Core Priorities for Improvement 2017 - 18

Revise and embed the teaching of PHSCE so that key values, learning dispositions and behaviour for learning permeate all areas of school life and equip all children to develop good mental health and become highly successful learners and confident young citizens.
Embed robust assessment procedures for each year group so that all learning is precisely targeted and learning gaps are closed, especially for Pupil Premium children and boys. Support all KS2 pupils to build on their learning, enabling them to demonstrate their abilities in the KS2 statutory assessment, under test conditions.
Ensure that Quality First Teaching principles, scaffolding and precisely targeted interventions rapidly close learning gaps for all groups and support pupils to work independently, ensuring that at least 65% of children reach the combined national expectation with at least 20% exceeding this.
Embed high quality EYFS provision, leading to achieving the Quality Mark for EYFS resulting in an increased proportion of our children reaching a GLD.
Embed the teaching of phonics and early writing, ensuring that staff subject knowledge enables the provision of purposeful opportunities for application of key skills across the curriculum.
Revise and embed Alderwood’s curriculum, ensuring that subject leaders play a key role, resulting in learning opportunities that are engaging, innovative and relevant and enable the application of key skills across the curriculum.
Introduce the strategy of ‘Singapore Bar’ to provide children with a visual strategy to support them with problem solving and investigative maths.