In 2016/17 the Trust have worked together on two key priorities, Reading and Communication. A detailed action place is in place, monitored regularly by the Trust Consultant and reviewed by the Trust Board.
Reading - to improve attainment in reading
Children make accelerated progress in Reception class towards the Early Learning Goal in Reading.
Reading outcomes at KS1 & KS2 show improvements from the previous year.
A greater % of pupils reach end of year expectations in reading in all year groups.
Progress data from KS1 – KS2 at least in line with national levels.
An increase in % of children meeting end of year expectations in reading in each year group.
An increase in children’s fluency and stamina in reading.
An increase in parental involvement in reading.
Communication - to raise overall attainment and levels of progress by improving pupil’s communication and spoken language skills.
Children make accelerated progress in Reception class towards the early learning goals in the Communication and Language (Listening and attention, Understanding and Speaking) strands.
Children in years 1-6 make rapid progress (January to July) towards meeting age related expectations in spoken language.
Staff confidence and expertise in developing communication skills is significantly improved. Impact evident in high quality verbal interactions in the classroom.
All physical classroom environments promote language development and communication.
Pupil confidence in the use of spoken language is improved through projects such as the Debating project and Drama programme.
Consistency of approach in improving communication skills evident across all schools.
In 2015/2016 the decision was made to have one key area for school improvement. A significant amount of time and money has been invested in this area of focus to ensure impact.
Our priority is Communication – To raise overall attainment and levels of progress by improving pupils communication and spoken language skills. A detailed action plan is place, and is monitored regularly by the Trust consultant.
We have written and published a detailed document that provides a clear framework for teaching and assessing spoken language in each year group.
Each school has two Lead Communication practitioners who are being trained to ensure that we all achieve the Elkan Communication Friendly status by the end of the year.
Previous School Improvement priorities
In 2014/2015 there were three main areas of focus:
Improving Speech and Language skills
Ensuring consistently good and outstanding teaching and learning
Assessment without levels
As a Trust in 2013/14 we worked on four priorities to improve our schools and raise standards:
Ensuring consistently good and outstanding teaching
Increasing rates of attendance
Improving progression in Maths at Level 3
Improving speech and language skills