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School Development 2020/21

At Newby we regularly evaluate provision, looking at our strengths and weaknesses. Having collated this information into our 'School Evaluation' we then look at how to develop. These developments are always underpinned by research. We strongly believe all staff should have an understanding of 'why' before looking at 'how' or 'what' we will be developing. 

Our School Development process can be summarised under three headings. The first is 'Improvement Priorities'; generally we have three to five of these priorities which we focus on each year. They form the basis of much of our Staff meeting and professional development input. They may also form part of the appraisal objectives for staff. The second is 'Embedding Priorities' - these are often brought forwards from previous years. We believe it is important to ensure that improvements are embedded and that additional training continues where necessary. The third is 'Exploring Priorities' - these priorities outline the things leaders are 'exploring'. This work does not generally affect staff outside of the leadership team but is intended to form part of future school development. 

Our current priorities can be seen here. For more details you may wish to read our Evaluation and Development plan below. 

Improvement Priorities 2020/21

  • All staff have a secure pedagogical understanding of ‘how’ to teach the full curriculum through a sustained shared thinking approach and with a focus on strategies that support explaining and modelling.
  • All staff have an excellent pedagogical and pedagogical subject knowledge in Art, Music and Science.
  • All staff work towards creating a ‘Reading Community’ which builds on developments made last year, ensuring reading is fully embedded in the wider and extended curriculum.
  • Improve Pupil attitudes to learning so that all pupils are highly committed.

Embedding Priorities 2020/21

  • Staff development in Rosenshine’s principles of instruction is fully embedded in to classroom practice.
  • Gains made in Reading practice, and the subsequent outcomes, continue to be embedded.
  • Newly developed Curriculum planning is reviewed and developed at regular intervals across the school year.
  • Newly formed Inclusion Team continue to develop practice which informs and improves both academic and non-academic (e.g. Attendance) outcomes for Pupils.

Exploring Priorities 2020/21

  • DT and Computing curriculums should be developed so that:
  1. Subject leaders have secure knowledge of the subject, enough to support other staff
  2. Curriculum progression is ambitious and achievable
  3. Subject leaders have an awareness of the technologies available to support the teaching of these subjects
  • The development of ‘Beautiful Work’ as a strategy aligned with Ron Berger’s ‘Ethic of Excellence’ will be explored and a whole school approach developed.
  • Explore and begin to develop assessment strategies for the foundation subjects.
  • Explore ways to develop the Key Stage Two Classroom environment so that they allow for more independence and self-directed learning.
  • Develop an approach to the provision for Mental Health within school.
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