National Middle Schools Forum
Annual General Meeting
Monday October 19th 2009
NCSL - Nottingham
1. Chair's introductory remarks
Terry Holland, Chair of NMSF, opened the meeting by thanking Nigel Wyatt for all his work for the Forum.
2. Treasurer's Report
The closing balance at 20th August 2009 was £13599.20. This is approximately £2000 less than the balance at the equivalent point in the previous year.
Income from subscriptions has fallen £2000 due to a reduced number of middle schools and the decision in some areas not to pay collectively. It was proposed and agreed by all that subs should be raised to £75 for the 2010.
Mark Knowles was thanked for his hard work as treasurer.
3. Executive Officer's report
The Executive Officer has supported heads and governors in Bedford Borough and in the Purbeck area of Dorset. The booklet entitled Middle Schools for the 21st Century was complied to support the schools in these areas.
Links have been extended to Ofsted, DCS and the NCSL Leadership Network who ran four regional conferences specifically for middle schools.
A day conference in London on 24th February, 2009 on APP had led to a project led by the National Strategies in four LA areas:
- Central Bedfordshire
The project was launched in July 2009.
4. Brief feedback from ELMLE conference 2008
Iain Clark and Barbara Reseigh represented the Forum at the ELMLE Conference in Paris in January 2009. They shared with members some of the stimulating and inspirational experiences they gained and how positive it was to be sharing with middle school practitioners from a range of countries where the future of middle schools was not in doubt.
5. Middle School Directory 2009
Nigel Wyatt introduced the new Directory of Middle Schools for 2009 available for download on the Conference Reports page of the NMSF website.
6. Federations and middle schools
Dave Baker, Head of Beccles Middle School, spoke about his recent appointment as Executive Head for Beccles Middle and a local First School a soft federation. He spoke about some of the problems inherent in a role which involves the management of two budgets, two governing bodies and two different SIPs.
While there has been money available to support federation of schools in the past this seems now to have come to an end.
7. Suggestions for the NMSF Development Plan 2010
The following suggestions were received from members:
- Develop paper discussing the alternative models for school leadership and governance federation/ trust status/ executive heads
- Explore the messages of the Cambridge Primary Review and their implications for middle schools
- Explore the place of good primary practice in current middle school philosophy
- Extend the work on international links to explore good practice in other countries
- The role for the Forum in advocacy for middle school effectiveness and philosophy
- Promote English effective practice through ELMLE writing a paper for their journal could lead to a free place at their conference.
- Promoting the profile of outstanding middle schools and sharing the messages from their practice.
- Promoting careers in middle schools.
These suggestions will be considered at the steering committee.
8. Steering Committee Membership 2008/2009
Barbara Reseigh was proposed for the position of chair of the Forum and all agreed.
LA areas were encouraged to consider ensuring that they were represented at Steering Committee meetings in London:
9. Conference 2010
A date for our 2008 conference was discussed and agreed
Venue: National College for School Leadership, Nottingham
18th to 19th October, 2010
Celebrating 40 years of middle school education the first completely middle schools systems opened in 1970 in Southampton and Stoke on Trent.
The arrangements for the conference to be considered by a small subcommittee of steering in the New Year.
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Steering Committee Meetings arranged for the coming year:
v Tuesday November 17th, 2009
v Tuesday March 9th, 2010
v Tuesday June 8th, 2010
At 10.30 - St Saviours Church, St George's Square, Pimlico, SW1V 9A