UK Partnership School Highlighted
Similar to school accountability measures and standards implemented in the United States, the work of our colleagues in the UK comes under the review of the government agency – Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills. Ofsted inspects and regulates services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.
In the recent “Primary Education Report to Parliament” one of the schools participating in EdisonLearning UK’s Aspire program – Jane Duke Junior School in Basildon, Essex, England, was highlighted. Below is the report:
In 2015 OFSTED graded the Jane Duke Junior School as “Requires Improvement”. Nonetheless with good leadership highlighted and good behaviour and safety. We were commended for our systems of safeguarding children’s welfare practice – ‘The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is outstanding’.
Amongst our successes in 2015 we saw a Good Level of Development for Early Years Foundation Stage rise from 44% to 64%, the Year 1 phonics check rose from 56% to 71%, our Infant Average Points Score improved and the Year 6 results increased by more than 10% at level 4 combined and increased outcomes in all three progress measures. How did we achieve this?
In 2013 we were approached by a cluster of schools which were working with National Association of Head-teachers and the DfE to develop an improvement programme with EdisonLearning – delivering the Aspire programme. We joined this school improvement partnership known as Aspire and have seen a number of benefits as a result.
We have embedded quality teaching and learning by developing goals to achieve the OFSTED schedule and national expectations. We have identified what adults do to ensure learners are effective and improving their results. The project has also allowed us to develop distributed leadership more effectively.
Key leadership roles for five strands were allocated to staff and have focused on the school’s desired outcomes and the vehicles to get us there. Leadership has focused on asking staff to take on responsibility across the school with teachers in charge playing a vital role on school improvement with year group leaders and subject leaders taking ownership and accountability of improved outcomes for pupils.
The assessment for learning strand has developed our systems in order to access, track and plan for pupil learning. We use achievement team meetings to focus on the outcomes and barriers to success for the pupils. The staff then worked together to find solutions and report back and develop further as the needs of the pupils dictate.
The Aspire pilot has allowed us to embed further what we do well and explore other opportunities to improve the outcomes for all our pupils. We are now developing this further through the Basildon Excellence Panel, working in clusters with other Basildon schools for the good of all the pupils within Basildon. Our aim is to have every school in Basildon with good and outstanding OFSTED ratings.