The School Development Plan enables the school’s vision to be shared and understood by the whole school community. Our aim is to work and learn together as a community in order to improve and be the best that we can be. The School Development Plan should give everyone an understanding of where the school is going and what actions will be taken to ensure we get there. We set clear timescales for implementation and determine how to effectively use both human and material resources to support specific goals. It also helps us plan and prioritise our budget and guides how we plan and organise staff training. The School Development Plan is designed to give a sharp, clear focus to those aspects of our work which we believe are most in need of improvement.
Everyone has the chance to contribute ideas as to how our school can improve. There are regular opportunities for staff and Governors to review how successful our improvements have been and agree priorities for the coming year. We ask parents, staff and children to share their ideas through questionnaires and through our School Council. We want everyone to support us and help us improve and this can only happen if we are all involved.
Once we have agreed the priorities, the Headteacher identifies targets for improvement by writing the School Development Plan. This is then shared with everyone.
There are five Key Priorities for the plan. We wish to achieve each target as fully as possible; therefore they will drive our training, resources, teaching and learning, monitoring, evaluation and review over the next year.
Professional development INSET days are an important part of this process. In addition to this, all staff are keen to keep up to date with new initiatives. Therefore, individual teachers and support staff will undertake training throughout the year in order to further their own professional development and to strengthen the subject expertise of the staff. Subject Leaders develop their own Subject Leader Action Plan which identifies key areas for development within their own curriculum area for the academic year.
Our School Development Plan has been structured in accordance with the revised Ofsted Framework for Inspection (August 2016) so priorities are grouped under the Ofsted category headings; Effectiveness of Leadership and Management, Outcomes for Children, Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment, Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare and The Effectiveness of Early Years Provision.
This plan has been compiled with the aim of ensuring that the priorities identified will improve the overall efficiency of the school and provide for the needs of all children spiritually, socially, morally, physically and academically, thereby having a positive impact on the standards children attain.
School Development Plan Summary 2017-2018
To continue to promote the Christian distinctiveness of our school
- To extend opportunities for children to become more involved in the planning and leading of Collective Worship
- To improve the theological and spiritual literacy across the school
- To choose three core values which link to our motto ‘to cherish’, ‘to learn’ and ‘to fly’ with associated Biblical references and Christian teaching
To implement an effective Distributed Leadership Model
- To further clarify the roles and responsibilities of staff and governors, invest in training and empower the team to lead School Improvement within their areas of responsibility
- To continue to maximise the impact of teaching assistants on learning
To improve outcomes for children
- To ensure that children who achieved ‘expected’ at EYFS in reading, writing and mathematics achieve ‘expected’ or ‘greater depth’ at the end of Key Stage 1. Greater number of children moving from ‘expected’ to ‘greater depth’. No ‘drop off’ for any group
- To ensure children who achieved ‘expected’ at EYFS/end of Key Stage 1 in reading, writing and mathematics achieve ‘expected’ or ‘greater depth’ across each year (1-4) No’ drop off’ for any group
- To ensure careful monitoring and targeted provision for our pupil premium children to secure good outcomes. No ‘drop off’ for any child
- To improve teaching for ‘greater depth’ in reading, writing and mathematics
- To ensure accurate assessment and moderation of judgements across all subjects and year groups
- To ensure implementation of a broad and balanced curriculum that meets the needs of our children
- To improve children’s attendance and punctuality
- To develop the children’s characteristics of learning
- To develop school facilities and systems to improve the quality of children’s experiences at playtime
- To improve the quality of hot school meals
- To ensure that children are supported to attain a Good Level of Development
- To focus on children’s progress in Communication and Language including Speech and Language and prime areas to promote a stable foundation for learning
- To continue to work with pre-school providers and families to promote ‘school readiness’