The remit of this committee is to scrutinise the school’s performance in signposts related to Teaching and Learning. These are:
Teaching and Learning
As most governors do not have a current educational background, they have undertaken significant amounts of training and have spent a lot of time in school to understand what good quality teaching and learning looks like. This helps them to interpret and understand the data reports which are presented to them and to effectively challenge what senior leaders tell them. Governors on this committee also take part on ‘learning walks’ to help their understanding of the quality assurance of teaching standards.
Decisions about the structure of the school curriculum are made at this committee. For example, the school had to decide whether it was going to make the government’s preferred English Baccalaureate (EBacc) measure compulsory, given it is used as performance measure for schools. This would mean students would have less choice at GCSE level and would be ‘forced’ down a more academic route. Governors agreed that giving students as wide a subject choice as possible was preferable and made the decision that the EBAC was not compulsory.
High quality teaching and learning will always lead to positive student outcomes. This committee will analyse the current performance data and challenge any areas where they feel there has been under-performance. They will ensure that interventions have been put in place (where possible) or that corrective actions have been taken to improve performance.