The remit of this committee is to scrutinise the school’s performance in signposts related to Teaching and Learning. These are:
Teaching and Learning
The remit of this committee is to understanding what good quality teaching looks like and that it is happening. To assist with this, governors undertook additional training this year to be able to better interpret the school data on RAISE online. This also helps inform decisions on closing the PP gap and also looking at the strategies in place for the high achievers.
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 Ebacc was not compulsory.
A key theme last year was the journey to success for the new GCSEs and the need to start mastering the required skills from Year 7. All departments are working backwards from Year 11 to build upon previous work they started on ‘trees of knowledge’ which will create a flight path for students from Year 7 to Year 11 and will allow the school to project targets and pinpoint where to intervene if a student under-performs in comparison to their predicted flight path. This year’s results will help us to evaluate these pathways and amend as appropriate.
As this is a new methodology the governors will be keeping a close eye on this and governors spend time with Heads of Department, as well as taking part on ‘learning walks’ to help their understanding of the quality assurance of teaching standards.