Below is our second blog written by Mike Swann which can also be found over under the ‘Governors’ page:
One of the key tasks for the governing body of any school is to have a strong understanding of the needs of its pupils. Knowing if there are particular areas where the school could be better supported enables the governing body, with the senior teaching staff, to make better decisions strategically about the allocation of resources.
With this in mind, I spent the day in school last week observing the Year R pupil progress meeting. These sessions are held every term for all school years and allow the head and deputy head teachers, with the respective year group teachers, phase leader and SENCO, to carefully consider the progress of each and every pupil across all areas of school life.
Together, the team can agree the best approach to support each child to flourish within the school; this might include specific interventions for particular curriculum areas, making use of additional staffing resources such as the teaching assistants.
This was a great opportunity for me to understand how the decisions that our governing body have made, such as agreeing funding for extra teaching support or specialist workers such as the school’s speech and language therapist, have impacted on the quality of education available at the Flying Bull Academy.
I was able to hear of case-studies where the teaching staff responded to individual pupils’ needs, drawing on the resources that have been made available. I observed the year R teaching team after the meeting, as they worked together to plan classroom activities for the coming weeks, considering every pupil and the discussions that had just taken place.
I was also able to see first-hand the high expectations that Mr Hewett-Dale and Mr Dallinger have for the standards and progress of our children, and how the year group teachers are challenged positively to meet these in their day-to-day work.
I hope to attend more pupil progress meetings in the future, following this year group on their journey through the school and gaining a better understanding about how best to support them all through my own role here at Flying Bull Academy.
My thanks go to every member of the team, for their contribution to a rewarding and informative day for me. I look forward to my next visit to school and to spending some time in the classroom with Year R.
Year R link governor