Annual General Meetings Minutes 2010

National Middle Schools’ Forum


Annual General Meeting


Tuesday October 19th 2010

NCSL - Nottingham





1.      Chair's introductory remarks 


Barbara Reseigh, Chair of NMSF, opened the meeting by thanking members for attending the meeting which gave an important opportunity for members of the steering committee to consult members about the future direction of the Forum.


2.      Treasurer's Report


The closing balance at 13th October 2010 was £15550.09. This is a small increase on the balance at the last AGM, although there were expenses for the conference yet to be paid.


Income during this period - £14176.50

Expenditure during this period - £12295.30


Sue Kennedy was thanked for his hard work as treasurer.


3.       Executive Officer's report


The Executive Officer has supported heads and governors the new Bedford City unitary authority; the Purbeck area of Dorset and two middle schools in Yorkshire.


Links have been extended to Ofsted, DfE and the National Strategies.


A day conference in London in February, 2010. 43 Middle school heads and senior staff, together with one chair of governors attended conference. Ceri Morgan, HMI, gave an interesting and well received presentation.


Nigel Wyatt has co-authored a paper by Jenny Symonds of Cambridge University which presents interesting comparisons between the attitudes to school of pupils in Year 7 in middle and secondary schools.


4.      Brief report on Middle School Survey 2010


The report compiled from school responses to the survey is available on the Forum website. Figures on the length of service of headteachers suggest the average length of service is about 5 years – and appears to show that middle schools are being successful in recruiting new headteachers.


The appendix to the report contains invaluable information about interesting developments in the schools which contributed. It was agreed that Nigel Wyatt would contact the schools for permission to share the names of the schools concerned – so that interested Heads might contact them.



5.    Suggestions for the NMSF Development Plan 2010


Member’s views were sought on the future of the annual conference and the work of the Forum over the coming year. These are summarised on the attached Evaluation Report for the conference – see below.


A further suggestion was made that the Forum should consider repositioning middle schools through a change of name – and that the name ‘middle school’ is linked in people’s minds with problems over that last 15 years of decline in the sector.


These suggestions will be considered at the steering committee.


6.      Steering Committee Membership 2008/2009


LA areas were encouraged to consider ensuring that they were represented at Steering Committee meetings in London:


7. AOB


Steering Committee have proposed collecting exit data from middle schools in order to provide national data for middle schools which individual schools might use for benchmarking their achievements. This was agreed by all.


It was further proposed that the Forum investigate the possibility of brokering a deal for its school over the external marking of optional tests.



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Dates for Steering Committee Meetings for the coming year


    1. Tuesday 16th November 2010
    2. Tuesday 8th March 2011
    3. Tuesday 7th June 2011


At 10.30 -  St Saviours Church, St George's Square, Pimlico, SW1V 9A

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