Guardian Angels Catholic Primary School

 

A Parents’ Guide to our School Improvement Plan 2016/2017

 

How does the school decide priorities for development?

Our school’s performance is assessed under 5 headings, in addition to RE and Catholic Life:

  • RE and the Catholic Life of the School
  • Effectiveness of Leadership and Management and Governance
  • Continuing to develop the quality and consistency of teaching, learning and assessment
  • Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare
  • Outcomes for Children
  • Effectiveness of Early Years Provision

We constantly evaluate how well we are doing in these areas and collect evidence from all stakeholders. We gather information through our monitoring and evaluation, questionnaires and review our SIP at several points through the year. The governors are responsible for agreeing the priorities and ensuring that each plan is implemented.

What are our priorities?

 

RE and the Catholic Life of the School

We are working to:

  • A stronger emphasis on vocations needed throughout the school and not just Y6.
  • Further promote the teaching of multi-cultural units in RE
  • Establishing a revised school Mission Statement so that its more memorable for our children in a more child friendly way
  • Plan a programme of visits to other places of worship/ visitors representing other faiths.
  • Strengthen community and parish links through a series of planned events.
  • Ensure pupils are exposed to and achieve the correct level of challenge.

 

Effectiveness of Leadership and Management and Governance

We are working to ensure:

  • Senior leaders and governors have a greater strategic vision of the school
  • Senior and middle leaders are fully accountable and have a positive impact on attainment, progress and standards
  • Subject leaders have a clear picture of their subject & its role within the school curriculum
  • Class teachers are fully accountable for their class standards and achievement
  • Ensure that ambitious class and key stage targets are set, to ensure continual school improvement.
  • The Senior Leadership Team and Middle Leaders to report accurately to governors to enable governors to refine their actions to ensure improvement in outcomes.

 

Quality and consistency of teaching, learning and assessment

We are planning to:

  • Carry out lesson observations and learning walk outcomes are at least consistently good
  • Ensure that pupils books show rapid and sustained progress
  • Ensure disadvantaged pupils in all year groups make accelerated progress and achievement gaps diminish
  • Review the content and structure of lessons, to increase challenge and promote independent learning – teaching through a ‘mastery’ approach.
  • Encourage lesson structures that give time for pupils to review learning; to deepen and develop their skills and knowledge. Ensure effective, well planned interventions are in place and that they are carefully monitored to maximise their impact.

 

Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare

We are working:

  • To carefully monitor absence rates, particularly for disadvantaged pupils
  • Ensure that pupils are confident and self- assured and that they take pride in their work and their appearance.
  • To continue to promote good behaviour, particularly at lunchtimes and breaktimes
  • Continue to promote good behaviour in the dining hall, through use of lunchtime helpers and a consistent approach to behaviour management.

Outcomes for Children

We are working to:

  • Ensure lesson observations and learning walk outcomes are at least consistently good
  • Monitor that pupils books show rapid and sustained progress
  • Ensure Disadvantaged pupils in all year groups make accelerated progress and achievement gaps diminish
  • Increased stretch and challenge for more able pupils raises % of pupils at Greater Depth in all year groups.
  • Carry out rigorous moderation of writing, including handwriting, and GPS, is accurate, informative and meets expected standards.
  • Increased stretch and challenge for more able pupils raises % of pupils at Greater Depth in all year groups, & at KS1 & KS2 in Summer 2017
  • Ensure disadvantaged pupils in all year groups make accelerated progress and achievement gaps diminish
  • Ensure that progress in English and Maths at KS2 is in-line with or above national figures.

 

Effectiveness of Early Years Provision

  • Work with EYFS consultants to support and implement new strategies
  • Ensure interventions are in place to raise attainment in in writing to impact Good Levels of Development
  • To use accurate and regular evaluation of progress to impact on provision, including adapting
  • Use on-going monitoring and assessment to adapt the environment to cater for the current needs of the class.