The purpose of the plan is to identify how we can further improve and develop the work of Rode Methodist First School and Norton St Philip CofE First School, how we will manage change, and how we can make best use of resources and new opportunities available to us.
Our Leadership team will be extended this year and a distributive leadership approach adopted. Our new teams will have distinct roles and responsibilities, drive school improvement and hold each other to account for their decision making. These newly appointed senior leaders will have increased opportunity to undertake their roles and responsibilities for further developing quality of teaching, learning and assessment. (Ofsted Report September 2017) In addition our School Business Manager (SBM) will lead improvements in parental engagement, IT and data protection.
Teaching and Learning
We will show a total commitment to staff professional development through appraisal, reflection, support and collaboration.
Introduce coaching methods for Senior Leaders to improve teaching from good to outstanding in literacy and numeracy
Improve the quality of observations and the impact they have on teachers- we will invest in filming equipment to transform observations. Teachers will begin to film lessons, watch the video and reflect on what they see. This will form part of the Appraisal process
Identify emerging talents, coaching current and aspiring leaders in a climate where excellence is the standard
Extend our appraisal procedures to include all staff
Pupil Outcomes- More Able Pupils
Although children make good progress across the Federation in 2018 we will raise achievement by ensuring that teachers consistently provide the highest levels of challenge to enable pupils, especially the more able, to make stronger progress in reading and writing. (Ofsted Report September 2017) We will do this through careful identification, tracking, interventions for and assessment of all able pupils in RWM. We will also ensure that teachers develop a more challenging range of learning opportunities for the highest attaining pupils.
Pupil Outcomes- Writing
Writing outcomes are not strong across the Federation. With the help of Sarah Cook, Literacy Consultant, we will unpick why this is the case, particularly for boys, and we will develop effective actions to address our findings. In addition, we will ensure that the quality of pupil’s writing is consistent across a wider range of subjects and that the presentation of pupil’s work continues to improve. (Ofsted March 2017). Teaching staff will continue to work with Trisha Lee and Bath Spa University on our inquiry-focused project to improve creative writing for boys across our Federation.
“Our Curriculum excites and motivates pupils” (Ofsted Curriculum September 2017) however with our newly adopted single-year group teaching groups we need to review our Curriculum drivers and our Curriculum Maps. This will lead to the development of a new Curriculum Policy and revised curriculum pages on our website which will reflect the exciting, engaging and innovative provision & opportunities within our Federation. In July 2018 children will all take to the stage to become writers, choreographers, singers, performers and set designers in our Mega-Triennial Performance at the Dragon Fly Theatre. Our Federation will continue to be innovative and outward-facing.