Our school goal is to create a positive learning environment in which everyone is encouraged to reach their full potential; being responsible, independent, aspirational and happy.
At Water Leys, we are always working to improve various aspects of teaching and learning. This year, our main improvement priorities are:
|2017/18 Core Targets|
Key Area 1: To improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment
- Assessment – To develop, introduce and embed a whole school testing system that will integrate into the school’s current assessment arrangements.
- Maths – To improve the teaching of mathematics across the school ensuring a rapid improvement in pupils fluency skills.
- Teaching and learning – continue to develop Assessment for Learning across the school to ensure that pupils are appropriately challenged and supported.
- Reading for pleasure – Look at ways of further developing and promoting this across the school.
- To ensure that pupils are given the opportunity to develop reading, writing, maths and communication skills in all areas of the curriculum.
- To further develop parental engagement sessions to develop their confidence in supporting their child at home.
- To consider the implications of the Y4 multiplication tables test to be introduced in 2019. How are we ensuring that pupils are fully prepared for this?
Key Area 2: To improve pupil outcomes by raising standards and improving progress
- To maintain the percentage of pupils passing the year 1 Phonics test to ensure that this is at least in line with National.
- To ensure that the high standards at key Stage 1 are maintained for all groups.
- To rapidly accelerate progress and attainment of all groups in Key Stage 2 to ensure that the percentage of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing, maths and GPS are in line with those nationally.
- To ensure that the percentage of pupils exceeding the expected standards in KS2 increases from 2017 towards National.
- To narrow the progress and achievement gaps for disadvantaged pupils.
- To ensure that SEND pupils continue to meet their personalised targets and that progress gaps between SEND pupils and non-SEND pupils narrow.
Key Area 3: To develop the leadership and management of the school
- To ensure that the new testing system is used to accurately track the detailed progress of pupils and that half-termly pupil progress meetings rigorously hold teachers to account for the progress of individual pupils and groups of pupils throughout the school.
- To improve and increase parental engagement opportunities for parents through maths calculation methods and reciprocal reading sessions for all year groups.
- To review the school’s curriculum to ensure that it remains broad and balanced, allowing pupils to acquire knowledge and develop subject specific skills.
- To continue to review the effectiveness of the governing body, developing a new approach to strategic planning.
Key Area 4: To improve the personal development, behaviour and welfare of pupils
- To continue to develop pupils’ understanding of British Values, particularly through off site visits, visitors to school, the school council and links with other schools.
- To further develop pupils’ confidence, resilience and positive attitudes towards their learning through the development of a growth mindset.
- Attendance – to continue to closely monitor attendance of all groups and to narrow the gaps in attendance between pupil premium and non-pupil premium pupils.
- Sports Premium – To further increase the number of pupils participating in school clubs, intra-school and inter-school competitions. Work towards attaining the PE/Active Mark.
- To ensure that pupils develop a good understanding of how to keep themselves healthy. They will have a good understanding of healthy relationships and can confidently explain how to stay safe online and the dangers of inappropriate use of mobile technology and social networking sites.
Key Area 5: Early Years
- To accelerate progress of all groups to ensure that the percentage of pupils making a good level of development is in line with national figures.
- To accelerate the physical development of children in all groups to ensure that it is line with local and national levels.
- To ensure that all pupils are reading for pleasure during their Reception year and have an avid interest in reading and the joy of books.
- To enhance the outdoor learning area to ensure that it provides provision for literacy and maths development.
- To develop closer links with Poplars Pre-School, developing common assessment procedures and moderation.