Achievement and Learning Committee

Members of the Achievement and Learning Committee

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  • Mrs C. Aitcheson
  • Mr T. Gartside

Terms of Reference for the Achievement and Learning Committee

General Terms

  • To act on matters delegated by the full Governing Board.
  • To liaise and consult with other committees where necessary.
  • To contribute to the College Development Plan.
  • To consider safeguarding and equalities implications when undertaking all committee functions.


Quorum is three governor members of the committee, two of whom must not work at the College.


  • The committee will meet at least once each term in accordance with the schedule of meetings determined by the Governing Board.
  • In the absence of the chair, the committee shall choose an acting chair for that meeting from among their number.
  • In the absence of the clerk, the committee shall choose an acting clerk for that meeting from among their number (someone who is not the Principal).
  • The draft minutes of each meeting will be circulated with the agenda for the next ordinary meeting of the full Governing Board and will be presented at that meeting by the chair (or in his/her absence another member of the committee).
  • Any decisions taken must be determined by a majority of votes of committee members present and voting. No vote can be taken unless a majority of those present are governors. Issues on which consensus cannot be achieved must be referred to the full Governing Board if any of the voting members of the committee so desire.

Curriculum planning and delivery

  • To review, monitor and evaluate the curriculum offer.
  • To recommend for approval to the full Governing Board the:
    • Self-evaluation form
    • College Improvement Plan or College Development Plan’s
    • Targets for College improvement.
  • To develop and review policies identified within the College’s policy review programme in accordance with its delegated powers (e.g. student behaviour/discipline, sex education).
  • To ensure that the requirements of the children with special needs are met, as laid out in the Code of Practice, and receive termly reports from the Principal/SENCO and an annual report from the SEN governor.

Assessment and improvement

  • To monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of leadership and management.
  • To monitor and evaluate the impact of quality of teaching on rates of student progress and standards of achievement.
  • To monitor and evaluate rates of progress and standards of achievement by students, including any underachieving groups.
  • To monitor and evaluate the impact of continuing professional development on improving staff performance.
  • To set priorities for improvement, and monitor and evaluate the impact of improvement plans which relate to the committee’s area of operation.
  • To monitor and evaluate provision for all groups of vulnerable children (e.g. looked after children) and ensure all their needs have been identified and addressed, and to evaluate their progress and achievement.
  • To regularly review and develop the Assessment Policy and to ensure that the policy is operating effectively.
  • To consider recommendations from external reviews of the College (e.g. Ofsted or local College improvement advisors), agree actions as a result of reviews and evaluate regularly the implementation of the plan.
  • To ensure that all students have equal opportunities.
  • To advise the Resources Committee on the relative funding priorities necessary to deliver the curriculum.


  • To monitor the College’s publicity, public presentation and relationships with the wider community.
  • To identify and celebrate student achievements.
  • To oversee arrangements for educational visits, including the appointment of a named co-ordinator.
  • To ensure all statutory requirements for reporting and publishing information are met and the College website content is fully compliant and presented in an accessible way.


Achievement and Learning Committee will review and agree the following policies:

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education (ratification by FGB);
  • Policies relating to the teaching of specific subjects, e.g. English Policy, Maths Policy;
  • Homework Policy;
  • Examinations Policy.