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Curriculum Committee

A list of the governor committees and their terms of reference are set out below. 

All committees have responsibility:

  • To act strategically,
  • To provide regular written minutes of meetings to the full governing body, identifying decisions taken or action required, and to keep a signed copy of all minutes at the school, available for inspection on request.
  • To establish a list of policies coming within the area of responsibility of the committee and monitor, evaluate and review them regularly
  • To review the effectiveness of the committee and recommend variations to the terms of reference.



To be accountable to all stakeholders and external agencies.  To act strategically in relation to the following:

School Improvement Plan  (common to all committees) Work with the school in drafting the vision and setting strategic priorities for the School Improvement Plan.  Review and approve School Improvement Plan targets and performance indicators. Monitor and evaluate progress in meeting these priorities.
Policies & Statutory Information To monitor, evaluate and review the Curriculum Committee Policies listed below.
National Curriculum Ensure a broad and balanced curriculum that promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils is taught at all key stages and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. Monitor and agree any proposed changes to the delivery of the curriculum including alternative pathways for pupils.
Religious Education Ensure that Religious Education is delivered in accordance with the Trust deed for the school and having regard to any advice issued by the Diocesan Bishop and in accordance with the characteristics of Sacred Heart education. 

Achievement and Standards KS3-5

Focus on the outcomes and progress of all pupils, ensuring the school makes effective use of all baseline data and sets targets for the achievement of pupils at the end of KS3, KS4 and KS5 for the following year.  Review exam analysis and pupil achievement data against the targets set including identifying any groups of pupils who may be under performing and ensuring that strategies are put in place to address this.  This includes specific consideration of disadvantaged groups including but not limited to Pupil Premium and SEN pupils, and ‘More Able, Gifted and Talented’ Pupils
Inclusive Delivery of Curriculum Monitor and review the delivery of the curriculum to ensure inclusive practice accessible for all including SEN pupils.
Teaching and Learning Monitor and review the school’s teaching and learning through the school’s departmental review system and in relation to the school’s Teaching & Leaning Policy 
Careers Education Ensure that impartial careers education, information and guidance is provided to pupils and strengthen the school’s links with the business community. 
Risk Register To regularly review the risk register; to ensure that the school acts carefully to mitigate risks; and to propose changes where appropriate to the full governors meeting 
Governor Visits In the summer term, make a plan for required governor visits for the following academic year to ensure appropriate oversight.
Training Review training requirements of committee members and liaise with the Training Governor to secure this.  
Review effectiveness To review the effectiveness of the committee and recommend variations to the terms of reference as appropriate

Curriculum Committee Policies

Final approval of these particular policies rests with the full governing body:

• Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy, Statutory 

• Pupil Premium Policy, Non-statutory

The full governing body has delegated approval of the following policies to the Curriculum Committee

• Teaching & Learning, Non-statutory

• More Able, Gifted and Talented Policy, Non-statutory

• Careers Education Policy (proposed)

• Assessment Policy, Non-statutory

• BTec. Policies, Non-statutory

• Curriculum Policy, Non-statutory

• Homework Policy, Non-statutory

• ICT Across the Curriculum, Non-statutory

• Literacy and Numeracy Policies, Non statutory

• Marking Policy, Non-statutory

• Teaching & Learning Observatory, Non-statutory