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School Priorities 2017 to 2018

Our school priorities rest primarily in raising attainment and securing outstanding progress of 
all children in all areas of the curriculum. We must also focus on the well-being and safety of 
our children in a challenging world. This will be a year of transition for the school, with both the
change in leadership and the final year of our additional class and higher number on roll. These 
changes will necessitate consideration of the school management structure as well as pertinent
physical aspects of the school.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

• To ensure all learning is appropriately challenging and matched to the needs of all groups and

 • To improve the teaching of maths across the school ensuring rigorous application of maths in 
problem solving questions and secure independent learning

 • To ensure the accuracy and positive impact of assessment – both formative and summative – 
and ensure that data from Pupil Tracker (based on teacher assessment) and results of Rising 
Stars Tests are used consistently to improve learning outcomes

 • To secure improved standards in reading comprehension at all levels across the school through
LILAC approaches and the use of Letters and Sounds within the learning of phonics

• To embed literacy within all areas of the curriculum including our Learning Challenges and 

• To improve writing such that children demonstrate mastery across a range of genres and 

• To improve questioning skills and encourage deeper thought in order to ensure mastery of the 
curriculum is demonstrated

• To improve the use of grammar, punctuation, spelling and handwriting across the school – 
rigorous application and high expectations

 • In all the above to support the learning of EAL and advanced bilingual children across the
school and those who require support in the use of English in order to close the gap in 

 • To enable all children to apply the key skills of phonics and reading across the curriculum to 
support grammar and spelling and reading at greater depth (Ofsted Next Step)

Pupil Outcomes

• To ensure all children can articulate their targets purposefully and use feedback to improve 
their learning

• To ensure consistency across the school in feedback and marking

• To ensure boys in Reception do as well as girls in Reception 

• To increase the progress of Middle Attaining children across the school 

• To close the gap in attainment of Pupil Premium children and other children 

• To ensure a higher proportion of children in EYFS and KS1 achieve greater depth in reading
(Ofsted Next Step)

Behaviour, Safety and Welfare

• To embed Building Learning Power (resilience, reflectiveness, resourcefulness, reciprocity) to 
develop the life-skills children require in a demanding world 

• To enable children to manage distractions and to develop a strong work ethic in order to meet
new expectations

• To ensure consistency in the application of our Behaviour Policy and Code of Conduct 

• To ensure positive, safe and professional, uncluttered learning environments 

• To ensure all staff are trained in safeguarding, including e-safety and radicalisation and 
recognise and act on concerns 

• To provide appropriate professional advice and support for children’s mental as well as 
physical well-being

Leadership and Management

 • To ensure Quality First teaching for the benefit of all children, especially Pupil Premium
and EAL children and other disadvantaged children

• To ensure a smooth transition and appropriate structure for a new leadership team

• To improve teaching and learning within the EYFS to ensure the best possible start for 
every child

• To support staff in the higher expectations within Primary Education and staff accountability

• To monitor systems to promote a healthier work-life balance for teachers at all levels and to 
prevent overload, whilst maintaining rigour and accountability

• To ensure the most productive use of assessment to meet the demands of the curriculum and 
higher expectations

• To ensure Learning Assistants deliver effective intervention programmes and/or classroom 
support in core subjects impacting positively on pupil progress – especially Pupil Premium and 
other disadvantaged children

• To support staff in embarking on higher level training to improve their performance, insight
and capability as teachers or support staff

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural

• To nurture children’s spirituality through high quality RE and Worship

• To continue to embed Values Education, strengthening the link between values and reverence 
and remaining aware of our duty to promote British Values

• To further develop BLP through assemblies (collective worship), staff CPD, children and 
parental engagement

• To embrace Cultural Identity and Global Citizenship within our learning, preparing children to 
be global citizens
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