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School Development Plan

COVID-19: The Dawnay opening plan

As we overcome the issues and problems of safely opening a school during a pandemic, we have made some necessary changes to the delivery to our normal school development plan cycle. 

We have used INSET at the start of the year, and ongoing weekly staff meeting time to ensure our curriculum offer meets DfE expectations for our school curriculum for academic year 2020 to 2021.

  1. We will deliver an ambitious and broad curriculum in all subjects from the start of the autumn term, but will  use the flexibilities of our Phase bubble organisation to create time to cover the most important missed content. We will prioritise important components for progression in the subjects we teach.  We have worked hard to develop a term plan to ensure the subjects we deliver contribute to the filling of gaps in core knowledge, for example through an emphasis on reading.

  2. We have an aim to return to the school’s normal curriculum in all subjects by summer term 2021. We have modified the autumn term to deliver a Recovery Currulum  so teaching time is structured and prioritised to address significant gaps in pupils’ knowledge.

  3. We have developed an Autumn term plan on the basis of the educational needs of pupils. Teachers are assessing pupils’ starting points and addressing the gaps in their knowledge and skills. We have the aim to share more detailed assessment information and targets  with parents by the start of the Spring term. 

  4. We are seeking feedback from parents about the quality of our home learning offer in the Summer of 2019/20. We are committed to improving our home learning offer to form an essential component in the delivery of the school curriculum for pupils in the case of a local lock down.

Recovery curriculum plan

As we welcomed the children back into school this September, our principle aim was to ensure the safety and protect the wellbeing of everyone at school so that learning can continue to be productive and fun.  We are aware that every child will have had a different experience of being in lockdown during Covid-19 and will need support as they settle back into school life.   We have factored this into our plans for the term ahead and, in keeping with Government guidelines, have produce a detailed ‘recovery curriculum’ for the Autumn term. 

Please see the school 'Curriculum' Webpage for more information.