National Middle Schools’ Forum Newsletter

September 2008

 Have you booked your place at conference yet?

There are still a few places left. Further information and booking form available from the NMSF website – click this link:

Those who have booked should receive preconference details in the next fortnight.


20th – 21st October, 2008

The National College for School Leadership, Nottingham

Our theme this year builds on increasing interest nationally in the importance of the middle years:


Meeting the needs of Adolescents

The importance of the middle years

Key Speakers

Elizabeth Schroeder, speaker on sexuality education, youth development, curriculum, and counselling - from USA Mick Waters, Director of Curriculum, QCA

To include launch of co-development report – Middle Schools Matter in Practice

Sian Carr, Operational Director, Stakeholders & Networks, National College for School Leadership – The Strategic Leadership of Change

Planned workshops

Elizabeth Schroeder – workshop sessions Stewart Goacher  -  Deputy Head of Shepshed High School, Leicestershire (10 to 14) and leading for the Making Good Progress pilot at KS3 in the authority Elaine Hamber – Teacher from NZ – the New Zealand school system West Moors Middle school – Dorset – project using pupils to observe lessons Jenny Symonds – Transition From Childhood to Early Adolescence in Middle School and Secondary School: What We Can Learn from School Transfer at Age 11

2) Regional Meetings - specifically for Middle Schools – Book your place.


NCSL have planned four regional meetings, specifically for middle school senior staff and leaders, to be held in four middle schools in November on the new secondary curriculum and its implementation in middle schools.

Book your place on the NCSL website by clicking the link below:


Scroll to the bottom of the list to see the middle school meetings.


This is the first time I can recall national organisation running regional events specifically for middle schools – and is to be hugely welcomed. I hope you will support these meetings.



Event 1- Tuesday 11th November

Parkside Middle School


Event 2 – Thursday 13th November

Meadowdale Middle School


Event 3 – Tuesday 18th November

St Osmund’s Church of England Voluntary Aided Middle School


Event 4 – Thursday 20th November

Lincroft Middle School


3) You might like to see this article about Mick Waters, who will be speaking at our conference.


An article from today’s Education Guardian – click link:


Nigel Wyatt

Executive Officer

Tel: 01722 710511