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Chairs Update Meeting Monday 14th November 2022

Governors met online on Monday 14th March for their second Full Governing Body meeting of the academic year. Governor attendance at the meeting can be viewed here.

In the meeting, Governors agreed the reappointment of both Hana Riazuddin (Co-opted Governor) and Alex Cole (Local Authority Governor) for a second term of four years, which will expire on 14th March 2026. Leadership plans were also discussed – I intend to step down as Chair in the summer meeting, and an election will be held. Several Governors have indicated their intention to stand as Chair and Vice Chair and I welcomed nominations from other interested Governors for the election on 4th July 2022. 

Governors heard a report from the Headteacher, which included an overview of progress on the School Development Priorities: closing the gap; the teaching and learning of writing; SEND and Diversity. It was noted that attendance was good across the school, at 95%. However, measures were in place to support those children (and also their families) who had lower attendance. David Cooper informed Governors that the majority of Year 6 families received one of their top choices for secondary school and the destinations will be published in the newsletter when they are finalised: some Year 6 children had secured private school places and he noted that Telferscot offers a broad and balance curriculum, which offers excellent preparation for whichever setting families choose. Governors heard that although there had been some fluctuation in pupil numbers, children had also joined Telferscot within the school year, and the school remains a very popular choice locally. Governors were pleased to note that the school was providing a comprehensive range of support to families who face challenging situations and that families can also access an extensive range of before and after school clubs.

Paperwork for each of the Committee meetings had been circulated in advance of the meeting. Governors had closely reviewed the paperwork for the Resources Committee’s most recent meeting, which discusses finances, premises and staffing issues, but did not have any questions for the Chair of the Resources Committee.

The Inclusion Committee which considers safeguarding, SEND and diversity, reported that it had been agreed that all Governors should complete safeguarding training as the Governing Body has overall responsibility for safeguarding in school. Information on parents’ option to withdraw from certain elements of the RHSE (Relationships, Health and Sex Education) curriculum were due to be shared with families soon – and Governors were to be updated by the PSHE lead, Nicole Philpotts, in the next Committee meeting.

The Standards and Curriculum Committee, which analyses pupil attainment and the school’s curriculum informed the Governing Body that the Committee were pleased that detailed information had been provided (and shared with the Governing Body) on the interventions which were in place to support children in school with gaps in their attainment, providing clear oversight. Governors were also pleased to hear that the recent Health and Safety audit had been very successful with very minor recommendations.

Governors considered the results of a recent skills audit and it was agreed that overall the Governing Body had good coverage in all of the areas, with some minor development areas: this was mainly due to the higher proportion of newer members – it was agreed that the Clerk would continue to circulate training opportunities to Governors. A Governor reported that they had recently attended an Ofsted Readiness training session provided by Lambeth, and Governors agreed that it would be helpful for the Governing Body to undertake some group work in the July meeting to assist them with preparing for an inspection in the future. David Cooper also shared brief details of upcoming Diversity training for staff, which Governors were also invited to join.

Reports from Governors’ Area of Special Responsibility were also shared. In order to assist with their oversight of the school and the progress of development priorities, each Governor has an Area of Special Responsibility. This involves meeting with the relevant member of staff and then producing an update for the Governing Body. In the meeting, Governors heard from Matteo Sciberras following his meeting on Data Protection and Sean Bowring on his Staff Wellbeing and Development meeting. A report was also submitted by Helen Hillyard and Leila Redpath on their Curriculum – Arts, including Creative Partnerships and Music meeting: as both had made their apologies for the meeting, Governors were asked to submit any questions to them on email.

I wish you an enjoyable end to the Spring term, with a restful Easter break and I look forward to updating you in the summer.

Amy Burns-Thomson
Chair, Telferscot Governing Body