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St John The Baptist Catholic Primary School

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School Development Plan

St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School

What is the school doing to improve outcomes for our children?

A Parents’ Guide to our School Development Plan 2020/2021

Our school’s performance is assessed under 5 headings

  • RE, Collective Worship and the Catholic Life of the School
  • Quality of Education
  • Behaviour and Attitudes
  • Personal Development
  • Leadership and Management

We constantly evaluate how well we are doing in these areas and collect evidence from all stakeholders. We gather information through our monitoring and evaluation, questionnaires and review our SDP at several points through the year. The governors are responsible for agreeing the priorities and ensuring that each plan is implemented.

What are our priorities?

RE and the Catholic Life of the School

We are working to:

  • Ensure that our RE curriculum reflects the correct pitch and level of challenge as it progresses through the school
  • To ensure high quality collective worship opportunities, whether in 'class bubbles' or through prayer services, assemblies, hymn practice and Masses.
  • Embed Godly Play across the whole school to deepen children’s understanding of scripture and broaden their religious vocabulary.
  • Pupils to learn a broader range of traditional prayers.
  • Introduce ‘Ten Ten’ resources to further enhance collective worship and RSHE.

Quality of Education

  • To construct a curriculum that is ambitious and designed to give all pupils, particularly disadvantaged and SEND, the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.
  • Ensure the school has clear plans for remote learning, teachers are adequately trained and supported; resources are in place and all children have access to the technology needed at home.
  • Screen children in EY for speech and language competency from the outset to ensure barriers to learning are removed as quickly as possible.
  • Develop improved sight vocabulary by introducing word boxes in EY/ KS1
  • Improve assessment systems for all subjects to check pupils’ understanding, identify misconceptions accurately and provide clear and direct feedback.
  • Ensure work given to pupils is demanding, and matches the aims of the curriculum in being coherently planned and sequenced to ensure cumulatively sufficient knowledge is stored in long term memory.
  • Ensure a rigorous and sequential approach to the teaching of reading is in embedded. Linking reading in EY and KS1 more closely to phonics phases.
  • Ensure that our reading curriculum develops pupils’ fluency, confidence and enjoyment in reading.
  • Teachers ensure that their own speaking, listening, writing and reading of English support pupils in developing their language and vocabulary well.
  • Develop our teaching of oracy and ensure this is a focus throughout the year.

Behaviour and Attitudes

  • Fully implement our new Behaviour Regulation Policy
  • Ensure the setting of clear routines and expectations for the behaviour of pupils across all aspects of school life, not just in the classroom.
  • Continue a strong focus on attendance and punctuality so that disruption to learning is minimised.
  • Develop more motivated and positive attitudes to learning – Kagan/ Project 21.
  • Ensure pupils take pride in their learning and achievements, know how to study effectively and are resilient to setbacks - continued focus on metacognition.
  • Monitor the behaviour and attendance of pupils with particular needs to diminish any negative impact on learning.

Personal Development

  • Develop pupils’ character education, linking to our Catholic Virtues, and through the teaching of SMSVC so that they behave with integrity and cooperate consistently well with others.
  • Develop pupils’ confidence, resilience and knowledge so that they can keep themselves mentally healthy.
  • Enable pupils to recognise online and offline risks to their well-being and make them aware of support available to them.
  • Develop and deepen children’s understanding of the fundamental British Values of democracy, individual liberty, the rule of law and mutual respect and tolerance.
  • Develop pupils’ understanding of how to keep physically healthy, eat healthily and maintain an active lifestyle, including giving ample opportunities for pupils to be active during the school day and through extra- curricular activities.
  • Develop pupils’ age-appropriate understanding of healthy relationships through appropriate relationship and sex education.

Leadership and Management

  • Leaders to focus attention on the development of a coherent and consistent curriculum across the whole school, including a remote learning curriculum.
  • Have high ambitions for all learners, including those who are harder to reach. Ensure that the way the school uses Pupil Premium is based a good evidence.
  • Ensure that continuing professional development for staff is aligned with the curriculum.
  • Staff develop content knowledge and teaching content knowledge over time so that they are able to deliver better teaching for pupils.
  • Seek to further engage parents and the community in a way that supports our children’s education.
  • Continue to focus on the workload and well-being of all staff.
  • Ensure our governing body is strengthened and those who are governors clearly understand their respective roles.