National Middle Schools’ Forum Newsletter

October 2006

National Middle Schools’ Forum

Newsletter –October 2006

1) Middle Schools and the first year of the New Inspection Framework.

At their recent national conference the National Middle Schools’ Forum launched a report on the first year of Ofsted inspections for middle schools under the new inspection framework.

The striking feature of these results is that 86% of middle schools were judged to be either good or outstanding for the quality of their Personal development & well being. One in every five is judged outstanding.

This is an important feature of middle schools and represents the added-value of the middle school system. Parents have repeatedly shown that they recognise and value this aspect of our system in their responses to area review proposals.

The report shows that overall effectiveness of middle schools was judged to be broadly in line with that of all schools nationally.

All the presentations from the conference are now available on the Conference Reports page of the NMSF website:

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2)   Provisional dates for your diary

National Conference - 2007

Monday 15th to Tuesday 16th October, 2007

National College for School Leadership, Nottingham

We are planning to hold our next conference at the National College for School Leadership. The development of the next generation of middle school leaders was one of the challenges for middle schools outlined by Malcolm Newsam, Director of Children’s services, Bedfordshire County Council in his opening address to our conference. Our conference next year will provide an ideal opportunity to develop our work with the college – and to extend our aspiring leaders through involvement with the Forum.

3) An invitation to join NCSL’s Leadership Network in your region

The National College for School Leadership would like to invite you to register for membership of its Leadership Network. Membership is currently free of charge and is open to all school leaders able to join the Network on behalf of their schools. As a national network with nine regional networks across the country the Leadership Network represents school leaders from all phases as active members of NCSL, contributing to leadership learning and drawing policy issues from professional practice. This autumn the Network’s events programme will focus on ‘leading learning’ and is designed to enable network members to share in the latest thinking and practice of school leaders nationwide. Starting on 1 November and concluding on 7 December with two alternative dates and venues for you to choose from in your region. These events will provide you with an opportunity to connect with school leaders in your local area, contribute to identifying the agenda for future network activity in your region and take away lots of practical ideas to inform the leadership of learning in your school. For more information or to register online as a member of NCSL’s Leadership Network please visit or email

4) Sharing good practice in our schools

The website now has a page devoted to sharing good practice in our schools. You will be able to find schools with interesting practice in a range of schools, clicking on the school name will launch an email enquiry form.

For this to work I need to schools to come forward with areas of interesting practice they are willing to share with others.

Please send me a brief email giving

· School Name

· Lea

· Your name

· Area of interesting practice – and BRIEF description.

Thanks for your co-operation

Nigel Wyatt

Executive Officer

Tel: 01722 710511