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Woodford Primary School

19th November 2019

Main Points from Minutes of Local Advisory Board (LAB) meeting held on 19th November 2019


  • Mrs Chivers gave a short presentation on Oracy to the members of the LAB and advised there was an Oracy page on the school website to promote this with parents
  • The school is working with all children to encourage eye contact, having the confidence to talk to the class and assemblies
  • Code of Conduct had been shared and signed by all - this included an annual DBS declaration and confirmation the governors had read the latest version of Keeping Safe in Education (Sept 19)
  • The updated Annual Safeguarding report had been shared
  • The Chair was drafting the LAB action plan and requested any suggestions to be sent to her asap
  • A new Governors visit form had been produced which is more in line with the new Ofsted framework - shared with all via the clerk
  • A short discussion was had around the new in-year admissions and how they had settled into school
  • The amount of days off by support staff was discussed and members were advised everyone was now back at work
  • Provision and progress of children with SEND were discussed (12 children) and those with Education, Health and Care Plans (3 children)
  • All children eligible for receipts of Free School Meals in KS2 had been captured
  • The behaviour numbers logged was discussed and if improved/changes to behaviour/positive behaviour was recorded as well - involved 24 children and 49 incidents
  • Class dojo’s were to be introduced - rewards scheme to encourage good behaviour and it would be tied in with school values
  • Staff Well-Being discussed particularly following the introduction of Teaching for Mastery in maths - agreed Mr Chantler would be invited to next meeting for a presentation combined with Governors afternoon
  • Governors were handed a copy of the anti-bullying leaflet that had been sent out to parents/carers
  • The significant level of need for children in EYFS was discussed including interventions needed and manpower within school and the support of the Educational Psychologist/EWO/MAST
  • Future EYFS numbers were discussed and the picture across Plympton was the same due to lower birth rates
  • Health and Safety discussed regarding the installation of new gates and fencing around the driveway and playground together with the ongoing erection of the perimeter fencing.
  • Governors had visited the school during the term including the Safeguarding, Maths and English visits where reports had been produced in advance of the meeting
  • Governors were reminded about training opportunities and the WeST Conference 
  • LAB policies were ratified
  • Trust Board Policies were acknowledged