All staff have been focussing on developing our 2019 Site Improvement Plan, which has identified three explicit goals, coupled with ‘Challenges of Practice’, that class teachers will embrace, to realise our goals. Outlined below are our goals and what we need to do as a school, as teachers to help realise these goals.
To increase student achievement in writing R-7
- If we were to adopt and implement a whole school, evidenced based approach to the teaching of writing, we will see an improvement in the quality of outcomes in student writing R-7.
To increase student achievement in reading R-5
- If were to adopt and implement a whole school, evidenced based approach to the teaching of reading, based on the Big 6, we will see an improvement in the achievement of student reading across our school.
To retain and improve the number of high achieving students in year 3-7 numeracy
- If were to adopt and implement a whole school, evidenced based approach to teaching, differentiating and challenging students in numeracy, we will see an increase in the number of students who are recognised as high achievers.
As is obvious from the above there are two common themes in each ‘Challenge of Practice’.
Firstly, my old ‘chestnut’, ‘whole school’, and secondly ‘evidenced based’.
If we get these elements right we are definitely going to see demonstrated improvement in student achievement in these three most important areas.
Finally-as I said to our staff on our Student Free Day, this is the first time I have seen our Site Improvement Plan approach having a direct connection with teaching practice in all classes – this is a great step forward.
As Principal, I feel very confident that this newly adopted Site Improvement Plan approach by the Department for Education, has a real connection with classroom practice – this is the key to making a difference to student learning and student achievement. I will provide further details to our Governing Council and our community as further details are finalised.