Committees

Members:

Mr Ken Wilson

Mr John Pennington

Mrs Clare McGarrigle

 

Functions

  • Determine, under the guidance of the CEO, a curriculum policy for the MAC to ensure provision of a balanced and broadly based curriculum. This will include:
  1. i) The curriculum, extra-curricular activities and ethos to prepare pupils for life in modern Britain and;
  2. ii) A written MAC wide policy on relationships and sex education, in accordance with any DES policy and/or CES policy, which shall be taught in accordance with the social and moral teachings of the Catholic church
  • Determine policy across the MAC on religious education and collective acts of worship in accordance with the Bishops’ Conference Curriculum Directors
  • Consider reports received from any Senior Executive Leader as applicable or in relation to any academy regarding standards.
  • Provide the LGB with all necessary advice and support about standards and expected pupil outcomes as and when required.
  • Review the impact of the curriculum across the Academy in terms of upholding the Catholic ethos of the schools, suitability for teaching and learning and meeting the requirements of the National Curriculum, assessment and reporting requirements.
  • Review the quality of teaching and learning across the Academy and consider strategies for development
  • Review the performance of students eligible for the Pupil Premium in conjunction with the Pupil Premium Committee
  • Review the performance of SEND students in conjunction with the SEND Committee
  • Monitor, evaluate and review data tracking procedures across the Academy and recommend strategies for development
  • Monitor, evaluate and review the impact of inclusion strategies across the Academy including reports on exclusions, rewards’ policies etc.
  • Monitor the Academy’s role within the local community.
  • Ensure the MAC wide Behaviour policy is adopted which should also include an Exclusions Policy reflecting the Catholic ethos, character and values of the MAC
  • Review the use of exclusions across the MAC and investigate inconsistencies
  • Monitor, evaluate and review the Equality and Diversity strategies to promote an inclusive ethos.

Members:

Mrs Sally Hancox

Mr Ken Wilson

Mr Jason Holt

 

Functions

  • Ensure good financial management and effective internal controls
  • Comply with the Funding Agreement and the Academies Financial Handbook
  • To consider a draft budget for the year based on priorities in the Academy and individual academy development plans. Final budget to be approved by the Board of Directors.
  • Ensure sufficient rigour and scrutiny in the budget management process to understand and

address variances between the budget that has been set and actual income and expenditure,

receive and consider information on financial performance at least three times a year, and take

appropriate action to ensure ongoing viability

  • To ensure value for money and efficiency is obtained across the MAC in all areas.
  • To respond to auditors’ comments
  • To ensure compliance with financial regulations as set out by Company Law
  • To determine the MAC improvement fund contribution
  • To report on actions necessary to maintain the premises (land and buildings) in a satisfactory state of appearance and repair
  • To determine annually, the Pay policies adopted by the Academy and the Academy’s salaries budget, the salaries of teaching staff. The MAC Directors may set pay and conditions for staff which differ from the DfE’s national pay and conditions documents. Before doing so they must first seek approval from their HR advisor to ensure compliance with the law and inform the DES of their intentions prior to any change being implemented.
  • To determine annually, in accordance with the adopted Pay Policy and any appropriate regulations and agreements and within the Academy’s salaries budget, the salaries and gradings of support staff.
  • To deal with any other matters relating to pay, appraisal and employment as may be referred by the MAC Board
  • The Pay committee will ensure that each teacher’s salary is reviewed annually, with effect from 1st September and no later than 1st December each year, and that all teachers are given a written statement setting out their salary and any other financial benefits to which they are entitled.
  • Decisions on support staff pay will be made by 31st March each year with employees being notified in writing of the pay decisions from directors.
  • The Board of Directors must ensure that their decisions about levels of executive pay follow a robust evidence-based process and are reflective of the individual’s role and responsibilities.
  • To work with the LGB to develop a 5 year estate management strategy for each academy.
  • Once the 5 year estate management strategy is in place for each academy, to determine the building/funding priorities throughout the MAC. Directors will apply to the DES for consent when planning and before starting any building works
  • To ensure the accounting system for any non-official funds are sufficiently strong so that mis-use or error are detected (as determined by the financial policies)
  • To ensure that assets (land and buildings) have appropriate levels of insurance cover at all times (Page 17 – scheme of del)
  • To respond to recommendations from the Audit and Risk Committee
  • Monitor and review the use of all available resources in order to improve the quality of education, improve pupils’ achievements and to secure value for money
  • Develop and maintain a website for the MAC ensuring information required by statute, Funding Agreements and Academies Financial Handbook is published.

Members:

Mrs Clare McGarrigle

Mr John Pennington

Mrs Bridget Williams

 

Function:

The Human Resources committee is responsible for decisions and recommendations to the Board of Directors on policy and the use of resources in HR. It acts as a reality check for the interface between HR and the rest of the MAC and challenges the HR team to ensure that

proposed policy changes are proportionate, logical and in-keeping with our Wellbeing Policy. It is essential that policies take into account Diocesan policies. The main areas of work covered by the committee are:

  • Workforce and succession planning – teaching and support staff;
  • Recruitment, interchange, selection for jobs, talent management and succession planning
  • The monitoring of a carefully co-ordinated training and development programme that includes induction, training, CPD and wellbeing;
  • Diversity in Human Resource policies and operations;
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing issues including the monitoring of work-life balance
  • Performance management and appraisals including the approval of the appraisal policy;
  • Industrial relations, and employment law compliance; conduct and discipline issues and health and wellbeing issues;
  • Review and monitor the MAC’s Equality objective, making any recommendations to the change in the policy to the Board of Directors
  • Ensure that the Single Central Record is maintained for all MACs based and cross academy appointments
  • Monitor, evaluate and review the Equality and Diversity strategies to promote an inclusive ethos.
  • To monitor and review the Gender Pay Gap for the MAC
  • To monitor and review the Equality Impact Assessment

Members:

Mrs Bridget Williams

Mrs Sally Hancox

Mr Jason Holt

 

 

Function

AUDIT AND RISK COMMITTEE (includes Health and Safety)

The Audit and Risk committee is authorised by the board to investigate any activity within its terms of reference, and to seek any information it requires from staff, who are requested to co-operate with the Committee in the conduct of its inquiries.  Requests for work, and reports received, from internal audit will be channelled through the Accounting Officer, to whom the Internal Auditors and Responsible Officer reports.  The Audit Committee is authorised to obtain independent professional advice if it considers this necessary.

Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Review the multi-academy’s internal and external financial statements and reports to ensure that they reflect best practice.
  • Discuss with the external auditor the nature and scope of each forthcoming audit and to ensure that the external auditor has the fullest co-operation of staff.
  • Consider all relevant reports by the Responsible Officer, internal auditors and external auditors including reports on the multi-academy accounts, achievement of value for money and the response to any management letters.
  • Review the effectiveness of the multi-academy internal control system established to ensure that the aims, objectives and key performance targets of the organisation are achieved in the most economic, effective and environmentally preferable manner.
  • Ensure that the multi-academy internal audit service meets, or exceeds, the standards specified in the Government Internal Audit manual, complies in all other respects with these guidelines and meets agreed levels of service.
  • Consider and advise the board on the academy’s annual and long-term audit programme.
  • Consider internal audit reports, including value-for-money reports and the arrangements for their implementation.
  • To review the Risk Management in place across the MAC ensuring a robust Risk Register is in place and reviewed annually
  • To adopt a MAC wide Health and Safety policy, ensuring all statutory compliance with health and safety is met across the MAC
  • To conduct regular consideration of Health and Safety issues associated with the buildings/sites including consideration of information from the LGBs
  • Adopt a MAC wide Lettings policy in accordance with the requirements of the DES, the committee will review this annually making any necessary recommendations to the Board of Directors
  • Review the operation of the academy’s code of practice for board members and code of conduct for staff.
  • Consider any other matters where requested to do so by the board.
  • Report at least once a year to the board on the discharge of the above duties.

Members:

Mrs Clare McGarrigle

Mr Jason Holt

Mr John Pennington

 

Function

Directors and LGBs have the responsibility of overseeing the effective use of SEND funding to ensure that the money is effectively deployed to maximise outcomes and wellbeing.

  • Ensure the MAC wide SEND policy is implemented and monitored with SEND students making excellent progress
  • Monitor, evaluate and benchmark the use of SEND funding in the academies and report good practice/concerns to the Resources Committee and Curriculum and Standards Committee
  • Monitor the outcomes and projections of SEND children
  • Monitor the attendance levels of SEND children
  • Benchmark the quality of SEND Statements
  • Ensure that websites are compliant with SEND requirements
  • Receive reports from individual LGBs regarding the progress of SEND children
  • Receive up to date best practice research in the effective use of SEND funding
  • Receive updates from SENDCOs
  • Monitor any issues relating to SEND including concerns/complaints

Members:

Mr Ken Wilson

Mrs Bridget Williams

Mr Jason Holt

 

Functions

Directors and LGBs have a key responsibility to safeguard students and staff in their care.  The remit of this committee is to:

  • Adopt a MAC-wide Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
  • Adopt a MAC-wide policy regarding School Trips.
  • Ensure up to date training is provided and legal compliance issues are met.
  • Ensure the Single Central Record is maintained for all MAC based and cross school appointments.
  • Ensure that all MAC Directors and Governors are offered safeguarding training and safer recruitment training.
  • Ensure that at least one Director on any recruitment panel has completed safer recruitment training.
  • Monitor safeguarding practice across the MAC and take appropriate action where safeguarding practice is falling below the standards expected.
  • Report any safeguarding concerns to the Directors or follow the Whistleblowing Policy if required.

Members:

Mr John Pennington

Mr Ken Wilcox

Mrs Sally Hancox

 

Function

Directors and LGBs have the responsibility of overseeing the effective use of the Pupil Premium funding to ensure that the money is effectively deployed to maximise outcomes, wellbeing and to raise aspirations.

 

The remit of the committee is to:

 

  • Monitor, evaluate and benchmark the use of Pupil Premium funding in the academies and report good practice/concerns to the Finance Committee and Standards Committee
  • Monitor the outcomes and projections of PP children
  • Monitor the attendance levels of PP children
  • Benchmark the quality of Pupil Premium Statements
  • Ensure that websites are compliant with PP requirements
  • Receive reports from individual LGBs regarding the progress of PP children
  • Receive up to date best practice research in the effective use of PP funding
  • Receive updates from PP Champions