School Improvement Plan Overview for Parents/Carers 2017-18

October 2017

At the beginning of September we produce a detailed School Improvement Plan for the Federation which sets the priorities and maintenance agenda for the next academic year. The School Improvement Plan continues to be updated throughout the year as actions completed or other areas for development become apparent.

The School Improvement Plan is informed by the Governing Body Strategic Development Plan which outlines key strategic objectives as part of a three year rolling programme. The Governing Body Strategic Development Plan is sub-divided in to four sections each containing a number of objectives that are as follows:

Strategic intention: EXCELLENT PROVISION FOR LEARNING

Strategic objectives:

  • Secure high standards of pupil attainment so that all children make sustained progress from their starting points.
  • Ensure creative, consistent and successful delivery of the National Curriculum making the most of opportunities to enrich children’s learning.
  • Ensure that safeguarding is effective and all children feel happy, safe and emotionally secure at school.

 

Strategic intention: OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT AT ALL LEVELS

Strategic objectives:

  • School values and an enriching environment nurture children’s social, moral, spiritual and cultural development.
  • To be a fully effective school leadership team and governing body that uses robust self-evaluation to drive further school improvement.
  • To develop a sustainable and high quality distributive leadership.
  • Optimise the use of resources for the benefit of current and future pupils with a commitment to ensuring financial sustainability.
  • High quality and sustainable before and after school provision.

 

Strategic intention: ENHANCED PARTNERSHIP WORKING

Strategic objectives:

  • Establish purposeful engagement between governors, staff, children and Parent(s)/Carer(s) of the school community to benefit children’s learning.
  • Staff and governors of WFIS work strategically with Wirksworth Junior School; local cluster schools and early years providers to maximise school improvement.
  • The school community engages with and works in partnership with the local and wider community and is responsive to community changes.

 

Strategic intention: MAINTAIN HIGH LEVELS OF STAFF MORALE AND WELL-BEING

Strategic objectives:

  • All Federation staff have access to fair and supportive performance management review and appropriate continuous professional development.
  • Promote and maintain staff wellbeing.
  • All staff work as a team demonstrating mutual support and respect.

 

The School Improvement Plan is compiled taking into account data and feedback from a wide range of sources including:

  • Governing Body Strategic Development Plan
  • Previous OFSTED reports 2012 (Wirksworth Infant School) and 2016 (Wirksworth Church of England Infant School)
  • Previous Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools report from Wirksworth Church of England Infant School 2015
  • Local and national data books
  • Parent/carer survey responses
  • Pupil discussions
  • Staff surveys and staff 1:1 discussions
  • Discussions with our Local Authority Associate School Improvement Adviser

The School Improvement Plan is divided in to five main areas for development which are aligned to the current Ofsted Framework for inspection that include:

  • Effectiveness of leadership and management in the school
  • The quality of teaching, learning and assessment in the school
  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare in the school
  • Outcomes for pupils at the school
  • Effectiveness of the Early Years provision – quality and standards at the school

This information is just an overview of the School Improvement Plan and designed to give you an insight into priorities for the year ahead.

Kind regards

Jo Poyser, Headteacher – Wirksworth Federation of Infant Schools, October 2017

 

School Improvement Plan overview

Effectiveness of leadership and management in the school

Development priorities for 2017/18:

  • All subject leaders to create a subject leader action plan for the academic year.
  • In-depth review of selected curriculum subjects in line with the three year rolling program of policy review.
  •  Review non-statutory policies in-line with the three year program of policy review.
  • Implement performance appraisals for support staff that runs in conjunction with appraisals for teaching staff.
  • Implement a timetable of transition events for children and staff liaison between the Federation and Wirksworth Junior School.

 

The quality of teaching. learning and assessment in the school

Development priorities for 2017/18:

  • To advance attainment and progress in phonics across the Federation.
  •  Develop a whole school approach to cursive handwriting.
  •  Continue to develop assessment grids for all subjects across the national curriculum in Years 1 and 2.
  •  Improve parent/carer access to greater information about the curriculum and assessment.
  •  Develop children’s ability to articulate what they are learning and what they need to do to succeed/achieve their next steps.
  •  Further develop and embed differentiated maths challenges used in Years 1 and 2.
  •  Continue to embed the use of RM Integris (RM Integris is the Federation management information system) for recording summative assessment data of children in all year groups.
  • Headteacher and teaching staff to continue to hold termly pupil progress meetings for all children using accumulated summative and formative assessment data.
  •  To introduce additional parent/carer communication service through the ‘Parent Hub’ app.

 

Personal development, behaviour and welfare in the school

Development priorities for 2017/18:

  •  Carry out the Local Authority online safety audit and implement associated action plan.
  • Carry out the Local Authority safeguarding audit and implement associated action plan.
  • Carry out the Local Authority health and safety audit and implement associated action plan.
  • Review PE and sport funding premium expenditure for 2016/17 and implement PE and Sport Funding Premium action plan/strategy statement for 2017/18.
  • Through focussed school attendance initiatives aim for a whole school attendance figure of 96.5% by the end of the academic year.
  • Embed our commitment to British and school values.
  • Introduce Year 2 Peer Buddies at breaktime and lunchtime.
  • To introduce a whole school initiative with individual child ‘fun files’ as part of a three year rolling program which supports the development of healthy and active lifestyles by offering children increased opportunities for physical activity, freedom and movement and promoting a sense of well-being.
  • To arrange and deliver a cluster school INSET day which focuses on the importance of staff well-being.
  • To gain silver status in the national school sustainable travel accreditation for both schools in the Federation.
  • Investigate working towards achieving Artsmark status across the Federation giving staff opportunity to evaluate arts, culture and creativity across the curriculum.
  • Begin the process of working toward becoming a Fairtrade School.

 

Outcomes for pupils at the school

Development priorities for 2017/18:

  • To meet school set targets for the number of children in the Early Years Foundation Stage achieving a Good Level of Development by the end of the academic year.
  • To meet school set targets for the percentage of children at the end of Year 1 and 2 achieving in-line with or above expectations in:
    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
    • Maths
    • Science
  • To be in-line with or exceed national percentage of children achieving the expected threshold in phonics attainment at the end of Year 1.
  • Review Pupil Premium expenditure for 2016/17 and implement Pupil Premium action plan/strategy statement for 2017/18.
  • Ensure continued appropriate provision for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities to ensure every child is given opportunity to fulfil their potential.

 

Effectiveness of the Early Years provision – quality and standards at the school

Development priorities for 2017/18:

  •  Implement action plan of transition measures for children from local nurseries and pre-school who will be starting school in September 2018.
  •  Develop the online learning journal for teachers and parents/carers to record, track and celebrate children’s progress in the Reception classes.
  •  Implement areas for development from the Early Years Foundation Stage audit carried out at the end of 2016/17.