needs of all pupils.
The purpose of this statement is to give guidance to the Headteacher in drawing up the behaviour policy by stating the principles which governors expect to be followed. It compliments the school’s Behaviour Policy. The policy aims to underpin the governors’ duty of care to pupils and employees; promote teaching and learning and high standards of attainment and preserve the reputation of the school. This Statement and the Behaviour Policy is available upon request from the school and can be found on the school’s website. It is also held in the school office. This statement and the behaviour policy will be reviewed every two years, unless changes at national or local level necessitate an exceptional review. A Coronavirus Behaviour Policy Statement was also prepared before the re-opening of the school in June 2020. This has been reviewed and updated in August 2021. At Fleckney Church of England Primary School, we respect and value all children and are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all our pupils, so they can learn, in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. We believe every pupil should be able to participate in all school activities in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from harm. This is the responsibility of every adult employed by, or invited to deliver services at our school. We recognise our responsibility to safeguard all who access school and promote the welfare of all our pupils by protecting them from physical, sexual and emotional abuse, neglect and bullying. This written statement is informed by the school’s Vision Statement:
OUR VISION STATEMENT “Share our vision to provide an inspirational environment, where each child will develop mentally, spiritually and physically. Each child will leave our school with a thirst for knowledge, a caring attitude, concern for humanity, and respect for the environment. Help us to encourage each child to explore every opportunity, and to live life to the full”.
As a church school we highly prize our Christian Foundation and in our common life and practice we try to be guided by the Christian principles of love, forgiveness and compassion.. THE STATEMENT 1. We, the Governing body of Fleckney Church of England Primary School, believe that all members of our school community should be able to learn and achieve their full potential in a safe, secure and orderly environment. 2. We value the strong relationships that exist throughout the school, which leads to the mutual respect that encourages and supports good behaviour. 3. We respect diversity and have high expectations of everyone and we will actively promote equality of value whether race, gender, age, sexuality, religion or disability. 4. The behaviour policy is based on our belief in, and respect for, the value and contribution of all members of our community and their right to succeed. 5. We seek to eliminate all forms of discrimination, harassment and bullying. 6. The behaviour policy will be applied with consistency and fairness, with regard to each individual situation. 7. The emphasis will be on encouraging positive behaviour through high expectations; a focus on learning; and praise and rewards. 8. It is recognised however, that on occasions sanctions are necessary to demonstrate that misbehaviour is not acceptable; to express the disapproval of the school community and to deter other pupils from similar behaviour. 9. Sanctions will enable the pupil to reflect on, and learn from, their behaviour and to make reparation wherever possible. 10. Because of our focus on positive behaviours and the opportunities for pupils to learn from their mistakes, we expect lower than the national average rates of exclusion. We believe that exclusion of a pupil from our school would be a rare occurrence. 11. Some pupils, for example those with special educational needs, physical or mental health needs, and looked after pupils can experience particular difficulties with behaviour and the school will seek to ensure that such pupils receive behavioural support according to their need. 12. When making decisions the school must balance the needs of the individual with those of the school community and where pupil behaviour places others at risk, the safety of the pupil body as a whole is paramount. 13. Given the importance of the safety of the pupil body, the Governing body supports the right of the school to permanently exclude for a single offence where it is considered that allowing the pupil to remain in school would seriously harm the education or welfare of the pupil or others in the school. 14. Given the overriding need to keep children safe, the school will utilise their powers to search and to use reasonable force in order to keep individuals from harming, or further harming, themselves or others, when it is appropriate for them to do so. 15. We work with parents and carers to understand their children and their circumstances and believe this relationship is an important part in building a strong learning community. 16. Similarly, given our duty of care to the pupils, this written statement (and all other school policies that our influenced by it) applies to all pupils when in school when travelling to and from school, and when engaged in extracurricular activities such as educational trips and visits (residential and non-residential) and when being educated as a member of our school.