ERW is an alliance of six local authorities governed by a legally constituted joint committee.
IMPROVING LEARNING TOGETHER
Aspiring Middle Leaders Training "Provided ideas for and how to move the department forward for next year”
NPQH – Three day Leadership course "The opportunity to work in depth on my ILR and the excellent professional colleagues I have gained. The support from ERW has been superb.”
Training for Successful delivery of GCSE English Language - “I found this course invaluable, packed with insight and ideas to take to my practice."
Builth Wells High School
Appointment of a Pastoral Support Manager
- Individual behaviour plans created for high level pupils
- External Agency briefing sessions to overview support for pupils
- Restorative programme following incidents
- Reduced disruption in the classroom
- Reduced number of fixed term exclusions
Close collaboration with a link school to increase middle leadership capacity
- ERW funded link to facilitate school improvement
- Focus on whole school training for middle managers to develop leadership capacity
- Direct link between the Mathematics Departments
- Improved structures at middle management level for accountability, evaluation and planning – now judged by Estyn to be ‘robust and effective’
- Individual middle managers have embraced the opportunity to drive whole school initiatives – with some receiving rapid promotion to other schools
- Improved outcomes in Mathematics – increased to 72% A*-C compared with a national average of 48%
Queen Elizabeth High School
Improving outcomes in GCSE English
- Target group of borderline pupils who had already achieved C= in early entry Maths
- Additional 14 English lessons provided on a 2 week cycle
- Focus on maximising the Speaking controlled assessment in Y10 and Y11
- Time for staff / pupils to carry out PiXL based revision / assessment activities
- All pupils in Y10 and Y11 completed the required controlled assessment tasks
- Good outcomes from target group
PiXL Curve 2 Mock based activity completed for target group, with forensic use of that mock item level data to target pupil weaknesses
Ysgol Bro Gwaun
Cotswold Academny Link
- Workshops and visits to Cotswold Academy and other schools working collaboratively
- Sharing of good practice as regards tracking procedures to inform a more tailored teaching delivery
- L2 A*-C performance in most subjects continue to show improvement
- Improved accountability and confidence of middle leaders when planning for improvement and addressing changes to courses and delivery
Formative assessment to close the gap- Introduction of the STAR programme
- Strengths – linked to learning objectives
- Targets – focus on a skill that needs developing
- Accuracy – to track literacy and numeracy development
- Reflection – pupils respond to a posed question as a starting point for a purposeful learning conversation
- Consistent approach from staff and pupils
- Learners receive clear evidence of where they are and where they need to go
- Tracking data shows strong progress in key headline indicators
Developing new Key Stage 3 Schemes of Work
- All department staff involved in process of writing schemes of work and assessments.
- Schemes developed with new specification GCSE English Language features e.g. PISA reading skills, non-continuous texts, exposition writing etc.
- Assessments test a range of skills and allow for in depth tracking of these skills throughout the year.
- Schemes have a range of differentiated resources to support all learners.
- Literature texts have integrated language resources to support progress.
- Pupils well prepared for range of reading and writing tasks expected at KS4.
- Tracking shows specific progress in each skill assessed.
- Year 10 English Language results are strong - these pupils followed new schemes in Year 9.
- Schemes have been shared regionally.