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John Clifford Primary & Nursery School ‘Be your best. Celebrate success. Together we will be successful.’

School Improvement

School Improvement Plan 2021-2022

 

 

Priority 1: Leadership and Management.

1.1 To develop the use of research to ensure high quality teaching so that children (and groups of children) develop detailed knowledge and skills in order to achieve the best possible outcomes in reading, writing and maths.

1.1.1. To embed research-based practice into all teaching and learning.

1.1.2 To ensure access to quality CPD and accredited programmes of development.

1.1.3 To induct ECTs into school and engage with the new ECT Framework.

1.2 To review the efficiency and accuracy of the school’s assessment procedures and tracking systems to ensure that high quality teaching leads to success.

1.2.1 To consider ways of baselining children post covid.

1.2.2 To look at ways that progress can be tracked in core subjects.

1.2.3 To look at a system for recording progress and attainment that is fit for purpose.

1.2.4 To develop a system for closely monitoring and  recording the progress and attainment of PP children.

Priority 2: Personal Development.

2.1 To have a clearly designed curriculum where the curriculum drivers support an understanding of diversity and improve cultural, moral, social and spiritual development (linked to BAME and EAL)

2.1.1 To ensure that the curriculum reflects diversity.

2.1.2 To ensure that the PSHE, SRE and RSE curriculums are embedded into everyday practices, with discrete teaching.

2.1.3 To continue to develop outdoor learning for all children and within the community.

2.1.4 To audit and approve the most effective approach to the teaching of phonics.

2.2 To re-establish the involvement of the children and the community in leadership and experiences across the school.

2.2.1 To make sure that staff have access across teams to supporting all aspects of school.

2.2.2 To restart the Junior Leadership Team and work towards leadership and genuine pupil voice.

Priority 3: Behaviour and Attitudes.

3.1 To ensure the school’s curriculum intent and implementation are embedded consistently across the school so that work is of a consistently high quality in all wider curriculum subject areas.

3.1.1 To ensure that the curriculum work started is implemented.

3.2 To embed wellbeing and support improved mental health across our school community through further developing our nurturing school.

3.2.1 To develop the role of the nurture lead.

Priority 4: Quality of Education.

4.1 To monitor the quality of learning to ensure the best outcomes for children through observation, learning walks, scrutiny and moderation

4.1.1 To organise a monitoring schedule for the autumn term.

4.2 To embed the new PSHE/SRE curriculum across school.

4.2.1 To promote the teaching of PSHE, RSE and SRE curriculum across all phases of school.

4.2.2 To plan assemblies support the teaching of the RSE curriculum.

4.3 To establish a programme of work that will support the development of vulnerable groups.

4.3.1 To employ an Educational Psychologist to carry out specific work.

4.3.2 To employ a Speech Therapist to carry out specific work.

Priority 5: Early Years.

5.1 To ensure that the new EYFS Reforms 2021 are embedded and utilised effectively.

5.1.1 To ensure that all staff are aware of the changes to practices.

5.2 To strengthen the EYFS curriculum, assessment and practice to improve outcomes for all children and close the gap for disadvantaged children.

5.2.1 To develop an approach to planning which best suits the needs of the children and the school.

5.2.2 To implement the new Reception Baseline and use Baseline Assessment to accurately reflect individual starting points.

5.2.3 To develop the outdoor learning environment for FS1.

School Improvement Plan 2020-2021

 

Whilst it seems only natural that our priorities are for health and safety and recovery post/during the pandemic, we do have a duty to continue to drive the strategic direction of the school. Our priorities for 2020-2021 are:

 

Priority 1: Leadership and Management.

1.1 To create a community culture that enables pupils and staff to excel (Year 3 – Post Covid).

To maintain a clear vision and identity amongst all stakeholders.

  • To create opportunities for staff that support pay grade and associated responsibility.
  • To ensure that all staff have opportunity to pursue an ambitious career.
  • To encourage the impact of Governors through linked visits.

To promote a culture of research.

  • To encourage all staff to take up research-based practice.

To promote the efficacy of the subject leader.

  • To ensure that a clearly set out monitoring schedule is adhered to.

1.2 To promote community cohesion through connection with all school stakeholders.

To improve transition.

  • To welcome new children and families into the JC Community.
  • To introduce assessments for all new starters.

1.3 To encourage an environment where wellbeing and healthy lifestyles are promoted.

To manage the wellbeing and healthy lifestyles of all staff and children.

  • To promote healthy lifestyles within the staff team and amongst all children.

1.4 To ensure practices for safeguarding and health and safety are of top priority.

To vigilantly monitor safeguarding on site and through communication during any periods of school absence.

  • To manage the safeguarding of all pupils through the introduction of CPOMS.

Priority 2: Personal Development.

2.1 To create learning opportunities that promote more than what is statutorily required.

To develop a broad and balanced curriculum.

  • To develop a curriculum that embraces the community of JC.
  • To ensure that subjects promote subject specific vocabulary. Case study – Geography
  • To ensure that the curriculum promotes the JC understanding of equality.

Priority 4: Quality of Education

3.1 To support all learners in achieving beyond expectation.

To ensure value for money – PE and sport premium.

  • Analyse and revise the Sports premium and allocation in accordance with new DfE Guidance (Sept. 17).

To ensure value for money – PPG.

  • Analyse and revise the PPG allocation in accordance with new DfE Guidance.

To ensure value for money – DfE Catch Up Fundning.

  • Analyse and revise the CUF allocation in accordance with new DfE Guidance.

To increase capacity for reading within the curriculum.

  • To promote reading at home. 
  • To ensure that reading is embedded throughout all areas of the curriculum.
  • To use quality texts as stimuli and models for good writing in English lessons.
  • To develop a bank of key vocabulary for the foundation subjects that children will be able to use. 

3.2 To improve the quality of teaching and learning across school.

To engage staff in improving their classroom practice to improve outcomes for children.

  • To design appraisal objectives that encourage professional reflection and target setting.
  • To ensure that CPDL sessions are evidence-based and focused on the development of strong classroom practice and are explicitly linked to appraisal.
  • To develop the use of formative assessment strategies.
  • To support staff with access to up-to-date educational research.

 

We also have a post Ofsted Action Plan in which the following are addressed:

  • Ensure planning follows a structure that identifies small steps in achieving objectives
  • Maths Leadership Team up to date on current maths mastery guidance
  • Ensure that pupil’s learning builds on what they already know
  • To ensure learning is moved on quickly
  • To ensure tasks are demanding enough for all pupils
  • Leaders complete a range of monitoring activities to check plans are being put in place to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics across school
  • To develop a broad and balanced curriculum
  • To develop a greater understanding of assessment of foundation subjects

 

All action plans are contributed to and shared with staff and are quality assured by the Governing Body. Updates upon impact and outcome are scrutinized by the Strategic Development Committee, termly. 

 

 

School Improvement Plan 2019-2020

 

This plan was co constructed by the Middle Management Team. It is reviewed termly and shared with the governors.  This piece of work continues to drive improvement and supports the prioritisation of funding, action and intended outcomes for all learners.

Priority 1: Leadership and Management.

1.1 To create a community culture that enables pupils and staff to excel (Year 2).

To establish a clear vision amongst all stakeholders.

To roll out the new JC Promises to all stakeholders and secure buy in by all.

To ensure that the JC Promises reflect the behaviours of the school community.

To ensure that the JC Promises reflect the behaviours of the school community.

To develop the role and responsibility of all members in all teams.

To ensure that the JLT are able to articulate the impact of the JC Promises.

To create opportunities for staff that support pay grade and associated responsibility.

To induct new site staff.

To ensure that all staff have opportunity to pursue an ambitious career.

To ensure that all staff have opportunity to pursue an ambitious career.

To promote a culture of research and metacognition.

To encourage all staff to take up research-based practice.

To ensure that curriculum initiatives are research based.

To promote the efficacy of the subject leader.

To ensure that a clearly set out monitoring schedule is adhered to.

1.2 To promote community cohesion through connection with all school stakeholders.

To develop transition into and out of the school.

To embed 30 hours provision in Foundation Stage 1.

To ensure that transition arrangements within school are secure and can be clearly articulated.

To welcome new children and families into the JC Community.

To develop the use of R4S in KS2.

To develop the cohesion within the FS.

To explore academisation.

1.3 To encourage an environment where wellbeing and healthy lifestyles are promoted.

To develop wellbeing and healthy lifestyles.

To promote academic resilience.

To embed the role of the Wellbeing Governor.

1.4 To ensure practices for safeguarding and health and safety are of top priority.

To ensure all staff fulfil their statutory duties.

To ensure that the SCR is accurate and secure.

To ensure that the SCR is accurate and secure.

To ensure that the recruitment of staff follows the Induction Policy.

To promote the Emergency Plan throughout school.

To consider and revise E-safety practices.

To raise awareness of Social media issues for pupils and to promote safe internet use throughout school.

To teach pupils how to use social media sites responsibly, including privacy settings and consequences of poor use of social media.

Priority 2: Personal Development.

2.1 To create learning opportunities that promote more than what is statutorily required.

To develop a broad and balanced curriculum.

To develop a curriculum that embraces the community of JC.

To ensure that subjects promote subject specific vocabulary.

To ensure that reflection supports progression.

To ensure that there is a clear balance between skills, knowledge and understanding.

To ensure that the curriculum promotes the JC understanding of equality.

Priority 4: Quality of Education.

3.1 To support all leaners in achieving beyond expectation.

Intent: To revisit policy and procedure with regard to all pupils.

To continue to explore the PPG and evaluate practices within school.

To support staff in considering the needs of PP children and entitlement.

To consider provision for the more able disadvantaged children and challenge teaching and learning around these children.

To consider provision for the EAL children and challenge teaching and learning around these children.

To set up and develop Nurture provision.

To develop outdoor learning.

To develop the role of Science within KS1 and KS2.

Develop assessment strategies for science in KS1 and KS2.

To ensure value for money – PE and sport premium.

Analyse and revise the Sports premium and allocation in accordance with new DfE Guidance (Sept. 17).

To introduce swimming to YR4 and YR5 children (£10000)

To raise the sporting profile of the school.

To promote speech and language throughout school. (2017-2018)

Develop speaking and listening in all children.

To develop the teaching of spelling throughout school.

To roll out a programme for Spelling linked to the JWade CPD.

To monitor staff marking and feedback relating to key spellings and words from the statutory word lists.

Develop the teaching of and use of the National Curriculum statutory word lists. 

To improve the teaching of writing across the school.

To deploy staff to explicitly teach the skills of writing.

To enhance English teaching by developing high standards of literacy across foundation subjects.

To enhance English teaching by developing high standards of literacy across foundation subjects.

To develop presentation in all books.

To increase staff expectations for presentation in children’s books.

To share work which exemplifies desired presentational features will be displayed in all classrooms.

To increase capacity for recall and application of multiplication.

To continue with the Maths Mastery Programme.

To increase capacity for reading within the curriculum.

To incentivise reading amongst children and to ensure that a love of reading is fostered.

To ensure that reading is embedded throughout all areas of the curriculum

To ensure that quality texts are used as stimuli and models for good writing in English lessons

To develop a greater understanding of assessment of foundation subjects.

To develop pre and post assessment questions linked to knowledge, skills and understanding within a foundation subject.

To develop a bank of key vocabulary at the planning stage that will be used and encouraged by staff.

School Improvement 2018-2019

 

The School Improvement Plan continues to drive activity at John Clifford School. The needs of the children are considered at all costs when establishing objectives and actions. The actions are costed and the School Business Manager works in partnership to establish a cost effective and viable plan. The School Improvement Plan is reviewed regularly by the Senior Leadership Team and the Middle Management Team and leadership time is devoted to the realisation of both the actions and intended outcomes. The Governors are also significant stakeholders in this process, holding to account the staff of John Clifford School for the continuing improvement of the school.

Priority 1: Effectiveness of Leadership and Management.

1.1 To create a culture that enables pupils and staff to excel.

  • To develop the role and responsibility of the Senior Leadership Team.
  • To revisit and r-eestablish the vision of the school (Governance).
  • To assure that the GB have rigour in understanding assessment processes (Governance).
  • To make greater links with all stakeholders (Governance).

1.2 To challenge policy and practice around support for disadvantaged pupils.

  • To revisit policy and procedure with regard disadvantaged pupils.
  • To ensure value for money – PE and sport premium.

1.3 To support the greater development of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

  • To ensure that the children and staff are supported beyond academic provision.

1.4 To ensure that all safeguarding procedures are in place to protect pupils from radicalisation and extremism.

  • To ensure the safe environment of the school.

Priority 2: Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment.

2.1 To embed AfL practices daily in support of TL&A of the highest quality.

  • To enhance AfL practices in maths and English.
  • To develop the role of Science within KS1 and KS2.
  • 2016-2017 2.1 to establish an effective programme of transition throughout the school and within the family of schools.
    1. To develop basic skills of reading writing, math and communication -reading
  • To promote speech and language throughout school. (2017-2018)

2.3 To develop basic skills of reading writing, math and communication -writing

  • To develop the teaching of spelling throughout school.
  • To improve the teaching of writing across the school.
  • To enhance English teaching by developing high standards of literacy across foundation subjects.
  • To develop presentation in all books.

2.4 To To develop basic skills of reading writing, math and communication -math

  • To increase capacity for recall and application of multiplication.
  • To develop a Mastery Approach in mathematical teaching and learning (2 years).

Priority 3: Personal development, behaviour and welfare.

3.1 To develop and challenge ideas and perceptions/leadership

  • To develop and enhance the Faith Council.
  • To develop greater understanding of families.

3.2 To develop transition and aspirational futures.

  • To develop internal security for transition of children and their information.

3.3 To maintain a healthy profile of attendance and punctuality for all children.

  • To support families in achieving good to better attendance and punctuality.

3.4 To ensure that children are healthy and fit and safe of mind

  • To consider and revise E-safety practices.

Priority 4: Outcomes for Pupils.

4.1 To diminish the difference between disadvantages/vulnerable groups

  • Improve writing outcomes in KS2 2018 writing outcomes.
  • Raise the quality of maths teaching at JC.
  • Reduce gap between PP and non PP writing Y4 to <10%.
  • Reduce gap between PP and non PP maths Y3 to <15%.
  • Reduce gap between PP and non PP maths Y5 to <20%.
  • Reduce gap between non PP and PP maths Y6.

 

 

Planning for Improvement 2017-2018

 

The School Improvement Plan (SIP) has been co-constructed by a wide team of governors, senior leaders and staff.  Whole school monitoring mechanisms have supported our understanding alongside external feedback and government agendas. Within the SIP, the following priorities have been identified:

 

Priority 1: Effectiveness of Leadership and Management.

1.1 To create a culture that enables pupils and staff to excel

  • To develop the role and responsibility of SLT.
  • To successfully  induct and support our NQT.
  • To strengthen appraisal practices.

1.2 To challenge policy and practice around support for disadvantaged pupils

  • To revisit policy and procedure with regard disadvantaged pupils.
  • To ensure value for money – PE and sport premium.

1.3 To support the greater development of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

  • To develop the role of the PSHE Leader.
  • To enhance provision for PSHE across the school.

1.4 To protect pupils from radicalisation and extremism

  • To ensure the safe environment of the school.
  • To consider the role of the volunteer/work experience individual and promote policy around this

Priority 2: Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment.

2.1 To embed AfL practices daily in support of TL&A of the highest quality.

  • To enhance AfL practices in maths and English.
  • To develop the role of Science within KS1 and KS2.
  • 2016-2017 2.1 to establish an effective programme of transition throughout the school and within the family of schools

2.2 To develop basic skills of reading writing, math and communication -reading

  • To promote speech and language throughout school.
  • To meet needs of the children across F1 and F2 who need speech and language support.
  • To promote reading for all children with a particular focus on the under 5s.

2.3 To develop basic skills of reading writing, math and communication -writing

  • To develop spelling throughout school.
  • To enhance English teaching by developing high standards of literacy across foundation subjects.
  • To develop presentation in all books.

2.4 To To develop basic skills of reading writing, math and communication -math

  • To increase capacity for recall and application of multiplication.
  • To increase challenge across the school.
  • To develop a Mastery Approach in mathematical teaching and learning (2 years).

Priority 3: Personal development, behaviour and welfare.

3.1 To develop and challenge ideas and perceptions/leadership

  • To develop and enhance the Faith Council.
  • To develop and enhance the voice of the children.
  • To develop and enhance Pupil Leadership.

3.2 To develop transition and aspirational futures

  • To develop internal security for transition of children and their information.
  • To develop external partnerships to ensure that transition to KS3 is smooth.

3.3 To maintain a healthy profile of attendance and punctuality for all children

  • To support families in achieving good to better attendance and punctuality.
  • To consider the management of F1 and offered provision.

3.4 To develop practices to ensure that children are healthy and fit and safe of mind

  • To engage the children in healthy lifestyles.
  • To continue to develop independence through outdoor learning.
  • OFSTED recommendation – ‘Early Years staff plan more focussed activities that fully utilise the outdoor space’.
  • To consider and revise E-safety practices.
  • To develop First Aid practices that support staff and parents.

Priority 4: Outcomes for Pupils.

4.1 To diminish the difference between disadvantaged/vulnerable groups across the school

  • Y3 Reading: disadvantaged children and other from 20% to less than 10%.
  • Y5 Writing: disadvantaged children and other from 26% to less than 10%.
  • Y4 Maths: disadvantaged children and other from 30% to less than 10%.
  • Y5 Maths: disadvantaged children and other from 29% to less than 10%.
  • Y4 Writing: EAL children and other from 32% to less than 10%.
  • Y6 Writing: EAL children and other from 20% to less than 10%.

4.2 To increase attainment from baseline to the summative point outcomes by set and measurable %s

  • Increase Phonics pass rate for children in Year 1 from 53% to 78%.
  • Y2 Reading: to increase % @ARE from 49% at the end of Y1 to 65%.
  • Y6 Reading: to increase % @ARE from 55% at the end of Y5 to 65%.
  • Y2 Writing: to increase % @ARE from 51% at the end of Y1 to 65%.
  • Y5 Writing: Increase % @ARE from 44% at the end of Year 4 to 65%.
  • Y5 Maths: Increase % @ARE from 47% at the end of Year 4 to 65%.

4.3 To support the development of able children through effective differentiation

  • Y2 Writing: increase GD in writing from 14%.
  • Y5/6: increase GD from in all subjects.

4.4 To improve outcomes for children from baseline

Baseline Data:
Making relationships –

  • 72%(F2) 100%(F1) below ARE
    Self confidence and self awareness – 63%(F2) 100%(F1) below ARE
    Managing feelings and behaviour – 72%(F2) 87%(F1) below ARE

Alongside this School Improvement Plan sits a detailed Premises Improvement Plan and an IT Improvement Plan. These contain short, medium and long term projects that we hope to work towards, budget depending. 

Planning for Improvement 2016-2017

 

The School Improvement Plan (SIP) has been co-constructed by a wide team of governors, senior leaders and staff.  Small teams have worked with knowledge about the school and children to identify priorities for this year and beyond. Whole school monitoring mechanisms have supported our understanding alongside external feedback and government agendas. Within the SIP, the following priorities have been identified:

 

Priority 1: Effectiveness of Leadership and Management

 

To engender greater opportunities for learning and development for all learners.

1.1 To extend the programme of CPD for senior and middle leaders (inc. subject leaders).   

1.2 To embed rigour into the monitoring of the curriculum and engage in relevant tracking of progress.

1.3 To strengthen appraisal procedures to include TA appraisal.  1.4 To explore succession planning for SLT and governors. 

Priority 2: Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment

 

To increase working together within teaching, learning and assessment.

2.1 To establish an effective programme of transition throughout the school and within the family of schools.

2.2 To establish an effective way of tracking children.

2.3 To innovate and implement assessment and feedback practices across the school.

2.4 To set challenging out of school activities that enhance school based learning.

Priority 3: Personal development, behaviour and welfare

 

To maintain and enhance the very high standards of personal development, behaviour and welfare.

3.1 To enhance the teaching of RE and establish a faith council to support all learners within the curriculum.

3.2 To support the development of thoughtful, caring and active citizens.

3.3 To develop confident and self-assured learners.

Priority 4: Outcomes for Pupils

 

To provide positive outcomes for all children.

4.1 To improve spelling, handwriting and vocabulary development across the school.

4.2 To raise the percentage of children at ARE in reading in Year 5 from 35% to 69% (internal target).

4.3 To improve outcomes for pupils entitled to the Pupil Premium and close identified gaps in reading, writing and mathematics.

4.4 To consider the bespoke needs of the children identified as SEND and devise assessment that will contribute to outcomes.

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