St James'CE VA Primary School

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School Improvement


Summary of our School Improvement Plan for 2015-2016:



2015/2016 Big Rocks


  • To ensure teaching is consistently good
  • To narrow the gaps in reading, writing & maths across the whole school
  • To implement 2014 changes: curriculum, assessment, SEN,
  • To raise attainment & progress in maths and writing



To ensure teaching is consistently good

Success Criteria

All teachers are capable of teaching good lessons and data shows pupil progress is good throughout the school for all groups of learners

Quality First Teaching is evident across the school

No inadequate teaching is found

Pupils always know next steps for learning

Challenge for all evident, to include more able learners

Key Actions

Develop Growth Mindset approach

Planning reflects Big Picture, clear Learning Objectives, lessons focus on learning outcomes

Develop classrooms as learning environments

All staff understand good teaching criteria in Ofsted Framework & Teacher Standards

Monitoring programme in place

LSAs role clearly defined & focused on learning

Review, revise marking & feedback policy

Develop planning & provision for more able learners



To narrow the gaps in reading, writing & maths across the whole school

Success Criteria

Gaps between key groups significantly reduce

Provision Map in place which exemplifies quality first teaching

Appropriate & flexible differentiation allows for all children to make good progress from starting points – personalised learning evident

Improved provision and resourcing for vulnerable learners

PPG policy in place and separate action plan, leading to rapid improvement of provision & impact, with clear tracking & monitoring

Key Actions

Pupil Progress Meetings each term, focus on vulnerable learners

Pupil Premium Review, PPG plan

Tracking of key groups: PPG, SEND, More Able, slow progress

Develop clear spending plan and evaluation for PPG





To implement 2014 changes: curriculum, assessment, SEN,

Success Criteria

Draft curriculum & Local Offer/SEN policy approved & published

Curriculum policies revised & published

Implementation of Target Tracker & programme of internal & external moderation

Clear roles and responsibilities for middle leaders, along with consistent development of key paperwork

Key Actions

New curriculum drafted & evaluated

Clear expectations for assessment changes, age related expectations in place & measured

Transition to new SEND Code of Practice



To raise attainment & progress in maths and writing

Success Criteria

Quality of teaching & learning ‘good’

Purchase of new maths scheme allows for consistency in planning & coverage

Development of writing syllabus allows for more consistent approach, developing Talk for Writing & big Write approaches

Achievement for writing and maths in line with national averages

Monitoring shows that all children make at least expected progress from starting points

Clear action plans in place for maths & literacy

Key Actions

Review staff knowledge, skill, expertise & develop CPD to develop identified needs

Purchase maths scheme to ensure consistent planning and implementation – Inspire Maths, Numicon

Writing CPD & resources to develop consistency – Big Writing, Talk for Writing

Purchase synthetic phonics scheme – Read Write Inc

Improve number fluency

Close gaps in maths using Numicon as catch up, intervention resource

Raise expectations in maths and English

Greater involvement of parents in learning

Implement Target Tracker as key tool for tracking progress

 2015/2016 Little Rocks



  • Review Staffing Structure
  • Governing Body audit, development plan, training, monitoring
  • PE subject leadership
  • RWI - training, implementation
  • Attendance - raise to 96%, reduce lateness
  • Financial Audit - review policies & procedures
  • Performance Management for all staff
  • Safety, to include safeguarding & e-safety
  • Church School - ethos, SIAMS
  • Computing - subject knowledge, new curriculum
  • Parents - involvement, open days, workshops
  • EYFS - provision, learning environment, communication friendly space
  • RE - scheme of work, subject knowledge
  • Review statutory policies
  • Business Management - planning, ICT infrastructure, 2-tier
  • Behaviour & safety - review policy, workshops for bullying, Friendship Week
  • Pupil Governors (school council)
  • Website - ensure meets statutory requirements, develop to meet needs of community