National Middle Schools’ Forum Newsletter

January 2006

National Middle Schools’ Forum


Newsletter – January 2006

Happy New Year

One of the areas the members at the 2005 Conference wanted the Forum to develop was the sharing of interesting practice among our schools. This newsletter contains news of two developments in this area:

The Steering Committee have agreed an innovative scheme to commission Good Practice Papers for the website in return for a fee of £100. This is open to all middle school staff. Heads may put forward proposals for papers; equally this may be a good development opportunity for one of your staff. The website will shortly include a closed discussion forum open to middle school heads, staff and governors. Details to follow shortly.

1) The Forum invites proposals for articles about interesting practice in your school

The Forum wishes to commission a series of Good Practice Papers over the coming year. These will be published on the new NMSF website, forming the core of new area of the website designed to facilitate the sharing of interesting practice in our schools.

As a first stage the committee invites proposals from middle teachers and heads. These should be of no more than 300 words. The proposal should give details of your work and give an outline of the proposed paper. There is no deadline for the receipt of proposals, but early expressions of interest would be welcomed.

If your proposal is accepted then you will be approached to write a paper of up to 3000 words (accompanied by suitable photographs if appropriate)


The Forum will pay a fee of £100 to the author for the completed paper.

Papers may detail interesting developments within your school or a particular curriculum area – or equally be about the development of successful links between your schools.

Please send proposals of no more that 300 words by email to the Executive Officer, Nigel Wyatt:

2) A date for your diaries – Conference 2006 – 9th  to 11th  October


The 2005 Conference was excellent, drawing many very positive comments from delegates.

With the support of Bedfordshire colleagues and LEA, plans are advancing for the 2006 conference to be held at a first class conference venue - The Robinson Centre, Wyboston, Bedfordshire. To see details of the venue click the link below:

Please put the date in your diaries – full details to follow.

3) The new Forum website

The new website for the Forum was launched at our conference on October, if you have not visited it please click this link:

Please consider adding a link to the Forum website on your own school website. Search engines such as Google rank sites by the number of links to the website from other sites. The more links the better used the site will become.

A closed discussion forum for middle school staff to share ideas in areas of common interest was requested by Forum members at the 2005 conference. This facility will be added to the site shortly and I will then be able to give you details of the arrangements for using it.

4) KS3 Review – Middle school consultation day at QCA

In consultation with the Steering Committee, QCA are planning to hold a consultation day for middle school heads and staff. It will probably be held in the first week in March. If your school is invited to send a representative then it should be an interesting and worthwhile day. QCA are particularly interested in our experience of continuity from KS2 to KS3.

5) Steering Committee

Our next meeting will be:

Tuesday 14th March 2006 at 11am - at London Diocesan House, 36, Causton Street, London SW1P 4AU

If you would like to attend then please email me so that I can send you the relevant papers.

Nigel Wyatt

Executive Officer

Tel: 01722 710511