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School Development Plan

Overview of the 2019/20 School Development Plan

We are pleased to share a summary of the school development plan for the year ahead. For 2019/20 we have aligned the school’s strands of improvement to reference Ofsted’s revised inspection criteria.

Strand 1: Deliver an engaging curriculum with high expectations for all

Our overarching focus is to improve the intent, implementation and impact of our whole curriculum offer. To do this, our first step is to ensure we consistently deliver good or better teaching in all classes , thus addressing any remaining areas of development that were identified in our February 2019 Ofsted report.

Secondly, our middle leaders will be reviewing the depth and quality of our curriculum to ensure everything we offer is high quality and engaging. We are excited to have already started working on improving our whole school reading curriculum; by purchasing new reading scheme books, and investing in our library provision to ensure books match our updated curriculum topics. In the spring we aim to review our computing curriculum and start investing in modern IT resources.

Strand 2: Delivering a new whole school behaviour policy with improved systems for rewards and sanctions

During our September INSET training, the leadership team and staff team identified that the school rules needed a refresh to ensure they were fit for purpose for the school.  As a staff team, we have already revised the school rules and Behaviour policy. We now are underway implementing the new policy with new systems for praising, rewarding and dealing with consequences for when rules get broken. If you would like to know more about the behaviour policy, please check the policy section of the school web site.

Strand 3: Developing our Inclusion offer to ensure all pupil groups thrive at school

With a new Inclusion Leader in post, we seized the opportunity to review our inclusion offer across the school. We have invested in the Thrive Approach to provide our staff with a powerful way of working with the children to support their optimal social and emotional development. The first step is to train key members of our staff team in the Thrive Approach. Once trained, our ‘experts’ will lead the development of our teaching approaches and school environment to enable us to offer the best opportunities for pupils personal development.

Strand 4: Embed the roles and responsibilities of all layers of our leadership team

We are hard at work developing our new staff team and middle leaders to embed the school improvements that were started last academic year. This year we are focussing on developing all layers of leadership to ensure they are focussed on raising standards in their area of responsibility. 

Additional Strand 5: Strengthen the transition arrangements between the Early Years and KS1 and beyond.  

We consider our Early Years as a strength at the school. However we recognise the good start they make at The Dawnay must continue through the school. This year, our Infant team are  developing their shared best practice within the phase,  so that all pupils gain a  firm foundation of skills and knowledge that can be built upon as they pass through the school. 

Wider school development planning for 2019/20

The strands identified above are focused on improving educational outcomes. However, school leaders are also committed to longer term sustainability projects to balance the pressures created by a reduced school budget. These projects include successfully marketing the school to increase pupil numbers, modernising our school site, facilities and learning environments, and continuing the exploration of academisation.