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Tuesday 13 December 2022

Below is a summary of the meeting held on Tuesday 13 December 2022.

Meeting summary

  • The meeting opened with a member story from Jack who gave a synopsis of his story from deciding to become an SLT, through studying, qualifying and starting his first job. Trustees praised Jack’s creativity, honesty and energy for the profession.
  • The board reviewed and approved the minutes of 5 October 2022 meeting and the actions from the previous meeting.
  • The board approved the minutes of the 2022 annual general meeting and these will be made available online.
  • The CEO updated the board on some of the key issues impacting the profession:
    – The challenges in children’s services particularly in respect of Covid and the ongoing demand and capacity issues.
    – The cost-of-living crisis and the need to promote the Welfare Fund to members
  • The director of policy and public affairs presented the External Impact Report from the policy and public affairs team which included external impact from across the organisation.
  • The board received a presentation on equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), which is one of the eight focus areas within the RCSLT Strategic Vision 2022-27. The presentation included an overview on progress made in supporting members to be actively anti racist, diversity in the workforce and meeting the needs of diverse populations. The board discussed and commented:
    –  Interesting to see an increase in the number of students
    –  The need to embed EDI into work rather than just discussed
    –  The power of networks
    –  The increasing number of SLTs
    –  The need to bring more people in from lower economic social backgrounds
    –  The reduction in senior SLT posts across the country
    –  The need for EDI to be front and centre of all we do.
  • The board received updates on the implementation of the eight focus areas of RCSLT’s operating plans from trustee sponsors.
  • The board received updates on progress on key performance indicators (KPIs), the risk register and financial performance and projections.
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