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Tuesday 26 September 2017
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Universal Infant Free School Meal Funding 2017-18 Academic Year
Universal Infant Free School Meal (UIFSM) funding for the academic year 2017 to 2018, is based on a provisional allocation to schools using the final allocation for the academic year 2016 to 2017. The attached download details the provisional allocation for the period September 2017 to March 2018 which is adjusted by 26 school weeks for the period September 2017 to March 2018.
The final allocation for the academic year 2017-18 will be calculated using:
the number of pupils recorded as taking a meal in year 1 and year 2 in the October 2017 and January 2018 school censuses
the number of pupils known to be eligible for FSM in the same censuses who are taking a meal. This figure is divided by 2 to give the average number of eligible UIFSM pupils in years 1 and 2.
The number of reception pupils used will be the greater of either:
the number of pupils recorded as taking a meal in the October 2017 and January 2018 school censuses,
those pupils taking a meal known to be eligible for FSM in the same censuses, divided by 2. This gives the average number of eligible UIFSM pupils in reception for academic year 2017 to 2018;
the number of pupils recorded as taking a meal in January 2018 school censuses, minus those pupils taking a meal known to be
eligible for FSM in the same census.
The Department for Education (DfE) will count dual registered pupils at the setting at which they took the meal on the census day, even if it is their subsidiary setting.
The provisional allocation will be updated in March to reflect the census data for September 2017 and January 2018.
LA Governor nomination and appointment process
The attached guidance provides a summary of the nomination and appointment process for Local Authority governors in North Somerset.
In particular, the roles of the Governing Board Clerk and the nominating Councillor are explained, as well as issues to consider when nominations are made.
A further attachment provides a list of the disqualification criteria as provided by The School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012.
If you have queries regarding the nomination process, please contact Governor Services:
Telephone number: 01823 355757
Vulnerable Learners' Service Brochure and Training Offer 2017-18
Our brochure sets out our traded work, including our training offer, and provides information about our wider support to settings, designed to build capacity to meet the needs of vulnerable learners. We also include details of pupil support, direct to students and through our work with staff and families.
Electing Staff Governors - Guidance for schools and academies
Do all schools have staff governors?
For a local authority (LA) maintained school, there must be one staff governor on the governing board, in accordance with governance regulations. There may also be other governors on the board who have been appointed as ‘co-opted’ governors and who are also members of staff. The proportion of governors on the board who are also members of staff must not exceed one third of the total number of governors.
For academies, this will depend on the articles of association. The latest version of the model articles of association for academies from the Department for Education (DfE) does not specify staff trustees as a category of trustee. There is also no set procedure for their appointment or election. Academies must not appoint a staff member as a trustee if by doing so employees of the academy trust would represent more than one third of the academy's trust board.
What is the role of the staff governor?
It is the same as for every other governor - to contribute to the work of the governing board in ensuring high standards of achievement for all children and young people in the school, contributing to strategic discussion, holding senior leaders to account by monitoring school performance and ensuring money is well spent.
Staff governors are representatives of the staff and provide a valuable link between the staff and the governing board, but they are not expected to represent the interests of staff at meetings. For more information about the role of a governor, click here.
Who can be a staff governor?
All full-time and part-time members of staff employed by the governing board or local authority under a contract of employment to work at the school, but not supply teachers, are eligible to be elected as a staff governor.
Are particular skills required, in order to be a staff governor?
Everyone on the governing board needs a strong commitment to the role and to improving outcomes for children; the inquisitiveness to question and analyse; and the willingness to learn.
Schools may ask staff with particular skills and experience to put their names forward for election, but this should not be a condition of nomination for a staff governor position.
How can a member of staff be elected as a staff governor?
Elections for staff governors must be organised by the ‘appropriate authority’.
For community, community special, maintained nursery and voluntary controlled schools, the appropriate authority will be the local authority (LA). For voluntary aided, foundation or foundation special schools, it will be the governing board.
Where North Somerset Council is the appropriate authority, the responsibility for staff governor elections is delegated to the headteacher, who commonly acts as the ‘returning officer’. In some cases, the school may use the clerk to the governors or appoint another member of staff as returning officer. Where the appropriate authority is the governing board, the chair or clerk to governors may be the returning officer.
Is there a model election procedure?
Yes. A ‘Staff Governor Election Pack’ can be downloaded from this page. The documents in the pack will support the clerk in organising an election in community, community special, maintained nursery and voluntary controlled schools. Other schools, including academies, may also wish to use these documents.
If you have any queries about the procedure please contact firstname.lastname@example.org