The School Development Plan sets out the strategic development that will take place over the next year within a three year overview.
Priority one is all about developing the curriculum. This year we will be increasing the challenge in maths and English with a major focus on spelling and handwriting in line with the new National Curriculum. We will be working on new ideas to ensure pupils really understand Building Learning Power and use these skills to learn effectively. We will be looking at new ways to set pupil targets and continuing to encourage pupils to respond effectively to teachers’ marking.
We will be working on Growth Mindset techniques to build children’s self-confidence and a ‘can do’ approach especially related to something new. There will be some new initiatives for our children with additional needs and our Pupil Premium children, a lot of this will focus on building stronger links with parents. Priority two focuses on the social and emotional development of our pupils. As a Rights Respecting School we continually focus on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. All pupils learn about these rights and develop the ability to take responsibility for all their peers and children across the world to have their rights too. The Healthy Schools initiative continues to be high profile, this year keeping the focus on healthy eating, especially healthy lunchboxes, and exercise. Our Eco team and the School Council continue to take a more leading role in influencing the work of the school. We also keep safeguarding high on the agenda; currently a specific focus is e-safety as we work for the 360 degrees e safety award. We will be further developing the resources for ‘free range play’ as we make the most of the outdoor area at lunchtimes.
Priority three is all about improving further the communication with anyone involved with or interested in our school. Updating our website, developing the MAT website and adding to our Twitter feed continues to be a major focus. Our teachers are being exposed to additional training opportunities through the new links we have made with other schools both local and more distant, we also run 'inhouse' training to learn from each other’s' expertise. A particular push this year is Leadership training and succession planning. The Waycroft Governance has changed considerably as we are now working as a MAT team of Directors, this is a new model and we will be evaluating how effective this is. Finally we are researching ways to develop stronger links with the community, if you know of a business or facility which would like to be involved with Waycroft please let us know.