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 Rapid Action Plan. 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:

1) Ensuring the quality of teaching and learning to secure better outcomes for pupils by ensuring that: – teachers using information about pupils’ starting points to plan learning that builds on what pupils already know.

2) Staff have high expectations of what pupils can achieve, especially the most able pupils, and pupils are given opportunities to demonstrate their understanding by applying it in various contexts .

3) Leaders identify and share the good practice that exists across the school and the Trust.

4) Improve the quality of leadership and management by: – ensuring that leaders at all levels evaluate improvements to the school by the impact on pupils’ progress and attainment.

5) Developing the curriculum to improve pupils’ achievement in a range of subjects.

6) Improve relationships between staff and parents, so all stakeholders understand the responsibilities of leaders, feel they are listened to and have a positive role to play in raising standards in the school.

 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 terms to reach a final outcome. Below is a summary of what we are doing.

1) Quality of teaching and learning and starting points

  Our aim is to ensure that there is consistency and stability in the teaching and learning across the school. This is vital to move the school forwards.

We have several new members of staff this year and we will be using Trust support to ensure that we are teaching high quality lessons and making the most of their skills.

 In July 2019 we worked hard to rigorously assess the children to ensure that we have a clear idea of where the children are. We are using this to make sure all children make at least good progress and identify those children who need to focus on making accelerated progress in the year.

2) High expectations

 Termly pupil progress meetings ensure that staff and leaders are aware of where each child is and where they are targeted. These discussions include senior leaders and our SEnco to ensure teachers are supported.

 If necessary, resources from the wider Trust are sought through our school improvement advisors.

3) Leaders identify and share the good practice that exists across the school and the Trust.

 Throughout the Trust we have a large range of expertise. School leaders will be working alongside these people to ensure that the school is making rapid progress towards good.

 This will mean you will see a variety of different faces around the school.

4) Improve the quality of leadership and management by: – ensuring that leaders at all levels evaluate improvements to the school by the impact on pupils’ progress and attainment.

The school senior leaders will be working alongside experienced leaders both inside and outside the Trust to ensure that the leadership of the school is consistent and stable.

The current Headteacher is an experienced Head who knows the school well and has rapidly improved schools in her career.

5) Developing the curriculum to improve pupils’ achievement in a range of subjects.

 Following the significant work with the children and staff in the Summer Term 2019 Lynsted now has its new curriculum. It is based on what the children want to learn and is question led.

 Staff will be assessing the children’s knowledge at the start of each topic and will plan to address all of their questions over the term.

 There will be increased opportunities to use the excellent outdoor provision and communicate our learning with parents.

6) Improve relationships between staff and parents, so all stakeholders understand the responsibilities of leaders, feel they are listened to and have a positive role to play in raising standards in the school.

 The school is working towards increasingly involving parents in their children’s learning. We will be starting a PTFA and ensuring parent voice is heard.

 We will have increased opportunities for parents to come into school and see the learning that is going on in the classrooms and watch assemblies.

General

 Alongside all of this we will continue the work we started in the summer terms of 2019. We will renew our focus on developing the school environment. Currently we are re decorating the areas of the school that look tired and ensuring all displays are relevant to our children.

 We are also continuing to monitor and ensure that children are able to learn in the classroom and are not distracted by any other children’s behavior.

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.