National Middle Schools’ Forum Newsletter

June 2010


1) Book your place at conference now….

Full details and booking form from the ‘next conference’ page of the NMSF website – click this link:

Celebrating 40 Years of Middle School Education

Looking forward to the next 10 years


Monday October 18th to Tuesday October 19th, 2010

National College for Leadership of Schools and Children’s Services, Nottingham

This year is rather a special year as we celebrate 40 years since the opening of the first Local Authority wide middle school systems in this country in 1970. This is an important moment to revisit the key principles which led to the founding of middle schools and their rapid expansion in the 1970’s, their contribution to the education system in this country and look forward to their continued evolution in a new century.

Conference themes:

a) Futures thinking – looking ahead at what we can tell about developments to come and how middle schools might position themselves to be able to respond

b) Reconnecting and strengthening aspects of our values and vision that are fundamental to middle schools

c) Celebrating 40 years of middle school education in this country – reconnecting with the founding vision of the middle school movement.

Key speakers:

Marcus Orlovsky, founder member and director of Bryanston Square

Tim Rylands, ICT to Inspire

Maggie Farrar, Strategic Director for Policy Research and Development, NCSL

Plus a full programme of workshops - and opportunities for networking with middle school colleagues.

Cost: £350  - (the same as last year)

Conference Organisation:

The majority of the conference will be focused on the first of the conference themes as we look to the future, with a mixture of keynote sessions and workshops.

Celebrating 40 years of Middle Schools - On the afternoon and evening of Monday 18th October we will be inviting ex-headteachers and leading figures from the middle school movement to join us – Further details to follow shortly.

The conference will open at 10.00 on Monday 18th October and close at 3.30 on Tuesday 19th October.

Further details from the NMSF website ( and the conference administrator:

Lesley Judge, c/o Greneway Middle School Garden Walk, Royston, Hertfordshire. SG8 7JF

Tel: 01763 243650      Fax: 01763 241499


2) NEW - Middle School Survey 2010

The last comprehensive survey of middle schools was completed in 1983 - please help us create a picture of middle schools today by completing Middle School Survey 2010 - just click this link

The areas for survey questions have been suggested by the headteachers on the Steering Committee.

The survey is web based and should be relatively straightforward to complete. We have tried to avoid questions that would require you to search for information – so, for example, we have avoided questions about the budget for this reason

The results will be launched at out Conference in October

Nigel Wyatt

Executive Officer