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Governance Charter - Section 4 - Trust Panels & Intervention Boards

Teaching, Learning & Assessment (TLA) Panel

Terms of Reference

The Board of Trustees of the Consortium Trust has established a TEACHING, LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT PANEL with the following Terms of Reference:

  • Membership   The panel is a representative body of Academy Heads from each member school, alongside the Education & Learning team.
  • The CEO/Principal of the Trust will be appointed as the Chair of the Panel.
  • The Panel will appoint a Clerk to the Committee.

Attendance
The Panel may request any member of the Directorate Lead to attend meetings of the Panel, either regularly or by invitation in order to provide information.  This invitation may be extended to other individuals associated with teaching, learning and assessment as appropriate.  Invited attendees will not hold voting rights on the Panel.

Voting
The quorum for each meeting will be one half of the numbers of the Panel (rounded up).  Decisions of the Panel will be taken by majority of those present and voting.  The Chair will have a casting vote in the situation of equality of votes.  The Panel will be bound by the terms of collective responsibility and will be expected to engage enthusiastically and with purpose in respect of all decisions.

Meetings
The Panel will meet half termly as standard and will convene for additional meetings as appropriate and deemed necessary.  Unless otherwise agreed, notice for meetings will be sent to members and any other person invited or required to attend, with a minimum of 7 days-notice of the date of the meeting.

Minutes
The Clerk will minute the meeting and resolutions of the Panel, determining at the beginning of the meeting whether anyone present has a conflict of interest.  This will be minuted accordingly.

Authority
The Panel is authorised by the Trust Board to carry out activities as detailed within the Terms of Reference.  It is authorised to seek any information it requires from employees through appropriate channels (line management), and there is an expectation that employees will co-operate with any request, in a timely and appropriate manner. 

The Panel is authorised by the Trust Board to obtain outside legal or other professional advice and to secure attendance of any person at any meeting with relevant experience and expertise if it considers this necessary.

Team Around a School (TAS) Panel

Terms of Reference

The Trust is committed to supporting Schools and acknowledges that, through changes to staff, cohorts, educational expectations, financial environments, and other internal and external influences, schools will require additional and differing levels of intervention and access to resources from within the central team.

The Team Around the School (TAS) has a specific remit, based on the circumstances of the school at that particular time.

At our primary schools the Director of Primary Education will convene the appropriate team to support the school, Chair the TAS and will submit an action plan detailing the issues that need to be addressed, actions to address the issues and the timescale and resource allocation.

The TAS will be a time limited intervention process; the time allocated will be wholly dependent on the issues to be addressed.

The Terms of Reference for TAS will be specific to the School.

More detail is provided on the Trust website www.consortiumacademy.co.uk

Locality Committee Intervention Board

Terms of Reference

In exceptional circumstance the Trust Board may determine the removal of an LC by majority resolution. The Chair of Trustees will convene an LC Intervention Board comprising of a Chair (from the Board of Trustees or Members) and members of the Directorates.  There will be no fewer than three (3) and no more than five (5) members on an Intervention Board.

The Intervention Board will have a specific remit, based on the circumstances leading to the removal of the LC.  The Intervention Board will be tasked with the formation of a new and robust LC within one term of convening.

The Intervention Board will submit an action plan to the Board of Trustees detailing the issues that need to be addressed, actions to address the issues, and timescale and resource allocation.

The Intervention Board will cease to be responsible for the school on establishment of an Locality Committee although may retain supportive roles for up to a further term if required.

The Terms of Reference for an Intervention Board will be specific to the school.

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