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
3. Executive Officer's report
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.
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.
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%.
Suggestions for the NMSF Development
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
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
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.