School Development Goals

Goal 1: Ensure good progress for all children and rapidly close the gap for all children affected by the school closure

CONTEXT – Why we have chosen this as a School Development Goal (SDG) Following the school closures, children have returned to school with different experiences of the lockdown period. We need to ensure that children reintegrate to school effectively and that their social and emotional needs are met. We will then begin to assess and address any gaps in their learning, and then move on to teach the current year’s curriculum.Autumn term

  1. Use the ‘Establishing Weeks’ to settle children back in to school, particularly those who have not been in school since March.
  2. Focus on social and emotional well-being and identify those children where there may be barriers to learning or where they need support. In EYFS, give priority to the Prime Areas and at KS1 use additional circle time/PHSE. Refer for ELSA support where significant emotional needs are identified. (Healthy Schools theme 2 and theme 5)
  3. Adapt class teaching to focus on core knowledge and skills in reading, writing and maths from the previous year group.
  4. Undertake a baseline assessment early in Autumn 1 to design an intervention and catch-up programme: • KS1 – assess and address gaps using a variety of rapid interventions to close the gap in reading, writing and maths. • EYFS – assess and address gaps in language, early reading and maths/number.
  5. Communicate effectively with parents so that they can support children to address social/emotional difficulties and identified learning gaps swiftly. (Healthy Schools theme 5)
  6. Ensure Pupil premium, Pupil premium+ and EAL children receive rapid and targeted intervention for catch up where needed and achieve expectations in Reading, Writing and Maths by the end of the academic year – also see Pupil Premium Plan

Other whole school priorities

  • Ensure our Protective Measures policy is implemented rigorously and effectively so that we maintain the safety of all staff and children.
  • Maintain our creativity and unique curriculum offer through a new whole school topic.
  • Ensure children engage in regular physical activity outside to improve fitness levels (PE lessons, ‘Daily Mile’, Outdoor learning opportunities) – see Sports Premium Action Plan (Healthy Schools theme 4)
  • Finalise our Contingency Plan for Remote Learning in ensure consistency in provision for any children forced to self-isolate and preparation for any local/national lockdown.

Further Actions in the Spring and Summer terms:

  1. Continue our developmental programme for teachers and assistant teachers in support of our culture of continuous improvements in teaching and learning.
  2. Celebrate our strengths in reading and review every aspect of what we do in line with published research by EEF.
  3. Adapt our feedback policy to maximise opportunities for children to improve their work.
  4. Build on the strengths of our current programme of targeted support and intervention by introducing a new motor skills programme in EYFS and utilising the National Tutoring Programme in KS1.
  5. Maintain our high level of parental engagement through a reading competition and parent workshop on reading at home.

Goal 2: Continue to maximise the outcomes and learning experiences for children across the wider subject areas through an inspiring curriculum which is underpinned by a focus on deepening knowledge and skills

CONTEXT – Why we have chosen this as an additional School Development Goal (SDG) We introduced our new curriculum approach in January 2018 and have established an approach in line with our E-Curriculum Intent. Despite the school closure and disruption, we have continued to provide a broad and balanced curriculum throughout and have maintained our continuous cycle of review and improvement of all subject areas. A particular focus is supporting newer teachers and governors new to role to have the right skills to ensure they can effectively evaluate outcomes in the different curriculum area so that they remain high quality so that children acquire a rich base of knowledge and skills throughout their time at the school.

  1. Introduce a further two new topics following the principles of our E-Curriculum.
  2. Adapt our teaching approach in line with research on the most effective ways to learn.
  3. Support new subject leaders so they can review their curriculum areas effectively.
  4. Prepare for changes to the Early Years Framework in 2021-22 and make adaptations in line with our curriculum approach.
  5. Ensure the wider curriculum promotes our equalities and healthy schools agenda.
  6. Further develop governance, especially for new governors, to ensure our curriculum outcomes remain strong.


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