Small daily improvements - September 2018
Every day, every member of our school community experiences academic success. Like today, when a child who finds reading more challenging read aloud to four adults and left us all with huge smiles on our faces.
Every success is important, be it adding the full stop at the end of every sentence, remembering which way around a '5' is written or finally catching the ball in PE. As educators, it's our job to recognise these successes, celebrate them and then work out the next steps for each and every child to help them to more success.
Challenge 2 on this year's School Development Plan is focused on further developing our use of assessment. We'll be continuing the staff training we began last year, working with an assessment expert, who will bring fresh ideas to our work. We've also begun to look at the ways in which we share assessment on your child with you and we will be providing you with even more information over the course of the year. Our first Parents' Evenings will take place either side of the October half term holiday, giving you the first insight into how your child is achieving this year.
If you would like to discuss our assessment of your child's achievements at any time, please do not hesitate to contact your child's class teacher. Myself and Elaine Wagg are also happy to meet with you, or chat on the phone, at any time. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
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'The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement' - Helmut Schmidt
Every Monday on our Weekly Briefing for staff, we have an inspirational or motivational quote. Tomorrow, the quote above is on this week's staff briefing.
Last year, every member of our school community worked hard to improve standards in our school. There are many, many ways to measure success and we use them all to ensure that we are constantly giving our children the best primary education we can. We use statistical measures; we observe lessons; we scrutinise children's books; we talk to the children, the parents, the staff, the governors and the community. We work closely with the Local Authority to ensure that standards in our school are constantly improving. Throughout last year, we shared our successes with you and we will continue to do so throughout this year,
This process of school improvement requires everyone to play their part and so, over the coming weeks, we will be sharing this year's improvement objectives with you.
Challenge 1 - Leadership
We are continuing to strengthen leadership in our school by further developing skills in our staff that allow them to lead their subjects areas effectively.
Our English and Maths Leads (Caroline Colledge & Becky Duncton respectively) now have time each week to monitor standards in their subjects and improve provision in these areas.
The same is true for our Early Years Lead (Louise Harris), who is busy further developing provision for not only our Reception children, but for pre-school children from birth.
We've made some huge changes to Special Educational Needs Leadership and provision in the school this year. As a qualified SENDCo, I will be sharing the role with Janet Hunt, who is embarking upon her training to gain the national qualification. We will be working closely together to further improve our provision and practices. Within our support staff, we are creating specialists - staff who have an increased knowledge and understanding of a range of needs - who will support staff and children across the school. We have also set up our new CSI Team (they absolutely love the name!), which is focusing on improving communication in children of all ages. This team, lead by Elaine Wagg, also works hard to improve provision for children with sensory impairment.
Our PE leads now also have regular time each week in which to complete the mammoth task of ensuring that our children access high-quality sports provision, both within the curriculum and in addition to the school day.
All other subject leads will also been given regular time, each term, to focus on improving their subject areas each term.
In addition to this, we have set up Phase Leaders to implement and monitor further improvements across the school, ensuring that we have consistency in everything we do:
EYFS Phase Leader (Nursery & Reception) - Mrs Louise Harris
KS1 Phase Leader (Years 1 & 2) - Mrs Janet Hunt
Lower KS2 Phase Leader (Years 3 & 4) - Mrs Caroline Colledge
Upper KS2 Phase Leader (Years 5 & 6) - Mrs Becky Duncton
Our governing body is also continuing to develop its leadership skills and will update you of its work throughout the year.
In addition to all of this, Elaine and myself are continuing to work closely with the local education authority to further raise standards. Last year, we very successfully began this process and we are certain that our improvements will continue this year. We would, as always, like to thank you for the support you give us in our work and would like to remind you that you are welcome to come and chat to use at any time.
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Welcome Back …
We have had a fabulous start to the new term. Children all settled very quickly, including our new 2 year olds in our Seedlings Nursery Provision. The children seem to have all grown over the summer and all look very smart in their new school uniforms - thank you for your support with this; we really appreciate it. We have welcomed some new children into our school and we are receiving requests for places every day. We are excited about this new school year and can’t wait to share it with you all.
Last year was a huge year for our school and saw many changes taking place. We will update you regularly throughout this year with changes we are making and the impact of these. We are working hard every single day to constantly improve our school and raise standards further. You, as parents and carers, play a vital role in that and we look forward to working closely with you again this year.
At the start of each new year, there is always so much information to give you and much of it will be included in this newsletter. But, please make sure you check our Twitter and Facebook feeds for updates on a daily basis. As always, we are more than happy to talk to you at the end of every school day. Myself and Mrs Wagg are usually out and about in the mornings too.
Thank you for your continued support. If you ever have any concerns, please do come and speak to us at the first opportunity.