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Chairs Update Meeting Monday 6th July 2020

Governors held their final meeting of the academic year on Monday 6th July 2020. Governor attendance at the meeting can be viewed here.


The Governing Body received reports from the Headteacher, the Inclusion Committee, which considers Safeguarding and Special Educational Needs and the Resources Committee, which considers financial, staff and premises issues.


As part of her Headteacher's report, Jenny Martin informed Governors that Telferscot children are engaging well with home learning and outlined to Governors the current plans for the reopening in September. The school has conducted a thorough risk assessment in preparation for fully reopening to all children in the Autumn - this will be kept under constant review over the summer break for any changes in the local and national picture and will be amended accordingly.


Governors were keen to hear of the Senior Leadership Team's plans to ensure any gaps in children's attainment are addressed after the closure period: a streamlined curriculum designed to maximise time with class teachers is intended to facilitate this process. Ms Martin also explained that Telferscot is keen to ensure a stronger emphasis on equality, diversity and wellbeing in the curriculum going forwards.


Governors heard that the Resources Committee had met to analyse the budget in more depth to ensure that the school is in good financial standing for the new academic year. 


The Chair of the Inclusion Committee reported that in their meeting Governors had considered safeguarding issues and discussed arrangements for updating the parent community on the teaching of the new Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) curriculum in the new academic year.


In the meeting, Governors also considered actions relating to the membership of the Governing Body: arrangements for the annual elections of the Chair and Vice Chair were confirmed and virtual Parent Governor elections will be held in the Autumn term to replace Emma Cornwall and Tia O'Flaherty - whose terms will both end on 20th October 2020. Governors agreed that the Parent Governor elections should be run virtually in order to continue to keep adult footfall on site to a minimum when the school reopens. Further details on the elections will be communicated in September. 


I also confirmed to Governors that the Headteacher recruitment process is currently underway, and interviews are scheduled for the end of September - I will update the school community as soon as I have more information to share.


I would like to take this opportunity to commend everyone in our Telferscot community for their positivity and resilience during these challenging times. The staff and the Governing Body look forward to welcoming the children back to Telferscot in September. In the meantime, I wish everyone a safe and restful summer break.


Amy Burns-Thomson
Chair, Telferscot Governing Body