National Middle Schools’ Forum Newsletter

March 2007

1) Suffolk parents vow to continue the fight

After a meeting lasting five hours, Suffolk County Council decided to accept the Cabinet’s decision to reorganise the middle school system in the county. This is a very disappointing outcome after recent decisions by other areas to retain their middle school systems.

Steve Cowper, spokesman for the action group Parents Against Change, which coordinated much of the opposition to the scheme said, "We intend to continue fighting this, and will demand a Judicial Review."  Such a review has the power to overturn the Council's decision.

Councillors voted by 42 to 28 to endorse a cabinet recommendation to move forward with a reform that could see the closure of 40 Suffolk Middle Schools, many of them among the most academically successful schools in the county. There were 3 abstentions and 2 councillors were absent.

The changes to the county's education system are expected to take about six years to fully implement, after the process begins.

Click this link to go to the website of the Suffolk parents group:

2)  Submission to the Primary Review

Please see the reports page of the NMSf website to download a copy of the NMSF submission to the Primary Review - which discusses the need to match the structure of the education system to our understanding of the developmental needs of children.

5) National Conference 2007 – Book Your Place Now

National College for School Leadership, Nottingham


October 15th to 17th 2007


Building on our strengths


Leadership in the middle Years


Confirmed key speakers include:


Steve Munby - Chief Executive - National College for School Leadership 

Toby Salt - Strategic Director NCSL, School Leadership Development

Mick Waters – Director of Curriculum QCA


For further details, and to download a booking form, please click this link:

Nigel Wyatt

Executive Officer

Tel: 01722 710511