How to cover budget shortfalls

What was the issue addressed? There was an insufficient budget to deliver the curriculum and add value to students learning. This was difficult as staffing had to be cut to achieve a balanced budget and parents were then concerned when TA cover was reduced. What happened? We lobbied the Local Authority & Welsh Government. TheContinue reading “How to cover budget shortfalls”

Appointing a new headteacher key to addressing other school issues

What was the issue addressed? Large budget deficit, unsatisfactory Estyn report and a series of acting headteachers. We also faced a problem of overstaffing and an adviser who attempted to rectify the situation as we did not have a permanent headteacher in place. What happened? Overstaffing was difficult to resolve because the LA had triedContinue reading “Appointing a new headteacher key to addressing other school issues”

Addressing concerns caused by recurrent teacher absences

What was the issue addressed? We have had to deal with recurrent staff absence which led to the initiation of disciplinary/competency proceeding. Balancing the wellbeing of staff against the needs of the children and the wider school community can be challenging. Dealing with HR and the red tape surrounding teacher competency can be frustrating, particularlyContinue reading “Addressing concerns caused by recurrent teacher absences”

Establishing correct health and safety policies

What was the issue addressed? The school had concerns over school hall size and emergency evacuation, the numbers permitted for school fayre and controls over safe numbers of children and adults for a given space, also whether there was a clear exit plan.  It was surprising that these things were not clearly stated. What happened?Continue reading “Establishing correct health and safety policies”

What happens when external organisations fall out on school premises

What was the issue addressed? We have had a dispute in the school with regard to two bodies providing out of school hours provision for the children. They both share the same premises. The managers of these bodies do notcooperate. This has resulted in an ongoing dispute involving legal issues which has had to beContinue reading “What happens when external organisations fall out on school premises”

Using the experiences and expertise of governors to address school issues

What was the issue addressed? How the school responds to high number of pupils with additional learning needs (ALN). Staff are very understanding, sympathetic and work very hard to provide for all. However, the training given has not really addressed the issue. It is generally felt that most additional needs cannot be properly addressed inContinue reading “Using the experiences and expertise of governors to address school issues”

How to make sure policies are fit for purpose

What was the issue addressed? Reorganising of the business of school governors – in our case it became clear in the run up to an inspection by Estyn that the governing body was only paying lip service to keeping policies up to date. What happened? The decision was made to create a policy committee.  TheContinue reading “How to make sure policies are fit for purpose”

Addressing health and safety issues relating to the school building

What was the issue addressed? At the primary school I have been asked to deal with a health and safety issue because of my background and my role as an LA councillor. There are problems with the brickwork on the building and scaffolding has been put on a large area of the school. This isContinue reading “Addressing health and safety issues relating to the school building”

Appointing a new headteacher without haste

What was the issue addressed? Recruitment of a new head teacher – this is on-going. This was prompted by the unexpected retirement of an experienced and successful head. The challenge is in making sure the process wasn’t rushed so we could make sure we recruited the right person. Additionally, the school is apparently seen asContinue reading “Appointing a new headteacher without haste”

Resolving complaints made by parents against teachers

What was the issue addressed? There was a complaint from a parent against the teacher of her primary age children.  She sent a letter to the education department, headteacher and Chair of governors. The mother was very irate in her letter threatening all sorts of ways of taking further action. What happened? As we hadContinue reading “Resolving complaints made by parents against teachers”