Reflecting on another academic year……
As another academic year draws rapidly to a close, it is interesting to reflect on the work that we have done.
There have been some major projects that have taken place, all having a positive impact on our drive to a more personalised approach to learning.
The Autumn term heralded our Ofsted inspection. We were more than ready for this, and we wanted it to be an opportunity to show the many things that we are proud of. For us, the experience was very positive; the team of inspectors was very friendly, they did actually smile and seemed to relax here….. indeed, one inspector sat himself down at lunchtime and played the piano in one of the classrooms. The final outcome was ‘outstanding’ which was very exciting for us. They spent a lot of time looking at how we care for our pupils, and they were very interested in the model of reviews which I have written about before.
We undertook a ‘bookmarks’ project, whereby all the pupils were given a beautiful bookmark. They recorded all the things that are important to them, as well as the things that they like about themselves. Then we focused on ways to support this child’s reading.
The Spring term was spent re-invigorating the Home School Agreement, into a meaningful and attractive document. We invited parents to contribute their ideas, and incorporated these into the draft version. We are very pleased with the end result, and look forward to launching it to our parents in September.
We have also thought about transition, and how we can make this useful for the children and the teachers. We have decided to create postcards, written and illustrated by the pupils, with information for their new teacher. At the moment these are being done, and I trust that they will be of use as teachers have a new cohort of pupils.
And so where next? One challenge is to keep the Home School Agreement ‘live’. In order to do this, we will have a monthly update in our newsletter. We are having some complex SEN children coming into school, so I want to ensure that these pupils have one page profiles, and special reviews so that we can really meet their needs. We need to continue to embed the work that we have done so far, and ensure that the children have an ongoing record of their profile.