As an outstanding school, we are constantly striving to maintain our high standards and to make improvements wherever we can. Each year the school uses self-evaluation process to identify a number of key improvement priorities for each academic year. In 2018-2019 the school has identified the following key priorities:

Key Objective 1: To improve reading strategies and raise attainment in reading

Why do we want to do this?    Over the past three years, the attainment in reading has decreased by 7.5% (there was an increase in both writing and maths). Our percentage at ARE is lower than some other local schools in a similar context. We currently spend a disproportionate amount of time on the teaching of reading.

Planned impact on attainment:  85% of pupils to reach ARE at the end of Year 2 (81% last year). 40% to reach Greater Depth (38% last year). The teaching of reading will be more effective so that more time can be allocated to other areas of learning.

Key Objective 2: To narrow the gap between boys’ and girls’ attainment in reading and writing

Why do we want to do this?  In most cohorts in our school, girls attain more highly in reading and writing than boys (this gap is narrower in maths)

Planned impact on attainment:  In Year R, the gap between boys and girls achieving a GLD will be below 15% (27% gap last year).    In Year 1, the gap between boys and girls at ARE in reading and writing will be below 15%.   In Year 2, there will be a minimal gap between boys and girls at ARE in reading and writing.

Key Objective 3: To widen the vocabulary of all pupils

Why do we want to do this?  Following the Oxford Language report ‘Why closing the word gap matters’, we believe that expanding the vocabulary of all children will have an impact on attainment in reading and writing.

Planned impact on attainment:  In all year groups, end of year attainment in reading and writing will be better than last year.

Key Objective 4: To enhance the science curriculum

Why do we want to do this?   As our teaching of core subjects becomes more streamlined, we can spend more time planning and delivering an inspiring science curriculum.

Key Objective 5: Children will have a better awareness of how to keep themselves safe

Why do we want to do this?   This will form part of our on-going safeguarding procedures.

Key Objective 6: All teachers to be confident to support SEND pupils

Why do we want to do this?    With an increase in the percentage of SEND children that we have in school it is important for all staff to understand how they can support children successfully in order for them to make progress and develop from their starting points.