National Middle Schools’ Forum Newsletter

December 2010

1) Date for your diary


National Conference 2011


Monday 17th October to Tuesday 18th October, 2011


Stratford Manor Hotel

Stratford upon Avon


Following our recent consultation of members’ views there was overwhelming support for a national conference next year. While many would have liked to return to the National College in Nottingham, this will not be possible as the College has no available dates that would suit us.

The Steering Committee have therefore considered a number of reasonably priced venues, that are centrally located, with easy access from the motorway network and by train, and chosen the Stratford Manor Hotel, Stratford upon Avon for our conference in 2011.

Link to hotel website:

Further details will follow in the New Year.

The 2010 conference in Nottingham was very well received – two of the comments from delegates:

Excellent conference – great thought provoking speakers and informative workshops.


Thought 2009 conference was outstanding – but has superseded that for me – Brilliant.

2) Middle School Survey 2010


Materials and presentations from the 2010 Conference are available on the NMSF website – please see the ‘Conference Reports’ page.

2) Middle School Survey 2010

At the 2010 Conference it was agreed that it would be very helpful to collect and circulate benchmarking data for levels of achievement in all subjects for pupils in their final year in middle school – either Year 7 or Year 8. This would take the form of the percentage of pupils achieving each level in each subject.

I will circulate all schools shortly to collect this information using a short, easy to complete survey.

Nigel Wyatt

Executive Officer