National Middle Schools’ Forum
Annual General Meeting
Monday 21st October 2013
Statford on Avon
1. Chair's introductory remarks
Phil Hill introduced the meeting by reminding
members of the work the Forum has undertaken over the last 12 months and the
successful planning for this year’s conference. He thanked the Executive
Officer, Nigel Wyatt, for his work on behalf of the Forum over the last 12
2. Treasurer's Report
Zoe Linnington, NMSF Treasurer presented accounts
covering the period 1st September 2012 to 31st August 2013.
- Income during this period - £33,162.00
- Expenditure during this period – £24,327.53
In total the current balance in the two accounts Total £18,684.67
Balance as at 31/08/2012
HSBC Community £16264.78
HSBC Business Account £2419.89
The healthy state of the NMSF funds is due in large
part to the profit from Conference 2012 when there were no costs for speakers.
This has in part subsidised the cost of speakers for 2013.
3. Executive Officer's report
of Middle Schools 2013 – The Executive Officer has produced a new
directory of middle schools for 2013 which shows that there are currently 173 middle
schools, of which 13 were middle deemed primary. The Directory can be
downloaded from the NMSF website.
for Suffolk Middle Schools
Nigel Wyatt has spoken at two public meetings in
Suffolk and support the parent group campaigning against the closure of
Suffolk’s remaining middle schools
for schools in the Shelley Pyramid, Kirklees.
Shelley College, a 13 to 18 High School, proposed
to change its age range. This plan was withdrawn in the light of local
opposition. The intervention of the local MP was decisive.
Proposals, from a DfE academy broker, that Frome
College would have to change its age range as part of a forced academy change
have been dropped in the face of the combined opposition of the schools in the
The relationship with Ofsted that has been
established through Gill Jones has been beneficial on both sides, and many
schools report that inspectors are now much better informed about the
importance of using school data to inform judgements about achievement and
progress over the full four years of the schools’ programme.
Gill Jones and Mark Lindfield contributed to a very
successful Day conference in the Spring Term in Bromsgrove and London.
The new subsidiary guidance published in September
2013 contains very helpful and specific guidance on the inspection of middle
The decisions resulting from the recent
consultation on issues such as the lump sum and sparsity factor went as far as
we might have hoped in offering changes to support the funding of middle
schools, following meetings with the DfE. It now remains to be seen whether these
opportunities are taken by LAs and Schools Forum in each area.
The final, corrected version of the data has been
sent to contributing schools and the summary version will be available for
download from the website very shortly..
6. Suggestions for the NMSF Development Plan 2014
Member’s views were sought on the future of the
annual conference and the work of the Forum over the coming year.
middle schools dialogue with Ofsted
- Embedding the
new curriculum in middle schools
- Developing a
system for benchmarking intake data and consideration of a national test for Year 5 on entry
created to give a national benchmark
- Sharing best
practice in use of pupil premium
wider relationships – private schools, UTCs...
forward to a world without levels
effectively with governors
These suggestions will be considered at the
forthcoming steering committee meeting on London on November 6th.
Committee Membership 2013/14
Phil Hill was thanked for his hard work on behalf of
the Forum over the two years of his term office which comes to an end with this
It was proposed and all agreed that the following
be elected officers for the Forum from this meeting onwards
Zoe Linington (Herts) – Chair
Mark Walker (Somerset) – Vice Chair
Laura Rawlings (Herts)– Treasurer
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’.
The were no items for consideration
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Dates for Steering
Committee Meetings for the coming year
November 6th, 2013
March 5th, 2014
June 11th, 2014
At 10.30 - St Saviours Church,
St George's Square, Pimlico, SW1V 9AL