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Scrutiny Panels

Mowbray Education Trust revised its governance model at the start of January 2021, following a period of review and consultation.

From January 2021 the Trust will operate two Scrutiny Panels, one focusing on Curriculum and one on Pupil Performance. Each Scrutiny Panel will comprise volunteers, called Scrutiny Panellists. Scrutiny Panellists may be parents of pupils within one of the Trust’s primary or secondary schools, or they may be members of the local community with transferable skills from their professional lives, who are looking to give back to their local community.

Every Scrutiny Panellist is affiliated to one of the Trust’s schools and will get to know that school well. Their observations and evaluations will feed into Scrutiny Panels, which have a trust-wide perspective.

A Scrutiny Panellist attends 3 Scrutiny Panel meetings each academic year – once every term. They also visit their school in between meetings to develop their knowledge of the school and will typically undertake these types of activity:

  • Discussions with Head teachers/Heads of School
  • Discussions with subject leaders and classroom teachers
  • Discussions with Teaching Assistants and Cover Supervisors
  • Learning Walks
  • Book Looks
  • Discussions with children about their learning
  • Reading and analysing formal and informal information from the school.

. A Scrutiny Panellist serves a term of four years.

How can I find out more?

You can view the terms of reference for each of the Scrutiny Panels by clicking below:
Terms of reference for the Curriculum Scrutiny Panel
Terms of reference for the Performance Scrutiny Panel

You can view the role description and person specification for the role as a Scrutiny Panellist hereYou may also be interested in the role of the Chair of a Scrutiny Panel, which can be viewed here.

Scrutiny Panels  are guided by, and report into one of the Trust Board’s sub-committees the Quality of Education Committee. The Chairs of the Scrutiny Panels are voting members of the Quality of Education Committee. You may be interested to read the terms of reference for the Quality of Education Committee to understand the interplay between the Committee and the Scrutiny Panels. You can download this document here.

If you are interested in finding out about becoming a Scrutiny Panellist, then we would love to hear from you! Please contact Susan Beasley (Company Secretary) via email > [email protected]

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