National Middle Schools’ Forum
Annual General Meeting
Monday 19th October 2015
Statford on Avon
1. Chair's introductory remarks
Zoe Linington reflected on the successful work of
the Forum over the last 12 months:
The successful day conference in the Spring
Term focusing on assessment provided and valuable opportunity to reconnect with
Ofsted through Sean Harford’s presentation.
The developing partnership with GL Assessment
has been taken up by a good proportion of middle schools.
The Forum has supported schools facing change
of age range proposals and has pressed the DfE and RSCs for change in the
Schools Organisation guidance.
2. Treasurer's Report
Laura Rawlings, NMSF Treasurer, presented accounts
covering the period from the 1st September 2014 to 31st
- Income during this period - £28,718.00
- Expenditure during this period – £28,916.49
In total the current balance in the two accounts Total £23,749.19
Balance as at 31/08/2015
HSBC Community £21,326.44
HSBC Business Account £2,422.75
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 2015 which shows that there are currently 144 middle
schools of which just 5 are middle deemed primary following the closure of the middle
deemed primary schools in West Sussex. The Directory can be downloaded from the
for schools – the Executive Officer has supported schools facing threats of
reorganisation or closure in Dorset, Cambridgeshire, Northumberland and
Worcestershire. Nigel Wyatt has written to Schools Minister Nick Gibb and Frank
Green Schools Commissioner over concerns about the way in which proposals for a
change of age range from first schools have been handled.
Benchmarking – The partnership with GL
Assessment will provide a secure basis for benchmarking and was welcomed by
the request of a number of schools there will be one final collection of Year 8
data for benchmarking in the next month for those schools wishing to take part.
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.
- Discuss with DfE the treatment of
middle schools identified as ‘coasting’.
- Seek to change the guidance on School
- Develop the relationship with Oftsed
- Develop middle school benchmarking in
partnership with GL Assessment.
These suggestions will be considered at the
forthcoming steering committee meeting on London on November 6th.
5. Steering Committee Membership 2014/15
Zoe Linington (Herts) has served the Forum as its
Chair for the last two years. Members thanked her for her hard work and
It was proposed and all agreed that the following
be elected officers for the Forum from this meeting onwards
Mark Walker (Somerset)) – Chair
TBC – 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 2016 conference at The
The were no items for consideration
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for Steering Committee Meetings for the coming year
- Wednesday November 4th
- Wednesday March 2nd
- Wednesday June 8th
At 10.30 - St Saviours Church, St
George's Square, Pimlico, SW1V 9A