National Middle Schools’ Forum Newsletter

February 2009

Newsletter – February 2009

National Middle Schools Forum

Middle Schools Fit for the 21st Century

Now is a good time to reflect on the relevance of the middle school system to the future educational needs of our children.

This report was originally written to support middle schools facing reorganisation in Bedford and Dorset. It has now been extended with the help of Jenny Symonds (Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge) and will perhaps stimulate some discussion and debate about the future direction for middle schools in a rapidly changing educational landscape.

Visit the Reports page of the Forum website to download the report:

I would welcome comments and suggestions on the report and how the arguments presented in it might be developed.

2)  Special One Day Conference


The Future for Assessment in Middle Schools


Broadway House, London

(Opposite St James’s Park tube station)


Tuesday 24th February, 2009 - 10.00 to 3.30


An important occasion for us to consider the future for assessment and tracking pupil progress in the light of recent changes at KS3. For details and booking form see the Forum website home page – click this link:

Please book your place by Friday 13th February.

3) Date for your dairy – National Conference 2009


Venue: National College for School Leadership, Nottingham


Date:  Monday October 19th and Tuesday October 20th 2009


A small sub-committee has agreed to meet shortly to plan the programme – suggestions please to Nigel Wyatt.

Nigel Wyatt

Executive Officer