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Marine Park First School
Park Road
Whitley Bay
United Kingdom, NE26 1LT

Tel: 0191 2008723

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Governing Body’s Annual Statement 2016-17

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The Issues faced and addressed by the Governing Body over the last year were:

* Holding the senior leadership team to account to deliver outstanding teaching, learning and assessment. Specifically:

* Embedding formative assessment as a tool to improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment.

* Developing the use of teacher learning communities (TLCs) as the professional development model to empower teachers to work together, share, discuss, evaluate and observe best practice.

* Scrutinising the evidence that the learning of groups of pupils, particularly those with a disability, those who have special educational needs, those for whom the pupil premium provides support, and the most able is consistently good or better.

* Monitoring the adaptation of successful approaches used to enable all pupil groups to achieve well in reading, writing and maths including the development of more targeted, additional support for those pupils who struggle. Specifically, raising further, the attainment and rates of progress, particularly in writing and phonics, especially for boys and other vulnerable pupils, through the roll out of Talk for Writing, training and carefully evaluated initiatives such as First Class @ Writing, Boosting Reading Potential (BRP), revised phonics provision and Philosophy for Children.

* Continuing to align assessment, tracking and intervention in light of ongoing flux in assessment and reporting arrangements. Specifically, Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) outcomes, 2014 National Curriculum and new arrangements/accountability at the end of Key Stage 1.

* Adapting school monitoring arrangement to accurately evaluate and secure further improvements.

The impact of the Governing Body on the school was:

* The school commissioned a one day assisted review which took place on May 10th 2017. Overall effectiveness was judged outstanding. The full report can be viewed here.

* The school has evaluated that the quality of teaching, assessment and learning has remained outstanding and this has been validated by the Assisted Review which stated, “Through embedded initiatives such as the Teacher Learning Communities, school leaders have created a culture of reflection and debate that leads to improvement. Pedagogical improvements such as quality questioning that develop pupils’ reasoning and deeper thinking are consistently evident in classrooms and through the detailed written feedback that pupils receive from their teachers. Teaching overall, is never less than good, is often outstanding, usually inspiring and based on teachers’ deep understanding of the subjects they teach and the way that individual pupils learn.

* TLC staff meetings and peer observations have successfully enabled teachers to work together, share, discuss, evaluate, observe and develop best practice.

* EYFS have developed the use of objective led planning and effective assessment to inform the development of highly engaging continuous provision.

* The Governing Body scrutinises detailed overviews of pupil attendance, performance and monitoring together with progress toward identified priorities.  This information is provided by the Headteacher and is supported by Government data and School Development Partner reports.  The Governing Body review data and question the Head Teacher accordingly.

* Governors undertake visits to review the provision and impact of this for Special Educational Needs, pupil premium and other vulnerable groups.

* Governors observe initiatives such as Talk for Writing, Numbers Count, Reading Recovery, Nurture, First Class @ Number/Writing and Boosting Reading Potential.

* School staff have completed first of two year involvement in North Tyneside Primary Writing Partnership: Talk for Writing.  This has included 3 project team training days and two full training days. Staff have been consulted at key points which has helped inform leaders to provide support and direction. The school has followed the Talk for Writing sequence of teaching since January 2017. The sequence based on the principle of imitating, innovating and inventing texts with guided and shared writing as well as regular short bursts of writing.

* A new cursive handwriting scheme was purchased and successfully implemented. Other initiatives such as First [email protected] Writing, writing and spelling opportunities (e.g. summer holiday diary) and competitions (spellathon, NT writing competition) have supplemented Talk for Writing.

* Attainment, particularly at higher steps/exceeding/greater depth is likely to much higher than national/target tracker comparators. There have been gains in progress between the end of Early Years and Key Stage 1 as well as Key Stage 1 to the end of Year 4, writing attainment/progress and the narrowing of gaps between groups. This is most notable in Y2 and Y4. After one year of the two year project, in other year groups, to date, attainment gains have been more modest/variable and some gaps have remained.

* Other than writing, progress has been made in:

 the use of targeted intentions to raise attainment and rates of progress (Reading Recovery, Numbers Count, 1st Class @ Number, Boosting reading Potential, 122 tuition),

 maths (developing a new calculation policy, pre and post assessment Concrete, Practical, Abstract)

* A detailed, week-by-week monitoring timetable was updated and followed; this included a range of evidence sources and links explicitly to the OFSTED evaluation schedule.

* The Governing Body scrutinises detailed summaries of monitoring activities. This shows that coverage by the SLT is extensive. Over the course of the 2016-17 academic year, 82% of all pupils were directly monitored (at least once) by the Headteacher/DHT/Phase Leader e.g. pupils discussions, the subject of a lesson observation, work scrutiny (420 monitoring activities). 90% of pupils in R-Y4 have been monitored. 95% of Y1-4. 11% of all pupils have been monitored more than once. The Governing Body review the information and question the Head Teacher accordingly.

* The Assisted Review stated, “The cycle of improvement is effective because monitoring is incisive and points for improvement are always revisited at the next opportunity. The leadership of teaching is exemplary and well documented performance and improvement cycles enable consistent teaching that is highly effective.”

*  Teaching and support staff appraisal incorporates the new requirements of “Keeping Children Safe in Education” (September 2016).

 

Publication of Governor’s Details and Register of Interests

In the interests of transparency, all schools and academies should publish, including on their website, up to date details of the structure of the governing body and any committees, together with the names of their governors and their particular roles and responsibilities within that structure.  They should also publish relevant business and pecuniary interests.  This information must be published in a readily accessible form which means that the information should be on a webpage without the need to download or open a separate document.

 

Schools and academies should also publish an annual statement setting out the key issues that have been faced and addressed by the governing body over the last year, including an assessment of the impact of the governing body on the school.

 

Structure of the Governing Body and Committees

The Chair of the Governing Body is Ben Willcox and the Vice Chair of the Governing Body is Helen Hearn.

 

The Governing Body’s structure and membership is outlined in the table below and within that structure it has the following committees:

 

Committee

Abrv.

Name of Chair

Finance

F

Ben Willcox

Staffing

S

Helen Hearn

Curriculum and Communications

C

Ruth LeSuer

Premises/H&S/Pupil Discipline

PHS

Ruth Sutcliffe

Performance Management/Pay Review

PM

Ruth LeSuer, Helen Nesbitt, Helen Hearn

 

Publication of Governor’s Details and Register of Interests

Re. Associate Members

Mrs. K Morris (Deputy Head teacher): Attends full GB meetings- Mrs Morris has no voting rights.

Phase Leaders attend full GB meetings on a rolling basis and some committees by invitation- they have no voting rights.

Please note, in accordance with the Governing Body’s Code of Conduct governors may be suspended for failing to provide the information below

Completed and reviewed by GB each September. Last  review September 17.

GOVERNOR / ASSOCIATE MEMBER

CATEGORY

APPOINTED BY OR ELECTED

TERM OF OFFICE

DATE STEPPED DOWN

ATTENDANCE AT FULL GOVERNING BODY MEETINGS, E.G. 6/6

ATTENDANCE AT COMMITTEE MEETINGS

GOVERNANCE ROLE IN ANY OTHER EDUCATIONAL ESTABLISHMENT

ANY PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS WITH STAFF MEMBERS IN THE SCHOOL OR WITHIN THE GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE

BUSINESS & PECUNIARY INTERESTS

INDIRECT INTERESTS

 

 

 

 

 

START

EXPIRY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professor

M

Baillie Smith

Parent

Elected

01-Jul-15

30-Jun-19

 

4 – 6

S

N

N

N

N

Mrs

A J

Bates

Co-opted

Governing Body

10-Mar-15

09-Mar-19

 

6 – 6

C, S

N

N

N

N

Miss

R

Blackburn

Co-opted

Governing Body

10-Mar-15

09-Mar-19

 

5 – 6

C

N

N

N

N

Ms

S

Bolam

Parent

Elected

11-Nov-15

10-Nov-19

 

1 – 6

F

N

N

Current Emp – Community Banker / Barclays

N

Mr

S

Easton

Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher

 

 

 

 

6 – 6

C, F,PHS, S

N

N

N

N

Mr

N

Gorvett

Parent

Elected

12-Nov-12

11-Nov-16

13-Sep-16

0-0

PHS

N

N

N

N

Mrs

H

Hearn

Local Authority

Governing Body

09-Feb-16

08-Feb-20

 

5 – 6

F,S

N

Ian Hearn (Husband) NTC

Current Emp – Commissional Officer EY NTC

N

Dr

CR

LeSueur

Co-opted

Governing Body

10-Mar-15

09-Mar-19

 

5 – 6

C, F

N

N

N

N

Mr

M

Moore

Parent

Elected

14-Mar-16

13-Mar-20

 

4 – 6

 

N

N

N

N

Mr

J

Morton

Parent

Elected

01-Jul-14

30-Jun-18

 

5 – 6

 

N

N

N

N

Mrs

H C J

Nisbet

Co-opted

Governing Body

10-Mar-15

09-Mar-19

5-June-17

2 – 5

PHS

N

N

N

N

Mrs

H

Scott

Parent

Elected

11-Nov-14

10-Nov-18

 

3 – 6

C,S

N

Jamie Scott (husband) CEM / Assessment

Current Emp – Supply Teacher

N

Mrs

R

Sutcliffe

Co-opted

Governing Body

10-Mar-15

09-Mar-19

 

6 – 6

PHS

N

N

N

N

Mr

B

Willcox

Co-opted

Governing Body

05-Jul-16

04-Jul-20

 

6 – 6

F

N

N

Current Emp – J N Dunn Group LTD

N

Mr

B

Willcox

Parent

Elected

12-Nov-12

11-Nov-16

04-Jul-16

0-0

F

N

N

N

N

Mrs

S

Williams

Staff

Elected

03-Nov-14

02-Nov-16

 

6 – 6

C,PHS

N

N

N

N

Mrs

J A

Palmer

Co-opted

Governing Body

10-Mar-15

09-Mar-19

 

6 – 6

C,S

N

N

N

N

Mr

S

Elsworth

Parent

Elected

06-Oct-16

05-Oct-20

 

5 – 5

F

Assoc Member – Accorn Community Church Youth Leader

N

N

N

Mr

R

May

Parent

Elected

06-Oct-16

05-Oct-20

 

4 – 5

PHS

N

N

Current Emp: Engagement and Development Co-ordinator at Funky Foods

 N