School improvement is what we all do every day. It is a continuous process.
Each year we put together a school development plan, which we call our Learning Improvement Plan (LIP), which has 3, 4 or 5 key targets for the next academic year. We choose our target areas by gathering information from a variety of sources. These include external evaluations of our work, alongside our own extensive and detailed self-evaluation processes – our data analysis, staff appraisal processes, coaching, pupil progress meetings and surveys of children, parents and staff. The targets draw on discussions Governors have had in our various Full Governing Body and Committee meetings. The targets often also reflect the national agenda for education.
We like to keep our Learning Improvement Plan brief and to the point in order that the key areas of development are always clear and understood by all. Each subject team within our school has a team action plan which supports the Learning Improvement Plan as well as making sure that all areas of learning are focused on regardless of whether they are a priority or not.
Our training for the year reflects our priorities. Staff training is crucial to school improvement and we invest lots of time and resources in this. Well-trained and developed staff results in improved progress and achievement for our children.
Our priorities for 2023 – 2024 are:
- PRIORITY 1: To ensure vulnerable pupils make good progress from their starting points particularly pupils with SEND or PP
- PRIORITY 2: To improve the quality of writing – vocab, stamina, handwriting and mark making etc.
- PRIORITY 3: To give children firm foundations in Maths so they can manipulate numbers and calculations
- PRIORITY 4: To further strengthen the curriculum – staff development, use of T4L in continuous provision, vocabulary, use of visits and visitors to enhance the curriculum
- PRIORITY 5: To continue to develop the preschool environment