Chairs Update Meeting 18th November 2019


The Full Governing Body met on Monday 18th November 2019 for their second meeting of the academic year.

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; the Chair's Briefing for the Standards Committee, which considers pupil attainment and progress and the Pay Committee, which reviews the application of the Pay and Performance Management policies and also sets pay scales for senior staff.

The Governing Body officially ratified its Instrument of Government, which details the number of Governors in each category: the Governing Body agreed that it would reduce the number of Co-opted Governors to seven (from ten), whilst all other categories would remain unchanged. This reduction ensures that the Governing Body is an effective size to carry out its' duties efficiently.

Governors carefully scrutinised the recently updated School Improvement Plan, which focuses school development over the academic year: this document had been amended and updated after consultation with staff, the school community and Governors. 

Governors heard that the Chair of the Standards Committee, Emma Cornwall (Parent Governor), had met with Deputy Head, Dave Cooper, to discuss trends on assessment and the impact of the blocked curriculum. This briefing had taken place early in the academic year, and the full Committee was due to meet in January to consider a more detailed analysis of the school's Contextual report, which compares Telferscot's statutory assessment test results locally and nationally. 

The Resources Committee assured Governors that the budget was in line with predictions, and the school's finances compared well with other local primary schools in the recent bench marking exercise.

The Inclusion Committee reported that a new Chair had been elected, Tia O'Flaherty (Parent Governor), and the Committee was due to meet to discuss the impact of the statutory changes to the Relationship and Sex Education curriculum, which will be nationally introduced in September 2020.

The Pay Committee had met late in July, and assured Governors that they had carefully scrutinised salary increments and considered performance management targets.

Governors also heard verbal reports from recent Governor visits to school: Stacey Mack (Parent Governor) had met with Lucy Priest to discuss the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Bella Knights (Co-opted Governor) had also met with Jenny Martin and Bex Diplock for an update on the Arts Curriculum. Both Governors would submit written reports for the next Full Governing Body meeting.

Plans were made to draft the Governing Body's strategic plan using the School Improvement Plan as a foundation upon which to base longer term strategic goals. 

I look forward to updating you after the next Full Governing Body meeting on 16th March 2020. In the meantime I wish you an enjoyable lead up to the Christmas break.

Amy Burns-Thomson