It is a requirement that all committees of the governing body have written terms of reference (ToR). As well as outlining rules for membership and decision making, these give details of the areas of responsibility of the committee and the tasks it will perform.
ToRs are subject to audit and to inspection by Estyn.
The ToRs for each committee must be approved by the whole governing body and should be reviewed annually. This review need not be time consuming and may be done by the committees themselves making recommendations.
However, in 2007, we are asking all governing bodies to undertake a thorough review of their committees’ ToRs, culminating in revised ToRs where necessary. Please contact Governors’ Support Services for help on this. We can offer advice as well as leading a self-review session for the whole governing body.
Following the links below should help you through the process :
Please note - these are common non-statutory committees. Each GB will need to identify the areas in which each of its committees works and will need to adapt the terms of reference accordingly e.g. in the absence of a community committee, some of its tasks may be incorporated into the work of the Buildings committee.