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Ellen Wilkinson
Primary School

School Development

To ensure that as a school we are always striving for the best possible outcomes for our pupils, the following three year strategic development plan has been created.  This strategic plan is  reviewed at the end of every academic year as part of the school’s self-evaluation cycle and is used to inform next steps for development.

It is assumed that as the plan progresses, improvements from the previous year are maintained & embedded.

This strategic plan is complemented by the School Development Plan (SDP), a shorter term more detailed operational plan extending over the course of an academic year.

The following sets out a summary of what we wish to achieve for this year.

2019 - 2020

The Big Picture

The vision of Ellen Wilkinson Primary School is ‘Learning to Grow and Succeed Together’. This underpins all aspects of our school community.

In order to achieve our vision the school has adopted a set of core values around which school development is planned. These values are a result of consultation with all members of our school community.

To ensure that as a school we are always striving for the best possible outcomes for our pupils, a three year strategic development plan has been created.  This strategic plan is reviewed at the end of every academic year as part of the school’s self-evaluation cycle and is used to inform next steps for development. It is assumed that as the plan progresses, improvements from the previous year are maintained & embedded. The strategic plan is complemented by this School Development Plan (SDP), a shorter term more detailed operational plan extending over the course of an academic year.

Main development priorities for the year are called focus priorities. Other elements that may need to continue as they are not yet embedded or need further development are identified as background priorities.

The timeline for the plan is divided into 4 quarters throughout the year coincided to link with the school Learning Fairs. These quarters are used to track progress towards each priorities success criteria (green = on track/ahead of schedule, amber = generally on track but may lack consistency, red = not on track). This can be found in Steps to Success & Evaluation.

  • Quarter 1 ends …15/11/19
  • Quarter 2 ends …07/02/20
  • Quarter 3 ends …06/05/20
  • Quarter 4 ends …15/07/20

This is done through the agreed monitoring evidence which includes a series of quarterly reports & meetings from school leaders at all levels which are evaluated by the Head Teacher, GB Curriculum Committee and ultimately the full Governing Body.

 

Priorities & progress towards achieving them are shared with staff via school development display in the work room. It is the responsibility of all staff to support development of whole school priorities in order to ensure the best outcomes for pupils.

Key Priorities

Full curriculum redesign embedding our values continues in order to ensure clear progression across units and key stages. Curriculum facilitates greater pupil independence, resilience and enjoyment whilst ensuring children continue to meet & exceed national expectations in all key stages. Children are challenged at all levels including at greater depth. Greater reflection of local issues and life skills are also incorporated with clear global and career related opportunities. Cross transference of skills and reintroduction of big question approach forms part of the redesign. CLT restructure supports this (English, Arts, STEM & Wellbeing). The importance of reading continues to be raised (particularly higher order reading skills) and becomes a more intrinsic part of the school’s culture and expectations, phonics training is also refreshed for all staff to address any inconsistencies. The importance of vocabulary and the power that words provide, is beginning to be conveyed across all subjects. Reflection Friday is introduced to help children reflect on past and prepare for future learning. Junior Governing Body introduces working party approach to development including launching ‘EWPS Express’.

Focus Priority

Values

SLT Links

1. Clear continuity and progression in all subjects (curriculum redesign)

Successful, Inspiring, Resilience

JOA (English) SL (Wellbeing) MF (STEM) AH (Arts)

Focus Priority

Values

SLT Links

2. Effective planning provides appropriate challenge for underperforming groups

Successful, Inspiring, Resilience

JOA (English) SL (Wellbeing) MF (STEM) AH (Arts)

Focus Priority

Values

SLT Links

3. High quality outcomes

Successful, Inspiring, Resilience

JOA (English) SL (Wellbeing) MF (STEM) AH (Arts)

Focus Priority

Values

SLT Link

4. Staff development and support

Successful, Inspiring, Resilience, Heard & Cared For, Respect

JOA (English) SL (Wellbeing) MF (STEM) AH (Arts)