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Manland Primary School

logo_smTowards Outstanding Plan

2016-2017

Headteacher: Mrs Claire Wicks

Chair of Governors: Mrs Clare Turner

 

Introduction

The school recognises that children have a very good education at Manland and this view is supported by the outcomes of our parent/Carer survey, the school’s latest meeting with its School Improvement Partner and its most recent Ofsted inspection of November 2013. The school is ambitious to provide the highest quality of education for its children and to become an ‘outstanding’ school. The school recognises the challenges that this goal brings however it is keen that Manland children have the highest quality of primary school experience. This plan is therefore targeted at tweaking aspects of the school’s work to ensure it is of a consistently high quality in all areas.

Background

In the autumn term of 2013 our school was judged as good in all areas during both a requested Hertfordshire Review (15.10.13) and Ofsted Inspection (6.11.13). The school had 3 areas suggested by Ofsted that needed to be addressed in order to become outstanding:

  1. To ensure that teachers always enable children to tackle work that is hard enough
  2. To ensure that children have sufficient time to respond to teachers’ constructive advice in comments in marking
  3. To ensure that children make as rapid progress in reading as they do in writing

These aspects have been incorporated into the school’s development work and since 2013 the school has made excellent progress against these objectives.

Foci for the 2016-2017 plan

Through its self-evaluation and with the input or its School Improvement Partner the school has identified areas for focus for the academic year 2016/17:

  1. To ensure effective provision for disadvantaged children
  2. To further improve quality of teaching and learning in mathematics across the school
  3. To develop a coaching climate within the Senior Leadership Team
  4. To review learning experiences of children and ensure they engage in a wide range of learning activities
  5. Ensure high quality support and challenge for the school through effective strategic leadership by the Governing Body

 

 Focus 1 : Achievement of Disadvantaged Children

Background:

The school has relatively few pupils in receipt of PPG. However, it recognises that the achievement of these pupils can have a significant impact upon their future life chances.

Priorities

  • Have ambition for disadvantaged children to achieve in line with non-disadvantaged children
  • Monitor achievement of these pupils closely and adapt provision accordingly

 

Focus 2 : to further improve quality of teaching and learning in Mathematics across the school

Background:

Analysis of teaching and learning in mathematics, along with the national agenda with regard to mathematical fluency and mastery, has enabled the school to identify areas of the mathematics curriculum for development.

Priorities

  • Review and fully implement the mathematics calculation policy including the use of the bar modelling strategy
  • Promote a mastery approach to the teaching of mathematics at Manland
  • Ensure a cross-curricular approach to the teaching of mathematics at Manland

 

 

Focus 3 : to develop a coaching climate within the Senior Leadership Team

Background:

The Senior Leadership Team has prioritised its understanding and communication in relation to the school’s performance data and Ofsted’s schedule; in order that it can effectively self-evaluate the school’s performance and share this evaluation with stakeholders.

Priorities

  • Develop understanding of up to date Ofsted criteria and school performance indicators
  • Use this understanding to inform school action planning
  • Further develop fluency in articulating school’s achievement

 

Focus 4 : To review learning experiences of children and ensure they engage in a wide range of learning activities

 Background:

Significant input has been put into ensuring curriculum demands are met and that the curriculum is covered across the school. Next step is to reflect on the learning experiences that children have ensuring these are varied and engaging.

Priorities 

  • Review and further develop the repertoire of learning experiences for Manland children
  • Ensure this experience is rich and varied
  • Enable children’s enthusiasm for learning to be further enhanced resulting in higher quality outcomes

 

Focus 5 : Ensure high quality support and challenge for the school through effective strategic leadership by the Governing Body

 Background:

New Chair of Governors appointed Sept 2016 and new Headteacher to be appointed Summer Term 2017.

Priorities

  • Ensure smooth transition to new Headteacher, preserving inclusive and supportive ethos
  • Ensure school’s financial position remains robust in a challenging environment
  • Maintain a clear understanding of the considerations regarding academisation
  • Provide ongoing support and challenge to the school