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The Governing Body's Impact Statement 2015-2016

 

Introduction

The 2015/2016 academic year at Bawnmore Community Infant School has been both challenging and exciting for all those involved with the school.  The new interim primary assessment framework, mastery in the curriculum, the introduction of philosophy for children, and the discussions with Warwickshire County Council concerning the option of becoming a through primary school and subsequent meetings with staff and parents, have provided school leaders, staff and children with many learning opportunities and challenges.  The school has continued with its relentless focus on improving teaching and learning, promoting our school values and ensuring children are ready for the next phase of their education.

In the autumn term the full governing body approved the school’s Learning Improvement Plan and planned a schedule of monitoring visits to ensure progress against the agreed priorities:

 

To introduce Philosophy for Children (P4C) across the school by July 2016.

Philosophy for children is an ethos and approach to teaching and learning that can be used across the curriculum, rather than being seen as a standalone subject.  Its aim is for children to understand that it is acceptable for others to have different opinions and views, and that discussion and debate is a positive thing.  It requires children to consider a statement posed by the class teacher (or one of the pupils) and the children are asked to share their views, question others, listen to other points of view and in some cases, change their opinion.  Governors undertook two monitoring visits; one to see P4C in action and one to discuss the benefits of this initiative with the subject leader. P4C has been embedded within the curriculum and features in planning. All teachers have enjoyed facilitating P4C and there will be increased opportunities to use it in the classroom going forward.  Governors are pleased that children are learning to question, listen and understand that it is fine for others to hold an opinion that is different to theirs.  Governors believe that this is providing children with a solid foundation upon which they are secure that their opinions are valued and it is not necessary for them to follow other people’s ideas. 

 

2  To embed mastery in the curriculum.

Mastery in the curriculum is aiming to encourage children to use the skills, knowledge and understanding which they have gained and apply this to solve different problems, understand different concepts and work at greater depth.

Governors have undertaken monitoring visits and have had regular discussions with the Head Teacher and subject leaders concerning mastery in the curriculum. Two teachers have been working with colleagues from a local school and have also been attending a mastery hub in Birmingham to enable teachers to access resources and work with specialist maths teachers to focus on mastery in maths.  The school have secured funding for this work next year and an additional teacher will also attend.  Initial data for children working at greater depth at the end of Year 2 is encouraging and this essential work will continue next year.

 

3  To narrow the gap in attainment between reading and writing.

Governors have monitored the progress of this objective against the actions and success criteria within the school’s Learning Improvement Plan and are confident that all of the actions have been completed.  The school has always achieved high attainment in both reading and writing – the school is in the top 20% when compared with other schools nationally (OFSTED Data Dashboard) and the intention is to build on this by narrowing the gap between reading & writing.  A strong focus on grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS) which reflects changes in the national curriculum and assessment framework, has resulted in improved attainment data.  Standards in handwriting have improved and the percentage of children passing the phonics test in Year One has increased each year and is higher than the national figure.

 

To develop effective and consistent marking and feedback across the curriculum

Governors have received reports from the Head Teacher concerning the implementation of this objective. Two governors have undertaken monitoring visits within school to discuss the implementation of the new marking and feedback policy.  These have included pupil interviews and looking at children’s work books to measure the impact of the actions taken.  Governors have been impressed with the implementation of the new approach to marking and feedback and there is clear evidence that children are acting on the feedback provided by teachers and the improvement in the quality of work is evident in children’s’ work books.   This objective has been fully achieved and there is clear evidence of the impact within school.

 

5  To develop Quality First Teaching leading to improved levels of independence for SEN pupils.

 

Two governors have monitored progress of this objective within school.  The SEN Governor met with the SEN Co-ordinator in school and discussed progress. Governors were able to fully understand the actions which have been taken and the impact upon SEN pupils in the areas of independent work, resourcing themselves independently and being able to spend more time working in the classroom with their peers. Bawnmore have worked closely with other schools in our cluster and within Rugby to share best practice.  Staff attended training, and governors have reviewed children’s work books to see the quality of work.  The SEN co-ordinator has led staff training and supported all staff to ensure the successful implementation of this vital objective.  The school has made excellent progress against this objective.

 

 

Statutory Responsibilities

Members of the full governing body have also undertaken Health & Safety monitoring visits, Safeguarding audits, observed staff training, attended Child Protection & Safeguarding training, completed Safer Recruitment training, overseen the budget and accessed the Governor Development Services training programme.

A new co-opted governor has joined the governing body, bringing commercial and legal skills to further support the development of the GB.

The GB worked with Warwickshire County Council to consult with stakeholders concerning the continued expansion of the town and the additional school places which will be required in the future.  Currently stakeholders have indicated that they do not wish to pursue the option of becoming a through primary.  The GB will continue to work with WCC to ensure the schools interests are represented and that we are involved in any future discussions, as proposed developments around the town begin to take shape.

As a maintained school, the full governing body have worked closely with senior officers from Warwickshire County Council to ensure the school continues to develop, and that its views are represented in all areas of County Council’s schools development plan.

The Governing Body

Bawnmore Community Infant School

July 2016

The Governing Body’s Impact Statement 2014/2015

 

Introduction

The 2014/2015 academic year at Bawnmore Community Infant School has been both challenging and exciting for all those involved with the school.  The launch of the new national curriculum, the Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) Code of Practice and the introduction of Universal Free School Meals, have provided school leaders, staff and children with many learning opportunities and challenges.  The school has continued with its relentless focus on improving teaching and learning, promoting our school values and ensuring children are ready for the next phase of their education.

In the autumn term the full governing body approved the school’s Learning Improvement Plan and planned a schedule of monitoring visits to ensure progress against the agreed priorities:

 

1 To implement the “Learning Challenge” curriculum effectively across the school by July 2015.

Following changes to the national curriculum, it was decided to use the “Learning Challenge” curriculum at Bawnmore.  Governors have undertaken two learning walks and a monitoring visit to assess the impact of the new curriculum.  All the actions and success criteria outlined in the Learning Improvement Plan have been achieved, and the impact upon the learning environment has contributed to the children’s learning.  The children have developed their questioning ability and have embraced the enquiry based approach to learning.  During pupil interviews, it was clear that children are excited by the learning opportunities, and are able to clearly articulate their learning and explain what they will be researching next.  The staff also enjoyed working with the new curriculum and are keen to develop their practice next year.

 

2 To further improve the proportion of outstanding teaching across the Rugby West Professional Learning Cluster.

Bawnmore Community Infant School works collaboratively with five other primary/junior/infant schools within Rugby West to share resources, achieve consistency across assessment through moderation and share best practice.  Staff attend joint training events and benefit from working with other subject leaders.  Two teachers from Bawnmore have acted as Chair of the English and Music Subject Leaders’ groups within the cluster.

Governors have undertaken monitoring visits and have had regular discussions with the Head Teacher concerning teaching & learning.  All staff benefitted from the professional development within the cluster and this is reflected in the continuing improvement of teaching & learning in our school.

 

 

3 To implement the new SEND code of practice to ensure that all SEN pupils make progress

Governors have monitored the progress of this objective against the actions and success criteria within the schools Learning Improvement Plan and are confident that the new code of conduct has been fully implemented.    The SEN Governor has worked closely with the SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) within school to ensure that all SEN pupils continue to make progress. The School SENCo has been working on the National SENCO Award this year through the University of Northampton and is due to complete her training in the autumn term. 

 

 

4 To develop pupils mathematical fluency

Governors have received reports from the Maths Subject Leader concerning the implementation of this objective. Two governors have undertaken monitoring visits within school to discuss the development of mathematical fluency with the subject leader.  These have included pupil interviews and looking at children’s work books to measure the impact of the actions taken.  Governors have been involved in the maths fun evening for children and parents, which was organised in conjunction with the Friends of Bawnmore. This objective has been fully achieved and there is clear evidence of the impact within school.

 

5 To improve skills in spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG)

Two governors have monitored progress of this objective within school.  By meeting with and discussing progress with the literacy subject leader, governors were able to fully understand the actions which have been taken and the impact upon pupils work. Bawnmore have worked closely with other schools in our cluster and have shared best practice.  Staff attended training and governors have reviewed children’s work books to see the quality of work.  Governors also saw teachers marking, feedback & reflection of their own work by the children. The school has made excellent progress against this objective.

 

Statutory Responsibilities

Members of the full governing body have also undertaken Health & Safety monitoring visits, Safeguarding audits, observed staff training, attended Child Protections & Safeguarding training and accessed the Governor Development Services training programme.

As a maintained school, the full governing body have worked closely with senior officers from Warwickshire County Council to ensure the school continues to develop, and that its views are represented in all areas of County Council’s schools development plan.

The Governing Body

Bawnmore Community Infant School

July 2015

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