National Middle Schools’ Forum
Annual General Meeting
Monday 20th October 2014
Statford on Avon
1. Chair's introductory remarks
Zoe Linington reflected on the successful work of
the Forum over the last 12 months:
Two successful day conferences in the Spring
Term focusing on curriculum design.
Progress with Ofsted with the subsidiary
guidance forming the basis of a successful complaint against an inspection
The capacity of the Forum to link schools
facing difficulties with schools with experience to shared that will assist
them through the Executive Officer
The publication of the Middle School Matters
booklet – available to all middle schools as a .pdf for parents to download
from a school website and as a printer proof.
2. Treasurer's Report
Laura Rawlings, NMSF Treasurer, presented accounts
covering the period from the 1st September 2013 to 31st
- Income during this period - £33,545.00
- Expenditure during this period – £28,284.85
In total the current balance in the two accounts Total £23,946.25
Balance as at 31/08/2014
HSBC Community £21524.93
HSBC Business Account £2421.32
The healthy state of the NMSF funds has resulted
from the successful day conferences which made a small profit through a high
level of support from members and the continuing legacy of the profit from the
2012 national conference. There is no need to consider raising subscriptions at
3. Executive Officer's report
of Middle Schools 2014 – The Executive Officer has produced a new
directory of middle schools for 2014 which shows that there are currently 167 middle
schools following the closure of the middle deemed primary schools in Poole.
The Directory can be downloaded from the NMSF website.
for schools – the Executive Officer has supported schools facing threats of
reorganisation or closure in Northamptonshire, Somerset, Dorset, Suffolk and
Benchmarking – The KS3 benchmarking
data for 2014 has been released to schools and has enabled an analysis of the
trends in the Year 8 data over the last 4 years – which shows an improving
trend in the results in English, Maths and Science over this period.
Data capture forms for intake benchmarking are
about to be sent out to schools for completion by the end of December.
It was agreed to explore the model of financial
benchmarking piloted in Bedfordshire, with a view to developing the data
gathered and then collecting data for comparison at a national level.
- A discussion of the steps schools are taking to prepare for changes in
the assessment in SATs and the New Curriculum suggested that some schools are
considering the use of tests from providers such GL Assessment, Durham
University and NFER at Year 5 and Year 8. Northumberland CC has also introduced
testing in Year 4 and Year 8 this year in response to their Ofsted report. They
are also at the early stages of considering systems for showing progress within
their schools through a points system, or that provided by the Learning Ladders
Suggestions for the NMSF Development
Member’s views were sought on the future of the
annual conference and the work of the Forum over the coming year.
- Developing a middle school approach to
- Continuing to strengthen links with
- Develop a model for financial
- The new curriculum and middle schools
These suggestions will be considered at the
forthcoming steering committee meeting on London on November 6th.
5. Steering Committee Membership 2014/15
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’.
It was agreed to hold our 2015 conference at The
The were no items for consideration
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for Steering Committee Meetings for the coming year
Wednesday November 5th, 2014
Wednesday March 4th, 2015
Wednesday June 10th, 2015
10.30 - St Saviours Church, St
George's Square, Pimlico, SW1V 9A