This committee will have delegated powers to undertake the role within the framework of the principles and terms of reference set out below.
To monitor the development of the school curriculum with a view to ensuring that the curriculum fulfils statutory requirements, meets the needs of all pupils at the school and provides a range of rich relevant and varied learning experiences for all pupils.
To monitor the quality of teaching as reported to the governing body by the head teacher and senior management team through their programme of classroom observations and via the reports of external advisors/ inspectors to the school.
To monitor pupil outcomes with respect to the rates of progress of pupils at the school and comparison with national figures and the progress and attainment of pupils with similar needs.
Specific Terms of Reference.
To receive reports from the head teacher and appropriate members of the school management team on curriculum development and planning.
To act as a consultative group to the head teachers in the area of curriculum development.
To ensure that the school curriculum meets statutory requirements of the national curriculum and related legislation.
To ensure that the curriculum meets the full range of needs of children placed at the school and that the appropriate facilities and resources are in place to support the delivery of the curriculum.
To receive summary reports from the head teacher, broken down by Key Stage, on the overall quality of teaching in the school and to act as a consultative group to the head teacher on actions required to continuously improve and maintain the quality of teaching.
To monitor overall rates of progress of pupils at the school, by considering the rates of progress of groups or cohorts of children in core areas.
To compare the rates of progress and attainment of children at the school with national data on the attainment of children with similar needs via national data bases such as CASPA and Raiseonline.
To report back to the full governing body on the three key areas of curriculum development, quality of teaching and pupil outcomes.
The Teaching and Learning Committee will meet three times a year as follows:
September/October: to consider national comparator data on pupil outcomes, to consider overall data on Quality of teaching and to receive reports from the head teacher on proposed curriculum development.
January/ February: to consider half year data on pupil progress from “Learning Conversation” meeting summaries, Reading and Spelling data and general pupil progress reporting.
June /July: to consider reports on the impact of curriculum development and pupil progress and outcomes.
The committee will consist of four governors, including a teacher governor, plus the head teacher acting in an advisory capacity.
To be quorate there should be 50% of appointed governors present at any meeting,
The Chair of Governors and Head Teacher have a right to be present at all committee meetings.
Membership of the Teaching and Learning Committee should be reviewed at the last full governing body meeting of the academic year.