Every school in the country yearns to be the best. Schools continually evolve because we are all keen to uplevel ourselves, to improve the opportunities for all in our schools, we want our children to have a positive educational experience . Like all schools we hope that every child in our school has the foundations, skills and abilities to be who they want to be, and to achieve the goals they desire, both now and in later life.
Like other schools, we have a Development Plan and write annual actions to improve our provision.
At Chidham Parochial Primary School we actively seek opportunities to improve ourselves and where able, share our expertise with others. We are an outward facing school.
This academic year in particular we are:
- Embedding the Oracy 21 Project ideas into all curriculum areas. This language rich approach follows on almost seemlessly, with the work we had been doing with the Durrington Research School in Worthing and with Marc Rowland on the “Disadvantaged Project” i.e the need to build children’s vocabulary (which then links to reading & writing) to enable them to have success in all aspects of English – the cornerstone to all learning.
- We continue to be part of the mastery maths hub which supports our delivery of mathematics in school
- Involved in Elaine Minett’s research for her PhD, which she is completing through the University of York (in collaboration with the National Centre for Excellence in Language Pedagogy). Her study involves the comparison of two approaches to teaching primary French (when taught by non-specialist teachers).
- We continue to participate in the Autism Awareness Project and using the knowledge gained from that Award Programme to improve our provision for all in school
- We continue to engage in the Sport Partnership Programme which along with staff CPD, offers sporting events for our children. Last year we achieved the Gold Games Mark – we intend to achieve that again this year!
- The school continues to participate in the DfE Standards and Testing Agency Research conversations.
We have 4 members of staff who are undertaking apprenticeships to further their own expertise in their chosen areas/fields and another soon to embark on her apprenticeship journey.
As much as we welcome improving ourselves (and by doing so improving the provision for our children,) we also enjoy sharing our expertise and knowledge with others such as our headteacher being a keynote speaker at the West Sussex PE Conference last year and was a speaker at NHS online Autism Awareness Programme Conference. Our English lead has supported two schools in their induction of the Little Wandle Phonics Scheme which we use and supported Y2 locality writing moderation. Our maths lead has invited other maths teachers to see our mastery approach to maths in maths lessons, action.