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School Improvement Plan

2010/2013

What are our Main Improvement Actions?

  • Raise standards of attainment and achievement for all learners
  • Take forward, Curriculum for Excellence to meet the needs of all young people more effectively
  • Involve all staff, young people and parents in thorough self-evaluation and action to bring about improvement
  • Improve leadership of learning across the school

Staff in Nairn Academy are to familiarise themselves with and fully implement the HC Teaching and Learning policy, toolkit and framework including BTC5.

Ongoing whole school policy review

Staff undertake a range of CPD activities that focus on the developing the use if ICT, enterprising, active, cooperative and independent learning which promote the 4 capacities and maximise attainment and achievement.

Self-evaluation and monitoring processes support and challenge improvements in learning and teaching with appropriate intervention. Develop pedagogy in co-operative learning/active lessons/independent lessons in association with our ASG.

Ongoing whole school policy:


 

ATTAINMENT & ACHIEVEMENT

2010

  • Continue to develop ways of tracking and recording individual pupil’s successes and achievements
  • Early stages in developing systematic approaches to teaching and learning of literacy
  • Develop SfL record keeping for vulnerable/under achieving/able pupils
  • Continue to improve the differentiation and pace of learning for all pupils
  • Health and Wellbeing E&O audit
  • s6 Making a difference (M.A.D) activities

2011

  • Involve children in more dialogues about their learning including target setting
  • Further develop systematic approaches to teaching and learning of literacy and numeracy
  • Revisit the AiFL agenda and embed formative assessment approaches in all classes
  • Develop ways of reporting on pupil progress to parents
  • Ensure the delivery of Health and Wellbeing across all departments

2012

  • Further develop opportunities for self and peer assessment of learning
  • Further develop approaches to teaching and learning of literacy and numeracy

What will Nairn Academy be like by 2013?

  • All pupils are achieving the best of which they are capable
  • Pupils are making very good progress with their learning
  • Pupils are able to take responsibility for own learning, work independently
  • Pupils are capable of working cooperatively, setting own targets and self/peer assessment
  • Each pupil is involved in personal learning planning
  • Pupils demonstrate self-awareness and knowledge in relation to the 4 capacities
  • Staff are confident in using a range of teaching and learning approaches to meet needs
  • Formative Assessment is well embedded and ensures progression
  • Sharing standards systems assure the quality of assessment
  • The school has fully adopted effective personal learning planning/reporting procedures
  • Staff will have implemented the revised assessment arrangements including wider recognition of achievement

 

CURRICULUM FOR EXCELLENCE

2010

  • Develop the use of ICT to enrich and support learning
  • Audit and review literacy provision and take steps to ensure promotion of literacy skills at all stages and in all subjects
  • Review S1 timetable and curriculum to ensure more time is given to interdisciplinary learning and pupil choice
  • School reviews health and PSE provision top ensure promotion of skills at all stages
  • All subjects to review courses and programmes in the context of CfE outcomes and experiences
  • Progress towards Eco-school and health promotion status

2011

  • Further develop the use of ICT to enrich and support learning
  • Audit and review numeracy provision and take steps to ensure promotion of literacy skills at all stages and in all subjects
  • Review the S2 curriculum and aim to involve young people in planning aspects of their learning
  • Continue to review PSE provision at all stages
  • Review and develop provision of skills for work courses and external award schemes to further develop the S2 curriculum

2012

  • Further develop the use of ICT to enrich and support learning
  • Review and develop the S3 curriculum to include more opportunities for independant learning and research based topics
  • Review the S1-S3 curriculum to ensure that is fully reflective of the design principles from BCT3

What will Nairn Academy be like by 2013?

  • Pupil skills are such that all can access an appropriate curriculum and almost all function independently in school and the wider community
  • The school offers a curriculum that is reflective of best practice and which therefore meets individual and community needs across all ages and stages
  • The school is an Eco achieving and health promoting school
  • All staff contributes positively to the development of curriculum for excellence
  • Innovative and flexible approaches to the curriculum are being developed

 

SELF EVALUATION

2010

Working with all members of the school community to review, develop and implement the school’s vision, values and aims so that there is a clear and shared view by all members of the school community.

  • Quality Assurance calendar to be established. Observations of classroom practice to be re-established with clear linkage of improvement priorities.
  • Staff meetings to be held regularly and have a focus on evaluating agreed aspects of practice.
  • Encourage and support staff reflection of practice using quality indicators.

2011

Working with all members of the school community to review, develop and implement the school’s vision, values and aims so that there is a clear and shared view by all members of the school community.

  • Tracking and target setting to be developed for use with all pupils.
  • Further development of classroom observation to ensure sufficient focus on improvements.
  • Review and further develop opportunities for parents and young people to be actively involved in the school’s self-evaluation processes.

2012

Working with all members of the school community to review, develop and implement the school’s vision, values and aims so that there is a clear and shared view by all members of the school community.

  • Review and further develop arrangements for recognising, tracking and celebrating attainment and achievement.
  • Continue to improve parental engagment and involvement with key aspects of school improvement.

What will Nairn Academy be like by 2013?

  • All members of the school community have shared aspirations for the school to which all are making a positive contribution.
  • A vibrant and inclusive culture of self-evaluation and improvement has been developed.
  • All staff have embraced self-evaluation as the basis for¬†improvement.
  • Expectations across all members of the school community have been raised.
  • Approaches to self-evaluation and professional development have been re-thought in ways that encourage openness and learning together.

 

LEADERSHIP FOR LEARNING

2010

  • Development groups to be established to involve staff including non-teaching, pupils, parents and council reps where possible.
  • Distributed/shared leadership to be developed with each staff member taking lead responsibility for learning.
  • Highly experienced practitioners to take a lead role in development of practice.
  • Pupils council reps to meet with SMT on a monthly basis.

2011

  • Development groups to be established to involve staff including non-teaching, pupils, parents and council reps where possible.
  • Distributed/shared leadership to be developed with each staff member taking lead responsibility for learning.
  • Highly experienced practitioners to take a lead role in development of practice.
  • Pupils council reps to meet with SMT on a monthly basis.

2012

  • Development groups to be established to involve staff including non-teaching, pupils, parents and council reps where possible.
  • Distributed/shared leadership to be developed with each staff member taking lead responsibility for learning.
  • Highly experienced practitioners to take a lead role in development of practice.
  • Pupils council reps to meet with SMT on a monthly basis.

What will Nairn Academy be like by 2013?

Leadership capacity has been built at all levels with a particular focus on improving the quality of learning and teaching.



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