Strategic Priorities 2019-2020

"Five To Focus On"

  1. Improving teaching & learning through better training, faculty review and sharing what works - Nothing makes more difference to the life chances of students than the quality of teaching. Individual teachers make the difference. This year we will be focusing on teaching and learning underpinned by peer reviewed research on cognitive load theory and learning to learn, which Dylan Wiliam has described as the single most important thing for teachers to know.’ We will aim to equip teachers, teaching assistants and students with the tools to help develop resilience and capacity for independent learning. Working together, our aim is to improve the quality of teaching and learning through excellent training and dissemination of best practice.
  2. Mental Health, Wellbeing and Resilience - For students and for their teachers there is mounting national evidence that issues associated with mental health and wellbeing are crucially important to the success and happiness of those who work and study in schools. We will build on the progress made last year and make promotion and support of mental health and wellbeing central to our improvement planning and training. We will work to ensure that students are supported to develop self-confidence and resilience and minimise incidence of mental health issues and that for all staff the recommendations of Ofsted’s July 2019 report ‘Teachers’ Wellbeing’ are implemented.
  3. Raising Achievement KS3, KS4 and KS5 - Building on our most successful GCSE results, this year we will focus on boys’ progress, the achievement of disadvantaged students and on preparing students to access grades 7-9 at GCSE. At A Level we will continue to prioritise progress across the grade range and the achievement of A-A*. Across all key stages we will ensure all students are equipped to achieve their potential and that gaps in achievement are narrowed. In practical terms this means: students at KS3 achieving their minimum expected targets (MET) which are based on progress in the top 20% of students nationally. At KS4 this means GCSE outcomes in line with FFT20 targets and at A Level, in line with ALIS target grades.
  4. Curriculum Reform KS3, 4 & 5 - To plan for and implement new courses to maintain and enhance student progress in light of national changes in curriculum and assessment. Our plans for improvement in other areas must take account of the fact that, for most of us, this is the school’s top priority. Teachers and teaching assistants need to be enabled to apply their energies here with minimal distraction. Our aim will be to maintain and enhance student progress in light of significant national changes in curriculum and assessment. Our main focus this year will shift to KS3 with a thorough review of curriculum intent, implementation and impact and development of cultural capital and a knowledge rich content offer clearly communicated to all stakeholders.
  5. Pupil Premium Strategy - Education is the most powerful tool at our disposal to improve the life chances, health and opportunities available to disadvantaged students. Our aim is to ensure that students in receipt of the Pupil Premium achieve outcomes that are at least in line with the national non-PP student cohort. Further, the attendance and exclusion targets for the PP cohort will be to at least match that for the national non-PP population. Finally, we will work to ensure the rich diet of extra-curricular and enrichment opportunities that form such an important part of the diet of our students are made available to all PP students and that they are encouraged and supported to take advantage of them.