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Impington Village College

LGB Minutes 29-01-19

MEETING OF THE LOCAL GOVERNING BODY

Tuesday 29 January 2019 at 6.00 pm in the library

MINUTES

Present: Karen Momber (Chairman), Rachel Carrington, Elizabeth Sadler (Vice Chairman), Chris Savage, Rob Campbell (MET CEO), Claire Beressi Jones, Kate Brierton, Victoria Stubbs (Link Trustee) and Ryan Kelsall (Principal).

In Attendance: Christine Martin (Director Student Progress), Jenny Walker (Head of Wallenberg House), Mo Middleton (LP Humanities), Victoria Hearn (Vice Principal) and Joe Greenway (Clerk). 

  1. Workshop Activity – Pupil Premium (PP), including
  2. Governor link Report, Curriculum, Teaching & Learning and Pupil Premium

Christine Martin (Director Student Progress) made a Power point presentation on Pupil Premium at IVC which is attached to and forms part of these minutes.

She commenced by reminding governors of the history of PP confirming that schools are accountable for PP performance through school performance tables which show the attainment of PP students, the progress made by these students and the gap in attainment between PP students and their peers.  She described which student groups are entitled to PP support and the numbers of students at IVC currently in receipt of PP funding.  As at January 2019 there are 165 PP students with between 29 and 39 students in each year group (Year 7 to Year 11 inclusive)

Ms Martin then asked Governors to estimate the ranking of 11 local schools in order of which PP students made the most progress to the least progress in 2017 and 2018.  In 2017 IVC was second out of 11 local schools.  Four schools made positive progress the rest negative progress when compared with non-PP students.  In 2018 this changed to IVC being ranked 7th out of 11 with students making negative progress when compared with their peers.  Ms Martin explained that this poor performance (on paper) was due to one PP student who had not attended college since March of Year 10 due to anxiety and agoraphobia and consequently took no examinations.  If the performance of this student was discounted the progress would turn positive and, in fact, be the highest of the Cambridgeshire schools in the sample.

Ms Martin than asked governors to list the challenges and barriers for PP students in and outside of school.  After discussion Ms Martin then went on to describe the challenges to attainment and reported that, for the 2018/9 cohort a positive attainment figure of circa 0.84 is predicted, and, within this, improvement in the EBACC attainment and Humanities attainment is also anticipated.

Attendance and unauthorised absence of PP students continues to be a concern with attendance being worse than for non-PP students with these figures not showing improvement over the last 3 years.  She then went on to report some of the barriers to learning which are:

  • Easily distracted/ distract others
  • Don’t want to attempt work as don’t want to be classed as a failure
  • Only see some subjects as important (English, Maths/ Science)
  • Homework not completed (don’t have time/ don’t see point)
  • Won’t ask teachers for help, would rather ask friends
  • Family issues

Parental engagement is also poor, and the college actively contacts the parents of PP students to encourage them to book appointments at parents’ evenings and sends reminders to those that haven’t booked. 

Ms Martin then referred governors to the outcomes of research by the EEF (Education Endowment Foundation), an independent charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement) which was in the form of a toolkit.  Governors were encouraged to try to compare the cost, evidence strength and impact on progress of various types of intervention with PP students.  The results of the EEF analysis are given below:

 

Type of Intervention

Impact on PP Students

1

Aspiration

Zero

2

Behaviour

+ 3

3

Collaborative Learning

+5

4

Extending School Time

+2

5

Feedback

+8

6

Homework (Secondary)

+5

7

Mentoring

Zero

8

Metacognition & Self-Regulation

+7

9

One to one tuition

+5

10

Parental Engagement

+3

11

Peer Tutoring

+5

12

Performance Pay

+1

13

Reading Comprehension Strategies

+6

14

Reducing class size

+3

15

School uniform

Zero

16

Setting or streaming

-1

17

Small Group tuition

+4

18

Social and Emotional Learning

+4

19

Teaching Assistants

+1

20

Within Class attainment grouping

+3

Ms Martin then showed that IVC currently provides most of the positive interventions identified above as follows:

  • Behaviour intervention / Social and Emotional Learning – Sports/ Performance academy, Nurture groups, Engagement reports/ House team meetings
  • Extending School time – Extended day/ period 0, Lunchtime & period 6 intervention
  • Feedback – IMP assessment books
  • Homework and intervention tasks – Edulink
  • Metacognition and self-regulation/ Reading Comprehension strategies – Learning scientist and approaches to learning lessons
  • One to one tuition/ Small group tuition – English, Maths and Science tutoring, English and Maths boosters
  • Parental Engagement – Head of House /Deputy HoH half termly meetings and communication with parents
  • Performance pay – Bluesky

The Chairman thanked Ms Martin for her comprehensive presentation and confirmed that it had answered all of governors’ previously submitted questions.  She then went on to report that, in her role as link governor for PP, she had met with Ms Martin twice, held a focus group with some PP students, spoken with the Heads of House and shadowed a PP student.  Following this evidence gathering she was very pleased to confirm that she was impressed by the amount of PP related activity in the school, the range of initiatives and interventions and how these were throughout all the year groups.  She recommended that governors review the reports of her visits which are in the Dropbox.

Governors then asked about staff training in PP.  Ms Martin advised that CPD sessions across the school are held regularly, that faculties are constantly reviewing their practices and that staff visit other schools to share best practice.

Governors thanked Ms Martin and Ms Walker and staff for their work in planning and delivering an excellent and thought-provoking presentation.

3.   Governor Training updates – Pupil Premium

Not covered.

Rob Campbell, MET CEO arrived during the next item at 7.20pm

4.   Workshop activity (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC))

Ms Mo Middleton made a brief presentation to governors on the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) developments at the college, the key points being:

  • SMSC is a leading factor in school inspection so it matters that all staff and governors are explicitly aware of what it is and how to talk about it.
  • Spiritual does not mean religious but is about the human spirit– the best of what humanity can be – better to think of it as inspirational than spiritual
  • IVC is a college packed full of excellent examples of SMSC – many of which fulfil more than one SMSC category.
  • A school statement on SMSC has been drafted which, after checking and additions, will go on the website.  It includes the IB learner profile so that IBness is celebrated as well as the SMSC provision in the one statement.
  • SMSC will continue to be promoted though staff, iSLT and tutor time in as many ways as possible.

Governers welcomed the opportunity to comment on the SMSC statement.  To that end Ms Middleton agreed to email the statement to the Clerk who would then email it to governors.  The Chairman asked governors to forward any comments to the Vice Chairman by the end of the weekend for collation and feedback to Ms Middleton.

Actions: Clerk, All governors, Vice Chairman

Ms Middleton confirmed that more updates for governors will be made at future meetings.

Governors thanked Ms Middleton and noted her presentation on SMSC.

5.   Apologies and Declarations of Interests

Apologies were received from Steve Blatch, Magdalena Charytoniuk, Guy Noble and Laura Pearce.

There were no declarations of interest.

6.   Minutes of the meeting of 20 November 2018

The minutes of the meeting held on 20 November 2018 were agreed and signed as a correct record. 

7.    Matters Arising

None.

8.    Standing Reports

  • MET Update to LGBs

Rob Campbell, MET CEO, referred governors to his report.  On behalf of the Trust Board he offered his congratulations to the staff and students at IVC for their award of the gold standard Carnegie Centre of Excellence Mental Health Award for Schools, and in particular to Simon Warburton and Katie Jarvis.  He reported that the construction tender for The Cavendish School will not be issued by the end of January.  He hoped that the tender would be available for the March 2019 LGB and opined that delay beyond that date could put the planned opening of TCS in September 2020 at risk.  He confirmed that Julie Bailey is designate Chairman of TCS LGB.  The Chairman asked that Ms Bailey be invited to a future meeting of the IVC LGB.

Action: CEO

RC confirmed that formal consultations were now taking place with stakeholders with a view to Girton Glebe Primary School becoming a member of the MET.  He also confirmed the Trust’s commitment to Adult Learning which will be delivered by the MET Living arm of the Trust; adult learning had not been specifically listed among the MET Objectives for MET Living since it was now considered to be embraced by leisure.

Finally, he reported that Beth Morrish of the Morris Teaching School Alliance will be leaving the Trust at the end of the academic year and that Amanda Hartwright, Business Development Manager of the Trust will be leaving in February.  Governors thanked both staff for their work and wished them well in their future employment.

Governors noted the MET update.

9.    Review of Governor reflections from LGB workshop November 2018 including

10   Governor Mid-Year Reviews

The Chairman referred governors to the reflections from the workshop which are now documented and available for reference in the Dropbox.  She opined that the following matters need to be considered to ensure that governors continue to be effective in their role.

  • Holding another governor skills audit
  • Link visit forms and safeguarding issues
  • Procedure to ratify policies in a timely manner

She also stated that it was time for mid-year reviews of individual governors and that she and the Vice Chairman will be contacting governors through the cluster groups to make progress on this matter.

Action: Chairman & Vice Chairman

Governors noted the verbal report on governor reflections on the workshop.

11.  Governor Toolkit

The Clerk confirmed that this was now in the Dropbox.  The proforma for link visits is being updated and will be uploaded in due course

Action: Chairman & Principal

Hard copies of the tool kit were issued to those that requested one.

12   Signing in

The Principal advised that a new electronic signing-in system for college staff and visitors was now in place.  He requested that all governors use this system from now on when visiting the college during the day.  The system terminal is located at Reception.

Governors noted the request to use the new signing-in system.

13   AoB

  1. Upcoming Events 
  • A Music Concert will be held at IVC on 14 February and governors are welcome to attend.
  • The Vice Chairman encouraged governors to attend one of the February sessions of the Termly Briefing for governors run by Cambridgeshire County Council
  1. Staff

Governors gave their best wishes to the Vice Principal for her impending confinement.They requested that the amended SLT structure be circulated to them at the Principal’s earliest convenience; also, an up to date list of staff by department.

Action: Principal

  1. Future Agenda item

The Principal advised that the March LGB will focus on the IB evaluation visit

The meeting closed at 7.58 pm.