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Standards Committee - Terms of Reference

1.1 To ensure that the School complies with the statutory requirement to provide a balanced and broad-based curriculum for its students that includes the national curriculum, religious education, collective worship, sex and relationship education, work-related learning and careers education so as to:

1.1.1        provide opportunities for all students to learn and achieve; and

1.1.2        promote students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepare all students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.

1.2 To ensure that the School, where necessary, modifies the national curriculum programmes of study so as to provide all students with relevant and appropriately challenging work at each Key Stage having regard to the three principles essential to developing an inclusive curriculum by:

1.2.1        setting suitable learning challenges;

1.2.2        responding to students’ diverse learning needs; and

1.2.3        overcoming potential barriers to learning and assessment for individuals and groups of students.

1.3              To ensure that the School secures the right of each student, irrespective of social background, culture, race, gender and differences in ability and disabilities, to the appropriate number of areas of learning so as to develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes necessary for their self-fulfilment and development as an active and responsible citizen.

1.4              To ensure that, in respect of all courses provided for students below the age of 19 which lead to external qualifications, those qualifications are approved.

1.5              In conjunction with the Resources Committee to ensure that sufficient resources are provided for students to cover the national curriculum and associated statutory requirements.

1.6              To review the recommendations of external reviews of the School and to contribute, in collaboration with the Headteacher, to the curriculum related priorities and issues in the School Development Plan and Ofsted Action Plan.

1.7              To monitor and review School-based, local and national performance information and data relating to the School.

1.8              To monitor, evaluate and report to the Governing Body on the achievement and progress of students throughout the School.

1.9              To monitor, measure and review the School’s performance in delivering the curriculum to students against the School’s targets and objectives.

1.10          With the Headteacher to produce and, and from time to time, review:

1.10.1     the School Curriculum Policy setting out the principles underpinning the curriculum and reflecting the School’s commitment to developing all aspects of its students’ lives.

1.10.2     the School Assessment Policy setting out the principles underpinning both formative and summative assessment as integral to the teaching and learning process within the curriculum.

1.10.3     such other School policies as are required, in particular but not limited to:

  • religious education
  • collective worship
  • special educational needs (SEN)
  • sex and relationship education
  • work-related learning and careers education and
  • drug education and prevention

and otherwise where such policy shall be relevant to the principles underpinning the curriculum and reflecting the School’s commitment to developing all aspects of its students’ lives.

1.10.4     a Complaints Policy and Procedure for parents and Carers for matters in connection with the curriculum.

1.11          To ensure that Parents and Carers receive the results of statutory assessments and an annual report on Students’ educational achievements and other information about the School.

1.12          To ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, engagement with students on decisions under these terms of reference that affect them and to have regard to guidance issued by the Secretary of State on consultation with students.

1.13          To take account of the SEND Code of Practice, to address the needs of those students with SEND, and to review how this is done.