The Governors met for a full day of presentations and workshops consisting of the following:
Outstanding Governance – Governors worked through The Ofsted framework, shared some recent training on Effective School Governance and undertook a workshop on Governors Responsibilities.
Behaviour Management – Governors received a presentation from Aisla Maclean-Wood on the schools positive behaviour management and scrutinised the schools data analysis on behaviour incidents. Governors were pleased to hear that less than 10% of students are involved in any kind of behaviour incident and only 5% are involved in more than one incident, and that incidents decrease as the school year goes on.
Bungalow Development – Jenny Savage updated governors on the bungalow developments. A feasibility study is underway by the Local Authority to convert the old Site Managers bungalow into a Post 16 base using the temporary classrooms budget.
ICT Strategy – The Headteacher updated governors on the ICT strategy. I-pads and laptops are being provided for individual pupils – now about 2/3 of pupils have access to one or other.
SEND reforms – Elaine Okopski led Goverors through the changes as a result of the new childrens act. In particular they discussed Local offer as a result of the Education Act September 2013. Education Health & Care Plan (EH&C plans), New SEN Code of Practice and Personal Budgets
Teaching School Alliance (TADSS) Clare Mackavoy explained that TADSS is now entering its 3rd year. The organisation is well established now, leading to some very successful joint working. She summarised the work of each of the strands of work. Staff in all five schools are really feeling the benefit of this shared way of working and still working in partnership with the LA.
Air FM – David James gave a talk on Air FM focussing on the Community aspect and how this leads on from the radio work that the students would have experienced whilst at Westfield