Cabot Learning Federation
Academy Council Terms of Reference
The Trust’s Articles of Association provide for each Academy of the Cabot Learning Federation to be established, to provide local governance arrangements on behalf of the Board.
Membership and Administration
Membership: Up to five Board-appointed councillors, including the Chair; an Executive Principal; two parent councillors; LA nominated councillor; teacher councillor; support staff councillor; student advocate; Academy Principal.
Elected councillors: Self-nomination is offered to parents and staff councillors. Should more nominations than positions be received, the Academy should hold an election process.
Terms of office: 4 years; for length of employment in the case of Principal and Executive Principal
In attendance: The Academy Business Manager, members of the leadership team as required, members of the Executive Team as required.
Chairmanship: The Chair is appointed by the CLF Board.
Clerk: Each Council will appoint a clerk.
Quorum: 5 members
meetings: At least four times per year.
Minutes: To be circulated to members of the committee and made available to the Board on request.
Academy Councils are responsible for holding Principals and their leadership teams to account for the quality and effectiveness of the academy experience of the students under their care. They do this through monitoring performance against an annual academy improvement plan, through monitoring risks and responses to risks, and through overseeing systems and processes for the safeguarding of children and the health, safety and wellbeing of academy staff.
Academy Councils are expected to both support and challenge the Principal and academy leadership in respect of the school improvement journey.
Academy Councils have certain powers delegated to them under the CLF Trust’s Scheme of Delegation.
The specific duties of the Committee shall be:
- To monitor the Academy’s risk register, ensuring that risks and responses are appropriately identified, and that mitigation measures are appropriate in addressing risks, escalating significant risks to the Board as appropriate.
- To approve and monitor academy improvement plans, reporting any significant exceptions to the Board.
- To review local academy targets including but not limited to student attainment, including narrowing educational gaps, progress, attendance, behaviour, and wellbeing, and to hold Principals to account for achieving these.
- To review local academy targets around the quality of teaching and learning, and to hold Principals to account for achieving these.
- To approve and monitor any improvement plans following Ofsted and DfE inspections.
- To monitor the breadth, balance and effectiveness of the curriculum.
- To approve, review and amend local academy policies and procedures, and to monitor compliance with these.
- To receive reports about fixed term and permanent exclusions and review the effectiveness of provision to support pupils vulnerable to exclusion.
- To review the Academy’s annual staffing plans to ensure that the staffing structure can effectively support the Academy’s priorities
- To review the Academy’s financial plans to ensure that resources are being directed appropriately, and to monitor the Academy’s overall financial position, reporting concerns to the Board where necessary.
- To be engaged in Academy recruitment processes, in particular for senior Academy leaders and Principal appointments.
- To feed into the appraisals of Academy Principals and other Academy leaders.
- To nominate members to sit on HR panels for the purposes of procedures involving hearings.
- To ensure that the Health and Safety Policy is correctly implemented and to ensure that the Academy has processes and procedures in place to secure the health, safety and wellbeing of staff and students, including ensuring that statutory training requirements are met.
- To approve and periodically review the Academy’s critical incident plans and procedures to ensure that they remain effective.
- To ensure that the Academy has adequate arrangements in place for reporting accidents.
- To receive the report of the Academy’s health and safety committee.
- To carry out any other duties as may be occasionally required by the Board.
|REGISTER OF PECUNIARY INTERESTS AND ATTENDANCE FOR THE YEAR 2015/16|
|Type||Name||Start Date||End||Employer||Other known Directorships/Pecuniary Interests||No of Meetings possible to attend||No attended|
|Chair||1||Ian Webber||24/09/13||24/09/17||Royal Bank of Scotland||N/A||7|
|Sponsor||2||Helen Jaworska – Webb||UWE||N/A||7||6|
|Sponsor||3||Rob Stroud||UWE||Employee of DFE||7||5|
|Parent Councillor||5||Steven Harrison||24/09/13||24/09/17||HMRC||N/A||7||6|
|Parent Councillor||6||Rachele Harvey||18/01/16||18/01/20||N/A||N/A||5||5|
|Independent Councillor||7||Angela Long||27/06/13||27/06/17||N/A||N/A||7||7|
|Teacher Councillor||8||Nafessa Malik||09/11/15||09/11/19||CLF||N/A||7|
|Local Authority||9||Helean Hughes||04/12/14||04/12/18||South Glos Council||N/A||7||3|
|JCA Support Staff||10||Jan Crocker||17/09/13||17/09/17||CLF||N/A||7||6|
|Student Advocate||11||Sion Dell||16/05/16||16/05/20||CLF||N/A|
|Sponsor||2||Helen Jaworska – Webb|
|Parent Councillor||5||Steven Harrison||24/09/13||24/09/17|
|Parent Councillor||6||Rachele Harvey||18/01/16||18/01/20|
|Independent Councillor||7||Angela Long||27/06/13||27/06/17|
|Teacher Councillor||8||Nafessa Malik||09/11/15||09/11/19|
|JCA Support Staff||10||Mark White||28/11/16||28/11/20|
|Student Advocate||11||Sion Dell||16/05/16||16/05/20|
Chair of John Cabot Academy Council
The Council operates under a Scheme of Delegation from the Cabot Learning Federation and members act as “critical” friends to John Cabot Academy. Their responsibilities include holding the Principal to account for strategy, financial management, student safety and achievement.
Ian Webber is the Chair of Council; his background is in financial services and he brings his experience of running large operations and change programmes to the Council. Ian is married with two teenage children and his current priorities include strengthening the working practices of the Council to ensure it provides robust governance as the Academy changes and moves forward.