Annual General Meetings Minutes 2014

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 outcome.

  • 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 August 2014.


  • 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 present.


3.       Executive Officer's report


Directory 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.


Support for schools – the Executive Officer has supported schools facing threats of reorganisation or closure in Northamptonshire, Somerset, Dorset, Suffolk and Worcestershire


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.


Assessment - 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 system.




4.    Suggestions for the NMSF Development Plan 2015


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 assessment
  • Continuing to strengthen links with Oftsed
  • Develop a model for financial benchmarking
  • 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’.


6. Conference 2015


It was agreed to hold our 2015 conference at The Stratford Hotel.



7. AOB


The were no items for consideration



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Dates for Steering Committee Meetings for the coming year


  • Wednesday November 5th, 2014

  • Wednesday March 4th, 2015

  • Wednesday June 10th, 2015


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



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