Annual General Meetings Minutes 2003

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 3rd October 2003

Introduction - Chairman

Ian Pinder, the Executive Officer, was unavoidably absent due to an illness from which he was now recovering. The valuable work that he has undertaken for the Forum, since the creation of the position, was much appreciated by both the Chairman, Gary Booth, and the members of the Forum

Action: Nigel Wyatt to write to Ian on behalf of the Forum

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Treasurer's Report

Audited accounts covering the period ended 20th September 2003 were accepted by the meeting. Membership has increased by 50% to the current 180 members.

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Executive Officer's Report

In order to increase the usefulness of the website members were requested to check that their email address is correct, and to register a link to their own school's website by contacting the webmistress, Barbara McLeod.

John Dear, Sandham Middle School, Isle of Wight, will act as the middle school representative on the NAHT executive committee and Arthur de Caux is to attend the next steering committee meeting.

David Bell, HMCI, has agreed to attend a steering committee meeting to discuss data that Ofsted may be able to make available to the Forum on middle school performance.

The 2005 conference will be jointly hosted by Somerset and Windsor - probably near Windsor.

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Development Plan

The following areas were proposed as possible areas for next development plan:

  • Sharing information on association websites - the Somerset Association will explore making their information available through the Forum website.
  • Sharing information on workload restructuring and its effects on management structure, management points and non-contact time.
  • Develop links with teacher training institutions running middle years ( KS2/KS3) courses to promote careers in middle schools (see list below).
  • Recruitment - production of publicity and leaflet promoting careers in middle schools for distribution to colleges. Consider advertising in First Appointments supplement of TES.
  • Flag up on website middle schools with experience of involvement as training schools or with the Graduate Teacher programme.
  • Consider a day conference at a central location to explore further the experiences of the project middle schools in implementing the 2 Year KS3, and perhaps workload restructuring. 

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Steering Committee

Each area is encouraged to send a representative to the steering committee which meets once a term in London. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 26th November, at the London Diocesan House, 36 Causton Street, London SW1P 4AU.

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Conference 2004

The new chairman of the , John Kime of St Edwards CE Middle School, Leek, Staffordshire introduced the theme of the 2004 conference - "Back to the Future", which will explore how we may steer a smooth passage through the uncertain waters ahead.

The conference will be held at Shrigley Hall, Cheshire.
6th - 8th October 2004.

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Institutions offering middle years ( KS2 / KS3) ITT courses


  • Bath University
  • Bath Spa
  • De Montfort University, Bedford
  • Newman College, Birmingham
  • Bradford College
  • Homerton, Cambridge
  • Christ Church University College, Canterbury
  • Exeter University
  • University of Huddersfield
  • Metropolitan University, Manchester
  • Newcastle University
  • University of Sunderland
  • University of Sussex
  • SCITT - Marches consortium and University of Gloucestershire


  • Brighton University
  • Christ Church University College, Canterbury
  • Homerton, Cambridge
  • Edgehill, Lancashire
  • Huddersfield University
  • Leeds Metropolitan University
  • Liverpool, John Moores
  • St Martins College Lancaster
  • Sunderland University
  • University College, Worcester


(Source : TTA and GTTR websites)

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