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St John The Baptist Catholic Primary School

We will prepare the way by loving, living and learning with the Lord

School Development Plan

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

A Parents’ Guide to our School Development Plan 2017/2018

How does the school decide priorities for development?

Our school’s performance is assessed under 5 headings, in addition to RE and Catholic Life:

  • RE and the Catholic Life of the School
  • Effectiveness of Leadership and Management and Governance
  • Continuing to develop the quality and consistency of teaching, learning and assessment
  • Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare
  • Outcomes for Children at St. John the Baptist
  • Effectiveness of Early Years Provision

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:

  • Plan three ‘Mission Weeks’ to focus on the wording of our school mission statement and to promote physical and emotional well-being and a deeper understanding of multiculturalism and diversity.
  • Further promote the teaching of multiculturalism, British Values and children's rights through RE.
  • Plan a programme of visits to other places of worship/ visitors representing other faiths.
  • Work closely with our parish church to jointly redevelop the side chapel.
  • Strengthen community and parish links through a series of planned events.
  • Ensure KS2 pupils are exposed to and achieve the correct level of challenge (within Levels 3 – 5)

Effectiveness of Leadership and Management and Governance

We are working to:

  • Ensure that ambitious class and key stage targets are set, to ensure continual school improvement.
  • Ensure that disadvantaged and SEND pupils’ attainment and progress is rising through carefully planned support; half termly monitoring and accurate reporting to governors.
  • Ensure the Senior Leadership Team and Middle Leaders to report accurately to governors to enable governors to refine their actions to ensure improvement in outcomes.
  • Closely monitor the breadth, balance and effectiveness of the curriculum, particularly the foundation subjects to promote the humanities, physical and artistic learning.
  • Ensure a whole school Continuing Professional Development Plan is in place, closely linking staff traing with SDP priorities; to providing good value for money and maximum impact on teaching and learning

Continuing to develop the quality and consistency of teaching, learning and assessment

We are planning to:

  • In reading, focus on the development of our children's understanding of challenging vocabulary and reading resilience.
  • Continue to monitor and review the content and structure of Maths lessons, to increase challenge through mastery and promote independent learning.
  • Ensure effective, well planned interventions are in place and that they are carefully monitored to maximise their impact.
  • Improve the variety and depth of teachers’ questioning (using Bloom’s Taxonomy) to increase depth of learning.
  • Further develop our coaching model to support teachers to continue to adapt and develop their good practice. This includes a focus on supporting and encouraging strong subject leadership.
  • Further develop the use of draft books and journals to give pupils time to apply their knowledge and understanding in new ways; to practise basic skills and to demonstrate a high level of care and standards in their formal exercise books.

Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare

We are working to:

  • Continue to monitor all safeguarding systems and ensure that all statutory information is shared with all staff.
  • Closely monitor punctuality and attendance for the whole school and particular groups.
  • Set a new target  for reducing persistent absence - below 8% (national is 8.2%)
  • Monitor behaviour across the school through a computerised system of recording. Use this effectively to address any repeated behaviour issues.
  • Continue to provide Mission Weeks, focusing this year on anti-bullying, positive relationships, children's rights, multiculturalism and British Values.
  • Continue to promote online safety through our eCadets initiative
  • Promote equality of opportunity and diversity throughout our curriculum with the aim of becoming a 'Rights Respecting School'.

Outcomes for Children at St John the Baptist

We are working to:

  • Ensure that through rigorous monitoring to ensure pupils in all year groups make strong progress in English and Maths, Science and all foundation subjects.
  • Ensure that progress in English and Maths at KS2 is in-line with or above national figures.
  • Achieve significant improvement in KS2 Reading and Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling
  • Monitor and evaluate systems for monitoring the progress of pupils in foundation subjects, to ensure good progress across the school.
  • Through regular monitoring and effective use of Pupil Premium funding, ensure the attainment and progress of disadvantaged  and SEND pupils is close to or in line with other pupils nationally.
  • Continue to follow reviewed phonics arrangements with an aim of 83% of children achieving the Y1 expected standard.

Effectiveness of Early Years Provision

We are working to:

  • Use accurate and regular evaluation of progress to impact on provision, including adapting the environment to support children’s achievements.
  • Identify speech and language issues as early as possible. Use Wellcomm and Language link to ensure rapid improvements are achieved.
  • Close the gaps between identified areas of learning ensuring literacy and diminish the difference between girls and boys, particularly in writing.
  • Improve the attainment of summer born children, in terms of the percentage achieving a Good Level of Development at the end of Reception.
  • Improve outcomes for children's physical development.
  • Further develop the opportunities for parents and carers to contribute to their children's learning and assessment.
  • Monitor the use of EY risk assessments, ensuring that staff and children are involved in identifying and managing potential risks.
  • Plan a series of events and opportunities to promote an understanding of other faiths and cultures.