Annual General Meetings Minutes 2017

National Middle Schools’ Forum

Annual General Meeting

Monday 16th October 2017

Stratford on Avon




Apologies were received from Laura Rawlings (Herts), Maxine Warner (C Beds)


1.      Chair's introductory remarks 

Mark Walker looked back over a busy year for the Forum in which significant work had been done in support of schools. The Forum had worked closely with the DfE and RSCs in support of schools in receipt of coasting schools letters.

2.      Treasurer's Report

In the absence of Laura Rawlings, Mark Walker presented accounts covering the period from the 1st September 2016 to 31st August 2017.

  • Income during this period  -        £34,831.00
  • Expenditure during this period – £28091.12

In total the current balance in the two accounts Total £27,128.88        


Balance as at  31/08/2016 

HSBC Community                   £24,703.54

HSBC Business Account        £2425.34 (includes £0.94 in interest)

The members thanks Lesley Judge for her work throughout the year in carefully managing the Forum’s funds and administering conference bookings.

3.       Executive Officer's report

The partnership with GL Assessment

The Headteacher survey revealed useful feedback and a small number of concerns that were discussed with David Hilton of GL Assessment at our June Steering Committee meeting.

Coasting schools and relationship with RSCs

There was a general welcome for the work of the Forum in coordinating responses to RSC letters and for the work with the DfE following the initial receipt in schools if letters that were not tailored to the middle school context. Nigel Wyatt and David Brandon Bravo were invited to give a presentation at Sanctuary Buildings to RSC and DfE staff on the middle school context which challenged some the staff thinking about middle schools and accountability measures. It was agreed to continue to monitor the workings of the coasting schools initiative following Sir David Carter’s assurances at our day conference that lessons had been learned and that the process would this time conform to statutory guidance.

Nigel Wyatt had a constructive meeting with Caroline Quinn, RSC for the West Midlands in June.

Ofsted Inspection outcomes and EBacc results

Nigel Wyatt showed some interesting figures showing that Upper and High schools in three tier areas had achieved higher results than all schools in the proportion achieving 5 good GCSEs and EBAcc.

Monitoring of the latest Ofsted inspection outcome for all middle schools in September 2017 showed that the proportion that were judged to be good or better remained at about 85%.

4.    Suggestions for the NMSF Development Priorities 2017

Delegates suggested areas for development in the work of the Forum in the coming year that will be considered at our next Steering Committee meeting

  • ·        Support for schools in the second round of coasting schools.
  • ·        Work with the DfE on the future of assessment and accountability for middle schools.
  • ·        To explore whether there are any specifically middle school issues that we should be investigating in the new fair funding formula.
  • ·        Repositioning the Forum to serve all with an interest in the middle years of education.
  • ·        Promote middle school career opportunities and explore ways of supporting the recruitment and training of teachers.
  • ·        Develop a clear ‘middle years’ focus on mental health and well being.


5.      Steering Committee Membership 2014/15

It was proposed and all agreed that for the coming year the following would continue in their existing roles.

·               Mark Walker  (Somerset)) – Chair

·              The Chair will be supported by Zoe Linington (C Beds)

·              Maxine Warner (C Beds) – 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’ with them.

6. Conference 2018

It was agreed that Steering Committee would explore the planning for a day conference in the spring term and our annual conference next October.

7. AOB

The were no items for consideration


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Dates for Steering Committee Meetings for the coming year


·       Wednesday November 1st, 2017

·       Wednesday March 7th 2018 

·       Wednesday June 6th, 2018


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


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