The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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School Development

This page outlines our School Improvement Plan or SIP for 2018-2019. This is where we, as a school, identify how we will continue to develop the school and set ourselves targets to get there.

This year we have 6 main areas we are developing in particular.

They are:

  • To ensure that leaders at all levels have a deep and accurate picture of the school’s performance
  • 100% teaching is good or better, with increasing evidence of outstanding features and teaching.
  • Pupils take responsibility for their own progress and safety in lessons and around school site
  • To increase the proportion of pupils who make more than expected progress,
  • In Reception all children make at least typical, progress and an increased % make accelerated progress in Maths.
  • Writing is embedded across the Curriculum and children have ownership of their learning.

 These are then broken down in separate tasks and actions which will lead to us improving the school.

What can we expect to see?

Each area will have many small tasks that build up over the year to reach a final outcome. Below is a summary of what we are doing.

 1) To ensure that leaders at all levels have a deep and accurate picture of the school’s performance

We want to develop a stable leadership structure within the school to move the school forwards.

We will be supporting and training our staff, with support from the Village Academy (VA) Trust to ensure that the children in our care make at least strong progress. This means we need to be skilled in data analysis, the ability to communicate and know a variety of strategies to move the school forwards.

This year we are focussing on middle leaders, those in charge of subjects or areas, such as English, Maths, Additional needs or Pupil Premium. We will be investing in our leads and ensuring they have a positive impact.

We are also looking to develop our Academy council who act as our challenge to the senior leaders.

2) 100% teaching is good or better, with increasing evidence of outstanding features and teaching.

We are re-introducing our ‘non negotiable’ standards within the classroom. So that all children get consistently good teaching.

We are increasing our rigor of monitoring and assessment to ensure all our staff are having a positive impact on your child’s learning.

We aim to provide increased stability in staffing.

We are introducing and embedding our curriculum in school which has been tailored specifically to our children’s needs.

We are aiming to use the VA Trust’ learning leads to develop our staff to enhance the children’s learning.

3) Pupils take responsibility for their own progress and safety in lessons and around school site

We aim to ensure that the standards met by the vast majority of children, are set for all. That all children exhibit good behaviour for learning within the classroom and that poor behaviour will be dealt with appropriately and swiftly.

We aim to eradicate the historic perception of poor behaviour, through clear expectations of our children and clear boundaries.

We aim to reduce the minority who have persistent absence or lateness by tightening our procedures. Absence leads to gaps in learning which are then very hard to fill.

We also aim to focus on online safety, ensuring our children know how to keep themselves safe when using computers IPads, phones etc.

4) To increase the proportion of pupils who make more than expected progress

With our focus on good and outstanding teaching, the children should be making strong progress in the classroom. This will enable us to achieve aspirational targets set.

We are particularly focusing on our middle attainers and making sure that they remain working at the expected level for their age.

Teachers will be accountable for the progress of the children and those children who have fallen behind or those who are just on the cusp of achieving their next level have been identified and will be tracked at all levels throughout the year.

5) All children in Reception make at least typical, progress and an increased % make accelerated progress in Maths.

We aim to build on the good practice that is already occurring in our Reception class.

We will ensure that the good communication that already happens in Reception enables us to share with you all the learning taking place in school.

We aim to further develop our outside area, especially in maths.

6) Writing is embedded across the Curriculum and children have ownership of their learning.

We want to ensure the good work we see in the children’s English books is reflected in all the areas where they write.

We want to be confident that children are using the same level of punctuation, spelling and presentation in all subjects and not just on focussed writing tasks. Practice makes perfect.

 We hope that you find this useful and informative. If you have any further suggestions or questions please contact me.

Miss H StevensHeadteacher

Tel: 01795 521362

E-mail: H.Stevens@villageacademy.co.uk

Website: www.lynsted-norton.kent.sch.uk