The work of Abercarn
Primary School Governors did not stop as a result of Covid-19 closure. All
communication and decisions were made virtually to ensure all school business
continued effectively. Here are some items that were addressed between March
and the end of Summer Term 2020:
- Governors received regular updates in the form of
an amended electronic Headteachers Report. The Headteacher report covered a
range of items including:
Closure updates and plans.
Online Learning updates including engagement and
progress of pupils.
School processes and staff updates.
Survey and responses.
- Governors agreed the Staffing Structure for
2020-2021. This included considering the progress of pupils and potential
support and challenge required in 2020-2021 as a result of closure. Governors
agreed to maintain the current class structure and agreed to an additional part
time teacher in Year 2 to support Year 1 pupils.
- Governors continued their work with School Finance,
SLAs, Grants and Budget. Governors agreed the Service Level Agreements for
2020-2021, set and agreed the school budget and grant expenditure. Governors
were provided with updates on the school budget by the Headteacher following
virtual meetings with the LA Finance Officer. Governors agreed to summer
projects / expenditure.
- Governors were provided with a range of information
regarding the “Well Being” of both staff and pupils. Governors were updated
regarding the process for contacting families fortnightly and updated with
information on staff risk assessments.
- Governors were provided with information regarding Health
and Safety. This included an update regarding routine checks during closure
undertaken by Mr S Watson to ensure the school could open successfully when
needed. Site Risk Assessments were agreed following the guidance provided by the
Welsh Government and LA.
- Governors were fully consulted with “Reopening
Plans” for both the “Check in Catch Up and Prepare” sessions and for full reopening
in September 2020 following WG Guidance. Plans for both staff and parents were
provided that included detailed safety provisions. Plans were consulted upon
and agreed unanimously by the Governing Body.
** Governors provided
challenge and questions to ensure the effective day to day running of the
school during closure.
The Policy Committee checked, agreed and recommended
“Live Streaming” Policy for approval. The policy was unanimously approved by
all Governors virtually.
Governor training information including online /
virtual training has been provided by Governor Support Service throughout
Meetings for 2020-2021 confirmed by Chair of Governors
and Headteacher in July 2020.
Look out for the next
Governors Blog in Autumn 2020.