Summer term 2024 agenda items

Get up to speed on the headline topics you're likely to cover in your board meetings this term. Read on to understand each issue and feel prepared with questions you can ask to scrutinise the agenda items effectively.

Updated
on 4 April 2024
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Contents
  1. Prioritise wellbeing and mental health
  2. Be clear on the arrangements for summer 2024 exams
  3. Review and approve your budget plan and financial forecast
  4. Review and publish details of your PE and sport premium funding (primary schools)
  5. Monitor recovery premium funding
  6. Consider staffing arrangements for 2024/25
  7. Be aware of your school's cyber security
  8. Reflect on your board's effectiveness
  9. Monitor your school improvement plan (SIP) and review your goals
  10. Set the strategy for 2024/25
  11. Make sustainability part of your strategy in 2024/25
  12. Evaluate how you're promoting British values
  13. Headteacher's report 
  14. Set up your governors with training 

Prioritise wellbeing and mental health

After a challenging 2 terms, you'll want to make sure that the school is supporting the wellbeing of your headteacher, school leaders, staff and pupils. 

As a board, ask yourselves the following questions, and then chat to your headteacher and senior leaders where you have any uncertainty:

  • What's being done to support our headteacher's wellbeing? How do we know if they're coping with their workload and achieving a healthy work-life balance?
  • What is our school doing to improve wellbeing for each of the following: headteacher, senior leaders, staff, and pupils? Does it have action plans for this?
  • What's the intended impact of these initiatives? How does the school know whether they're working? 
  • Do school leaders survey staff to understand their needs – for example, using a wellbeing questionnaire?
  • Does our school vision include a commitment to improving mental health and wellbeing? If not, should we review the vision together with senior leaders?