Annual General Meetings Minutes 2011

National Middle Schools’ Forum


Annual General Meeting


Tuesday October 17th 2011

Statford on Avon





1.      Chair's introductory remarks 


Barbara Reseigh, gave her apologies. Su Kennedy kindly agreed to chair the meeting.


2.      Treasurer's Report


The celebration of the 40th anniversary for middle schools at last year’s conference was partly funded from NMSF funds – which show as a deficit in the account. The Day Conferences broke even – and the cost to members was simply based on covering the expenses for the days.


Sue Kennedy, NMSF Treasurer presented accounts covering the period 20th October 2010 to 14th October 2011


Income during this period - £16,400.95

Expenditure during this period – £17,449.77


In total the current balance in the two accounts Total £11,725.51   



Balance as at  20/10/11

HSBC Community                  £5,310.66                             

Balance as at 20/07/11

HSBC Business Account             £6,414.85  


The signatories for the NMSF bank account have had to be changed and this has meant a period in which no cheques have been issued while this was sorted out. The Executive Officer has not presented an invoice since April as a consequence. Sue Kennedy suggested that taking this into account the true state of the reserves would be around £7000.


Sue Kennedy was thanked for his hard work as treasurer.


John KIme proposed and everyone agreed that the accounts be adopted.


3.       Executive Officer's report


Directory of Middle Schools 2011 – The Executive Officer has produced a new directory of middle schools for 2011which shows that there are currently 215 middle schools, of which 27 are middle deemed primary schools. The Directory can be downloaded from the NMSF website.


KS3 Benchmarking Data – Members welcomed the creation of KS3 benchmarking report. Over 50 schools have contributed data from over 5,000 pupils. There will be an opportunity for further schools to contribute data before a fourth and final version is published. Summary data and a spreadsheet are available through the NMSF website for all schools to download. Schools contributing data will receive a full spreadsheet for school level data directly by email.


Issues to consider in developing the information might be to include the last available national Year 9 KS3 data  (the middle school Yr 8 data appears to compare favourably with this); to encourage more middle deemed primary schools to contribute data; and to consider arrangements for moderation of Yr8 assessments.


Funding for middle schools – a study of the secondary funding tables revealed wide differences between per pupil funding for middle schools in different local authorities. This would benefit from further analysis to better understand individual funding formulas and their treatment of middle schools. There was concern about the position of middle schools in the current Fair Funding consultation and Nigel Wyatt will seek to represent middle schools at DfE level and disseminate details.


One notable feature of our successful Day Conferences in February and June was the involvement of first and upper school colleagues, as well the presence of school business managers and governors. As the Steering Committee consider plans for Day Conferences in the coming year this is an aspect they will seek to develop.


Members welcomed the focus on developing international links in previous years and this is an aspect of our work they would like to develop.



4.    Suggestions for the NMSF Development Plan 2011


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.


These suggestions will be considered at the forthcoming steering committee meeting on London on November 8th.


5.      Steering Committee Membership 2011/12


LA areas were encouraged to consider ensuring that they were represented at Steering Committee meetings in London, and for existing members to consider bringing a ‘friend’.


Barbara Reseigh was thanked for her work as Chair over the last two years, her leadership was appreciated. Phil Hill (Somerset) has kindly agreed to serve as Chair of the Forum for the next two years.


Sue Kennedy will be retiring in July 2012, and the Steering Committee will therefore need to consider the appointment of a new treasurer.



7. AOB


The were no items for consideration



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Dates for Steering Committee Meetings for the coming year


·         Tuesday November 8th, 2011

·         Tuesday March 6th, 2012

·         Tuesday June 12th, 2012


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

National Middle Schools’ Forum


National Conference 2011 – Conference Evaluation


Summary of 16 Evaluation Forms


Conference organisation

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Venue and facilities

10 (63%)

5 (31%)

1 (6%)



11 (69%)

3 (19%)

2 (12%)



9 (56%)

6 (37%)

1 (6%)



9 (56%)

7 (44%)



Value for money

7 (44%)

9 (56%)



Workshop sessions

5 (33%)

10 (66%)




Main speakers

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Graham Watts

3 (21%)

8 (58%)

3 (21%)


Malcolm Trobe

7 (50%)

6 (43%)

1 (7%)


Frank Norris

11 (69%)

5 (341%)



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