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William Shrewsbury Primary School
William Shrewsbury
Primary School
Learning and Growing Together

Curriculum and Standards Committee

Remit for the Curriculum and Standards Committee

  • Review Curriculum Policies
  • Receive information and updates from subject leaders
  • Review school data, including Raise online, Dashboards and internal tracking data
  • Compare school performance with local and national data
  • Be familiar with the school's assessment procedures
  • Review external monitoring reports on the work and performance of the school
  • Identify governor training needs and arrange for the school to book appropriate training
  • Accept and review the school's Learning Development Plan annually
  • Contribute to the school Self Evaluation Document
  • Discuss and review options for school structures on an annual basis
  • Review school link governor programme annually
  • Set priorities for the Governor Improvement Group
  • All other matters regarding curriculum and standards  as they arise.
  • Ask challenging questions relating to school performance (examples below)

Questions to ask Governors

  1. What is the vision of the school, the ethos of the school and the strategic direction the school is taking?
    • Can you give an example of a strategic decision that the Governing Body have taken recently and how does that fit into the overall vision?
  2. How do Governors contribute to the school’s self-evaluation and understand its strengths and weaknesses?
    • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the school?
  3. How do Governors support and strengthen school leadership?
  4. What strategies do you use to challenge and hold the headteacher and other senior leaders to account for improving…
    • Can you show how you hold the school to account for improving ….
      • the quality of teaching
      • pupils’ achievement and pupils’
      • behaviour and safety?
  5. How do Governors use performance management systems, including the performance management of the Headteacher, to improve teaching, leadership and management?
    • How is performance management used to improve teaching and learning and leadership and management? (HT and Teachers)
  6. How does the Governing Body ensure solvency and probity and that the financial resources made available to the school are managed effectively?
    • Can you convince me that financial resources are well managed? How do you know?
  7. How does the Governing Body ensure that statutory duties are met and priorities are approved?
    • Can you give examples of how statutory duties are met?
  8. Can you give examples of how the school engages with key stakeholders?
    • What partners does the school engage with? How does this make things better for the children?
  9. How does the Governing Body use the pupil premium and other resources to overcome barriers to learning, including reading, writing and mathematics?
    • How do you spend the pupil premium? What difference has it made to pupil outcomes?