Chairs Update 19th November 2018

The Full Governing Body met on Monday 19 November 2018 for their second meeting of the academic year.

At the FGB meeting, Governors were informed of the expiry of several Governors’ terms in the early part of 2019 and in light of this, it was acknowledged that the Governing Body should consider the impact of this and the next steps in terms of recruitment as necessary. I will report to you following the next meeting as to the progress of this. In order to fill the Local Authority Governor vacancy, following the expiry of Matthew Green’s term, Alex Cole transferred his category from Co-opted Governor to Local Authority Governor, as had been discussed previously.

At the meeting, the Governing Body discussed reports from the Headteacher; the Resources Committee, which considers financial, staff and premises issues; the Inclusion Committee, which considers Safeguarding and Special Educational Needs and the Standards Committee, which considers pupil attainment and progress. 

Governors heard from Assistant Head, Bex Diplock, that the children in Year’s 1-6 had taken part in a survey to gauge the success of the procedure for wearing PE uniform on the day of the children’s PE lesson: 83% of children were positive about the new procedure, with 85% confirming that they were able to focus and learn when wearing their PE uniform for the entire school day. Governors considered the new procedure a success following this feedback.

Jenny Martin informed Governors that attendance levels were the highest that Telferscot had achieved to date. Governors and the SLT discussed how additional communication on the positive impact of high levels of attendance and good punctuality on a child’s wellbeing would be beneficial for families to fully understand the importance of these issues. Governors were appraised that that the introduction of a broader and enriched curriculum would also enable a greater level of professional development for all staff, with a vision of a ‘learning school’ - as teachers would become learners alongside the children.

Governors were also informed that the school is reviewing policies and procedures to further support online safety for children, with particular reference to the impact of social media, alongside plans to hold additional information sessions for families.

Governors were pleased to note the strong predictions for Telferscot children in the SATs, which will be held in the Summer term, and that overall attainment and progress is good across the school.

Governors also agreed a timetable of reporting for their Areas of Special Responsibilities: Governors provide written reports for the Full Governing Body following their visits to school and involvement with working parties to review the following areas; Humanities; Technology; Creative, including literacy and partnerships; Health, Wellbeing and Fitness; Early Years Foundation Stage; Parent Liaison and Health & Safety and Premises. These reporting areas allow the Governing Body to have a deeper understanding of how the school operates and also ensures oversight for key areas in order to drive school improvement.

I look forward to updating you after the next FGB meeting on 11 March 2019. In the meantime I wish you an enjoyable lead up to the Christmas break.

 Celia Barret