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School Improvement Priorities

School Improvement Priorities 2020-21

Ofsted Priorities (November 2017):

Leaders and Governors should ensure that:

  1. Teaching and learning in the Early Years are more sharply focussed to enable pupils, particularly boys, to achieve at least age-expected standards in reading and writing.
  2. More pupils work at a greater depth and achieve the higher standard of attainment by ages seven and eleven.
  3. The leadership roles of middle and senior leaders are developed so that teaching and learning flourish across all areas of the curriculum.

Priority 1: Learning

Intent –

Every child will experience a broad and balanced curriculum underpinned by high quality texts that inspires them to learn

Implementation –

  • Ensure Reading underpins all aspects of the curriculum.
  • Improve handwriting, spelling and grammar through a whole school approach.
  • Improve use of formative assessment within the classroom.
  • Develop our remote & home learning.
  • Implement the new RSE curriculum.
  • Provide experiences that hook the children into their learning.
  • Maximise use of all learning spaces including the outdoor learning opportunities.
  • Progress outcomes for all children with focus on EY/Y6/PPG & SEN.

Impact –

  • Children have a broad range of experiences and will achieve in line or better than national at all stages. Every child will have an age appropriate fluency and love of reading.

Priority 2: Wellbeing

Intent –

Every child and adult will be supported with the challenges caused by COVID – 19

Implementation –

  • Introduce Zones of Regulation to enhance emotional intelligence.
  • Create opportunities for whole school projects to rebuild the school community
  • Celebrate diversity.
  • Work with Friends of Highwood to increase parental engagement.
  • Focus on mental health.
  • Ensure marking is purposeful and does not overload workload.

Impact –

  • Children and staff will be happy in school and children will be emotionally ready for learning.

Priority 3: Leadership

Intent –

Leadership at all levels will have a direct impact on the outcomes for the children

Implementation –

  • Develop the role of Middle Leaders
  • Develop a consensus on what the learning sequence (knowledge and skills) for each subject looks like
  • Staff & Pupil Voice developed
  • Continually improve communication across the school community
  • To understand the stages of building a team and play to the combined strengths of of the staff.
  • Coaching/mentoring/partnerships with other schools ensures teaching is at least good.

Impact –

  • Outcomes across the school will improve as a result of effective support from middle and senior leaders.