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Northgate Primary School Improvement Development Plan 2019-20

Ofsted Framework

Area

Success criteria

Key Actions/Outcomes Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term

Leadership and Management

Partnership working

·        WVAT Reviews have consistently Good outcomes

·        Northgate leadership has contributed to reviews of other schools in WVAT

·        LH will contribute to a Secondary school review in the spring term. Northgate Primary will have its first review on Outcomes in the spring term.

·        First Review on Outcomes has been undertaken – result was RI, which was as expected

·        LH has contributed to a disciplinary investigation for WVAT in another school

Leadership and Management

Pupil Premium

·        The impact of pupil premium spending is evaluated more closely, so that support can be more precisely focused on further diminishing the difference between disadvantaged pupils and other pupils nationally (Ofsted focus)

·        Data analysis shows that there are positive outcomes for pupils on PP compared with all schools nationally

·        Focus on PP children continues to show improvement

Behaviour and Attitudes

Leadership and Management

Attendance

·        Attendance is no longer in the bottom 10% for pupils nationally (Ofsted focus)

·        Attendance increases to over 94.7%

·        Reduced numbers of pupils are persistently absent (lower than 9.48%  or 39 pupils below 85%)

·        New attendance procedures have been started during the autumn term and letters will be sent routinely to all parents under 92%. Support panels and Fast Track have taken place

·        Attendance is good within the cluster with Northgate out performing other schools

·        Concerns are continually addressed and school is being supported by Nigel Shaddick

Behaviour and Attitudes

Leadership and Management

Online safety

·        Pupils and parents continue to be aware of the basic principles of online safety and there are no issues with pupils behaving irresponsibly online

·        Parents are routinely informed of online safety and how they can keep their children safe

·        Meet the teacher events included online safety video presentations to parents (September 2019)

·        Individual meetings have been held with parents of Year 6 pupils in regard to inappropriate material being posted online. LH has held a Key Stage 2 Assembly designed to address this and work is continuing in classrooms.

·        Online Safety Assemblies scheduled for later in the term

Personal Development

Leadership and Management

CPD

·        Staff are reflective and undertake appropriate training to develop their knowledge and skills showing a positive impact on teaching across the school

·        Teachers consistently set high expectations for all pupils to present their work to a good standard and to focus on personal presentation, courtesy and kindness

·        Courses have been booked and a new Maths project started for new teachers

·        The SENCO qualification has been started by the two new SENCOs.

·        Scrutiny of work is scheduled for Staff Inset to check on presentation.

·        Children are regularly reminded about appropriate personal presentation

·        NQTs routinely accessing training courses

·        History co-ordinators course has been attended

·        High standard of presentation in books has been observed and staff continuously reinforce the personal presentation messages

Personal Development

Leadership and Management

Child well-being and mental health

·        School continues to focus on the priorities of a nurturing environment, ensuring that the needs of vulnerable children are met effectively

·        Impact of new provisions (art therapy, mindfulness, KS2 nurture) for emotional support are evaluated and monitored for maximum coverage and cost effectiveness

·        Well-being award has been purcheased and a launch date will be forthcoming

·        Well-Being award has begun with questionnaires undertaken by parents

·        Staff and children quesrionnaires will be undertaken 16 to 20 March

·        A visit from an assessor is planned for May

Quality of Education

Leadership and Management

Attainment

·        Outcomes for Year 6 pupils rises to above 30% R/W/M combined at the end of KS2

·        Outcomes for Year 2 are consistent across the classes and average above 60% at or above expected in KS1

·        Teachers continue to use the assessment system that enables sufficient tracking to check progress but does not contribute to excess workload

·        Targets in attainment and progress are met

·        The curriculum provides a rich arena for learning and multiple opportunites to focus on developing understanding across all subjects

·        FFT predictions have been discussed by Year 6 staff

·        Year 2 staff are working on implementing interventions to improve

·        Teachers continue to assess progress in line with current targets.

·        Lesson observations show that comprehension skills are being targeted throughout the school

·        Curriculum Review project has begun

·        Work on continuous curriculum improvement planned for the coming two terms

Quality of Education

Reading

·        To focus on whole school improvement in reading and comprehension skills, thereby contributing to end of year achievements. (Year 2 SATs, Years 3, 4 + 5 NFER, Year 6 SATs)

·        To continue to achieve well in Year 1 Phonics screening (88% 2018/19)

·        Performance Management whole school target

·        Observations planned to begin in spring term

·        “Mock” SATs show improvement in reading comprehension in Year 6

·        NFER will not be going ahead as teachers will use PIXl

Personal Development

Leadership and Management

Environment

·        There is a significant reduction in the use of paper and plastic within school

·        Eco- council take a lead role in recycling

·        School lunches strive to be “plastic free” by the end of the year

·        School will purchase the mini-bus currently on lease

·        Eco council continue to monitor the waste.

·        Eco council due to present to WVAT board of trustees in December

·        Mini-bus has been purchased and will be refurbished with school logo

Quality of Education

Special Needs

·        To consolidate and validate the outstanding provision currently provided in our Learning Support Units

·        To ensure the continuous high expectations of progress for children with SEN targets

·        Ongoing progress

·        SEN Forums being held for parents each term

·        Children in Rockets and Crickets classes show continuous improvement, data will be gathered to inform sustainability of current places

Leadership and Management

EYFS

·        EYFS provision continues to meet the needs of our pupils, contributing to a rise in ELG to above 55%

·        Extra support in EYFS is used effectively to manage the very high level of need this year

·        Extra support has been allocated, changes in staffing in EYFS to be implemented in spring 2020

·        Changes in provision across EYFS have had a positive effect in progress and behaviour

·        EYFS is managing to accommodate very high level need child on a 2 hours per day timetable

·        Over subscribed by 62 children for September 2020

Summer 2020 – Owing to COVID-19 the school has been closed as a learning establishment since 23.03 20, Online learning and packs for children have been available to all. There has been limited take-up of the offers of work and tracking children’s participation is difficult owing to a lack of email information for all families.

School has been open as a childcare facility since March 23rd 2020. Childcare has been offered to children of Key Workers and vulnerable children (children with a social worker). This provision was offered throughout the Easter holiday and up to 21 children have been using this provision.

According to Government guidance the school opened more widely early in June with schooling being offered to Nursery, Year 6, Reception and Year 1 children throughout June. Numbers have been very low with Year 6 having the highest number of students attending at 26 out of a possible 58 (45%).

In other year groups there have been as few as 7 on some days and up to 16 on others.

During July we are focusing on offering transition opportunities so that every child in the school has the chance to meet their new teacher for September and spend time in their new classroom.

The SMT have been prioritising a comprehensive Risk Assessment and staffing structure to address all aspects of the Government guidance for the full reopening of school in September.

At the time of writing these documents are in the consultation process with representatives from the Trade Unions.

It is expected that the final versions will be available for all staff on the two extra PD Days at the end of term – negotiated with the backing of WVAT.

Considering the limited opportunities to fully implement many aspects of this plan it is proposed that it be carried over, in a slightly modified form to 2020-21.

The modification will need to be the focus on Health and Safety, Staff and Pupil well-being and aspects of mental health, some of which have had limited opportunities for the full impact to take effect in 2019-20.

Northgate Primary School Improvement Development Plan 2018-19

Ofsted Framework

Area

Success criteria

Key Actions/Outcomes Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term

Leadership and Management

Develop Governors’ knowledge and skills

·        Governors are able to contribute to raising standards by understanding the curriculum and being actively involved with teaching and learning

·        Governors presented with curriculum leads and Year group leaders end of year reports

·        Regular governor visits where they are encouraged to look at displays and see examples of children’s work

Leadership and Management

Pupil Premium

·        The impact of pupil premium spending is evaluated more closely, so that support can be more precisely focused on further diminishing the difference between disadvantaged pupils and other pupils nationally

·        Data gathered for PP children and Pupil Progress meetings focus on maintaining progress

·        End of year focus on outcomes for PP children to check that the gap has closed

Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare (PDBW)

Leadership and Management

Attendance

·        Attendance is no longer in the bottom 10% for pupils nationally

·        Attendance increases to over 94.7%

·        Reduced numbers of pupils are persistently absent (lower than 17% or 61pupils at below 90% attendance)

·        Systems being actioned for letters to challenge attendance – FPN issued. Holiday requeste granted in exceptional circumstances only

·        On track to meet target of over 94.7% (above 95%)

·        PA pupils addressed via support panels and Governor intervention

·        Target not quite met – 94.5% May 2019.

·        Persistent absence has improved at 85% to 24 children, 5.8% and improved at 90% with 35 children and 8.5%

PDBW

Leadership and Management

Online safety

·        Pupils and parents are aware of the basic principles of online safety

·        There are no issues with older pupils behaving irresponsibly online

·        Pupil voice surveys show that pupils know how to keep safe

·        Whole school Internet Safety day February 2019

·        Online Safety package changed from Gooseberry Planet to Internet Legend.

·        Safety Bubbles performed to children

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Leadership and Management

CPD

·        Teaching continues to be excellent

·        Staff are reflective and undertake appropriate training to develop their knowledge and skills

·        Training has had a positive impact on teaching across the school

·        Teachers consistently set high expectations for all pupils to present their work to a good standard

·        Monitoring shows subject knowledge continues to grow. Planning accurately reflects progress. Work scrutiny flags up gaps in NQT classes x2. NQT management requires resignation of NQT1 before Christmas, Action plan for NQT2 reflects need to improve.

·        Continuous monitoring of NQT2 requires resignation before Easter 2019. Standards continue to improve in presentation.

·        NQT3 on target for Good Progress in all areas – agreed to take up a permanent post in school.

Outcomes for Children

Leadership and Management

Wider curriculum

·        Strong subject leadership ensures that all subjects are taught to a high standard

·        Each subject has a high profile within the school

·        Subject leaders prepare overview ready for end of year

·        Subject leaders monitor T&L across the school

·        New SENCOs appointed

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Leadership and Management

Assessment

·        The school has an assessment system that enables governors to interrogate data, track pupils and identify the next steps in learning

·        Targets in attainment and progress are met

·        All pupils are provided with sufficient challenge to anable them to make the most possible progress

·        Progress data presented to governors

·        Targets met and interventions provided to ensure maximum progress

·        Monitoring of teaching focus on challenge for all

·        Extra governor meeting to share data at end of July 2019

Outcomes for Children

Leadership and Management

Other initiatives

·        School continues to focus on the priorities of a nurturing environment, ensuring that the needs of vulnerable children are met effectively

·        Ongoing

·        Nurture continues as high focus in SEN classes

·        Rockets Class full time for summer term

Outcomes for Children

Leadership and Management

Environment

·        There is a significant reduction in the use of paper and plastic within school

·        Renewable energy and recycling are high priority in school

·        New recycling bins organised

·        Solar panels ordered for reduction in electricity costs

·        Plastic free initiative started, ready to become much stronger next year

Effectiveness of Early Years

Leadership and Management

EYFS

·        Governors are fully aware of the strengths and development areas of the EYFS

·        EYFS provision continues to meet the needs of our pupils, contributing to a rise in ELG to above 55%

·        EYFS Lead continues as County Moderator

·        EYFS Lead provides CPD for WVAT school

·        Nursery refurbished and equipment renewed

·        Manager promotes Nursery in the local community leading to capacity take-up of Nursery places

·        Interventions having a high impact on progress in EYFS

·        EYFS GLD has risen to 60%