Link Governor News

Link Governor Visits:

 

We regularly visit school as link governors to ensure we are fully aware of the work of the school around key areas. On our visits we meet with school leaders, visit classrooms and speak to the children about their opinions about things. These visits give us the opportunity to challenge and support the school to further improve.

 

Our link governor roles are:

 

Role Governor
EYFS L.Haworth/K.Mannion
KS1 M. Morris/L. Marlow
Lower KS2 G. Phillips
Upper KS2 R. Bunnett
Safeguarding L. Marlow
E Safety/Digital Inclusion A. Spooner
SEND B. Ponzini
Health and Safety A. Armstrong
Attendance Z.Hathaway
Pupil Premium B.Ponzini

ATTENDANCE LINK GOVERNOR VISIT (20TH APRIL 2017)

Miss Hathaway visited school for the first time in her role as link governor for attendance with the intention of raising her own awareness of the work that is being completed in school to improve attendance as this is a key priority and also to use her own experience (as a teacher in a primary school who have improved attendance significantly) to offer suggestions and further developments.

Miss Hathaway reviewed daily procedures that are conducted around absence and she was impressed with the rigour of the system to monitor and check daily absence. The first response sytems were robust.

The approaches to improving attendance have worked and the improved attendance data was evident from the spring term. It was suggested that we should also meet with nursery and reception parents this term to raise the profile and importnace of good attendance evene from the earliest age. Another suggested approach was to set up specific morning clubs to engage children with lowest attendance on key target days of the week and also to conduct individual target setting interveiew with children and families. A final suggestion was to work with the School Council to develop an attendance 'strapline' that emphasises the importance of excellent attendance.

LKS2 LINK GOVERNOR VISIT (21ST MARCH 2017)

Mr Phillips spent a morning in Y3 and Y4 observing teaching and learning and focusing on how school is supporting children with SEND and what additional uses of the Pupil Premium Grant made for children in Y3 and Y4.

Mr Phillips was impressed with the work that Shark Class were completing in their 'Reciprocal Reading' sessions. The children all took on different roles in the session when reading and analysing the book being studied and supported and challenged each other to understand the text fully.

In Cheetah Calss, the practical nature of the learning was evident and the children worked well to solve time problems within the lesson. Mr Phillips noted the improvements individual children had made in terms of their engagement in their learning since his last visit to the class whilst they were in Y3.

In both classes, Mr Phillips identified that children with SEND are well supported and challenged. The work that the SENCO has completed across school to support provision is evident. Support seen in class encourages independence for the children and encourages them to be focused and engaged in their learning through skilful questioning and prompting.

UKS2 LINK GOVERNOR VISIT (27TH JANUARY 2017)

Mr Bunnett spent a full morning with Lion (Y6) and Fox Class (Y5/6)  to observe teaching and learning in UKS2. He was impressed by the attitudes of the children to their learning and he felt a real buzz to the learning in Fox Class. Mr Bunnett was able to see first hand a number of the initiatives that have been brought into school to improve writing and reading. He was able to see the impact of Teaching and learning over a unit of writing work through looking at how pupil outcomes had improved between  hot and cold tasks. In reading the use of ERIC time (Explain, Retrieve, Interpret, Choice) was evident and the value of being able to focus on key reading skills was clear to see.

Mr Bunnett also met with Mrs Pender, our KS2 Phase Leader, and he raised some points with her regarding attendance of our Y5 children, the consistent use of purple pens, the emotional impact of tests on our children and how vulnerable groups of children are monitored and supported. Mrs Pender was able to provide detailed information about how these areas of concern are being tackled currently at school.

SEN LINK GOVERNOR VISIT (DECEMBER 2016)

Mr Ponzini completed a 'Learning Walk' with Mrs Hennessey (SENCO) to review provision for SENd children within KS2. It was clear thet the children are well supported well, receive differentiated work that still does provide challenge and are motivated to improve their learning.

When questioning Mrs Hennessey, Mr Ponzini discussed the processes and activities used in school to identify the needs of individual children, provide appropriate levels of support, how school works closely with external partners to ensure accurate diagnosis is reached for children and the implications this then places on school to meet these needs. Mr Ponzini was pleased to see the passion and dedication all the staff have to ensuring we meet the needs of all our children in school.

EYFS LINK GOVERNOR VISIT (November 2016)

It is clear that the hard work from last academic year has continued and it was excellent to see the children fully engaged in the challenge of learning in both Nursery and Reception. The confidence of a large number of children is amazing to see and they were very keen to share their learning.

The environment continues to be developed but we know this is a longer term project to reach the point we want both inside and outside.

The next steps for EYFS were discussed with the EYFS lead and the priorities are improving outcomes for boys and disadvantaged children across the phase in addition to developing communication in Nursery. Find My Voice Project for Nursery in Spring term will help us to develop skills in this area.

We are aware of the lower numbers in Nursery so far this year and as governors we need

 

KEY STAGE 1 LINK GOVERNOR VISIT (NOV 2016)

Mr Marlow visited the classes in Key Stage 1 this week to gain a more in depth view of the way the school morning is organised and to ask questions of teaching staff, leaders and the children.

First of all, Mr Marlow wanted to see how we were improving reading in KS1 and he saw how DERIC time was used to help the children improve key reading skills (Decode, Explain, Retrieve,Interpret, Choice). He was impressed by the children's effort and clear understanding of the concepts involved in this process. He also saw some Phonics sessions and agian was impressed with the involvement of the children in developing their knowledge and understanding.

Mr Marlow also scrutinised maths books and posed questions to Mrs Baxendale about marking and provision for the most able learners in maths lessons.

 

Safeguarding Link Governor visit. (October 2016)

Mr Marlow visited school and spent time with our Safeguarding Team in school. He reviewed policy documents, our section 175 audit and he also reviewed our Single Central Record.

LINK GOVERNOR VISIT SEND

Mr Ponzini recently visited school to look at our provision for children with SEND. He met with Mrs Hennessey our SENCO, observed intervention groups, spoke to children and also reviewed paperwork.

The amount of paperwork and research that the SEND team complete to ensure the best provision possible was a strength that was identified: recognising the determination of the team to understand complex needs and meet the needs of all our children.

Mr Ponzini was impressed by the interventions that he saw and was pleased to see that school was making effective use of TA staff  especially following reports from the Education Endowment Fund reports on 'Making the best use of Teaching Assistants.'

In his meeting with Mrs Hennessey, a format for the annual SEND report for governors was discussed to ensure that all governors have a full understanding of the school provision for children with SEND.

Health and Safety Governor Visit. (April 2016)

Mr Armstrong visited school last week to review our fire drill procedures. He observed a fire drill in the KS2 building and was impressed by the speed the building was evacuated. He recognised how sensible the children were and how the systems in place worked smoothly. Mr Armstrong was pleased to see our new 'Early Detection' and 'Emergency Lighting' systems now in place in the KS1 building.

He will be visiting again in the next few weeks to monitor a fire drill in the KS1 building.

Link Governor visit- Lower KS2 (February 2016)

Mr Phillips visited our school and spent some time in Puffin, Giraffe and Cheetah classes. He commented that the display work and visual aids to the children are vibrant and eye catching.

He also noticed that the children were all working independently and were very conscientious and eager to learn. He was impressed by the initiative the children showed when they came across a problem in their learning when they used the 'help desk' resources to solve the problems they faced. He saw the children using learning ladders to understand what they needed to do to achieve well in the lesson and feels that this is a great way to develop independence.

Mr Phillips was impressed by the use of the I Pads in class and he particularly liked the way he saw in Cheetah class a piece of work being photographed and then displayed on the class interactive panel to be marked together ; providing high quality feedback to the learners.

This was Mr Phillips first visit to school as a link governor  and he was really impressed with the brilliant behaviour and attitudes to learning he saw in Puffin, Giraffe and Cheetah class. Well done.

 

Link Governor visit KS1 (December 2015)

Ms Morris visited school and spent some time in Bear class, Monkey class and Tiger class. She also spent time speaking to Mrs Baxendale our KS1 Leader.

This was her first visit as link governor and the first thing that she noticed was the warm welcome she received from the children and staff.

Ms Morris spoke to Mrs Baxendale about how our learning environment should reflect our ethos and the high expectations we should have for our children. Before she visited any classroom, Ms Morris wanted to know what she should expect to see in every classroom to make sure things were being consistent.

When Ms Morris visited the classrooms, she was able to see a consistent approach to a number of displays including working walls,  help desks, behaviour systems and celebration of learning. She noted that the classrooms appear to be bright and in general well organised.

Ms Morris has asked us to continue to work on certain areas of the three classrooms to ensure they are less cluttered. This is something we have been working on since September and will continue to develop.

Ms Morris commented that parts of the building look tired and in need of some redecoration and repair and that this is something that the governing body and Mr Cooper need to discuss and develop a plan for improvements to the building.

Contact the school

Call and speak to either

Mrs Joyce Jones

on 0151 477 8270

Whiston Willis Community

Primary School, Milton Avenue

Prescot, L35 2XY