2. Governor Sub Committees, Governor Involvement and Training:
1. Sub Committee Meetings:
During the Autumn Term 2012 and Spring Term 2013 the following Governor Sub Committees met to discuss School Performance.
Employment and Wellbeing
2. Governor Training:
A Programme of Governor Training Sessions has been circulated to all Governors.
School Governors have involved themselves in a variety of ways since September 2012. For example:
Attending Sub Committees.
Involvement in Lessons and Morning Assembly.
Supporting Pupil Sub Committees.
Supporting Fund Raising Activities.
Overseeing the School Accounts.
Overseeing the wellbeing of pupils and staff.
Dealing with Employment Matters
The Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board call or visit the School on a regular basis to receive progress reports from the Headmaster.
3. SCHOOL ROLL:
School Roll – 414 (March 2013)
The Average Attendance for the Academic Year 2011 - 12 was 96.5%. There were no unauthorised absences.
The School’s Attendance Target for 2012 – 2013 is 98%.
CURRENT ACTION TAKEN BY THE SCHOOL TO ADDRESS ABSENTEEISM:
The School carries out regular surveys of the number of pupils arriving late at School and contacts the parents to discuss such issues.
Weekly Information Updates will remind parents of the regulations appertaining to School Attendance.
5. THE CURRICULUM:
1. Curriculum and Policy Documents: The School is currently reviewing all these documents. Copies will be sent out to all Governors during the Spring and Summer Term 2013.
2. MATHEMATICS in the Curriculum:
Our School prides itself on the emphasis it places on the teaching of the Core Subjects. Mathematics is given a seriously high profile and the following activities were arranged accordingly:
a. ’THE FOUR NATIONS MATHS CHALLENGE’:
On 13TH and 14TH November 2012 the School participated in ‘The Four Nations Maths Challenge’. This was arranged and co-ordinated by Miss Lisa Ellis-Roberts in her capacity as the School’s Mathematics Co-ordinator.
b. ‘WORLD EDUCATION GAMES’: In March 2013 the School will participate yet again in an online Maths/Spelling/Science Challenge. The School will also arrange a Whole School Problem Solving activity where all pupils place coins around the School Yard and try to make the longest Coin Trail ever!
This is also arranged and co-ordinated by Miss Lisa Ellis-Roberts in her capacity as the School’s Mathematics Co-ordinator.
3. LITERACY: a. Children’s Books Competition 2013: Four pupils won the County Round of the Children’s Books Competition 2013. Six pupils travelled to Brecon to compete in the National Round held on 5 June 2013. b. Around the World in 80 Words Competition: 72 pupils were successful in having their work published in the Around the World in 80 Words Anthology.
THE INTERNATIONAL PRIMARY CURRICULUM:
During this Academic Year the School has introduced and implemented the International Primary Curriculum.
The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum for 3-11 year olds, with a clear process of learning and with specific learning goals for every subject, for international mindedness and for personal learning.
THE NATIONAL LITERACY AND NUMERACY FRAMEWORK:
The National Literacy and Numeracy Framework will be a statutory curriculum requirement from September 2013, with assessment against the LNF becoming a statutory requirement from September 2014. In March 2013, Miss Lisa Ellis-Roberts and Mrs Lindsea Roberts attended a one day course on The National Literacy and Numeracy Framework. Their Report may be found in Appendix 1.
6. ACADEMIC RESULTS 2013:
Foundation Phase:LANGUAGE, LITERACY AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS---- 96%
Personal and Social Development……………………………………………………………….49% Key Stage 2: ENGLISH: 95%
Core Subject Indicator: ------- 91%
Wales National Indicator: ------------- 84%
(The National Key Indicator for 2010 was 78%)
(The National key Indicator for 2011 was 80%)
The Percentage of Pupils gaining Level 5 in English, Mathematics and Science in 2013. ENGLISH………………………………….40%
The Percentage of Pupils gaining Level 5 in English, Mathematics and Science in 2012 compared to the All Wales Percentage
DETAILED COMPARATIVE PERFORMANCE DATA IS ATTACHED IN APPENDIX 3.
7. TARGETS FOR 2013 – 2014:
Foundation Phase: LANGUAGE, LITERACY AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS: 94%
MATHEMATICAL DEVELOPMENT: 94%
PERSONAL AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT: 96%
DATBLYGIAD Y GYMRAEG / WELSH DEVELOPMENT 92%
Key Stage 2: ENGLISH: 96%
WELSH (SECOND LANGUAGE) 50%
8. EXTRA SUPPORT FOR PUPILS:
In October 2012 the School recruited an extra teacher to the teaching team for the purpose of promoting standards. This teacher is involved in giving tuition to those pupils recognised by our assessment procedures as requiring extra support in specific curricular areas.
This new system will operated until Summer 2013.
9. FREE SCHOOL MEALS AND ADDITIONAL NEEDS:
Free School Meals: (June 2013 Figures)
Number of pupils eligible for Free School Meals
47 (12.7% of School Roll)
Additional Learning Needs: (March 2013 Figures)
Number of Pupils on AN Register:
35 Pupils (9.4% of School Roll)
The School’s Additional Learning Needs Policy: The School’s ALN Policy provides details of the way that the School identifies, supports and monitors the needs of pupils with Additional Learning Needs. The School monitors pupil performance regularly and a pupil identified as having learning difficulties is formally assessed by the School’s Senior Standards Officer and provision arranged as early as possible. The process of identification and provision follows a graduated approach whereby all members of staff are guided by the All Wales Code of Practice and the County Psychologist and Therapists. The School is committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for all its pupils and aims to develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in which all are able to participate fully in the corporate life of the School.
AN ANALYSIS OF THE CORRELATION BETWEEN THE PERCENTAGE OF PUPILS ON THE ADDITIONAL NEEDS REGISTER AND THE PERCENTAGE HAVING FREE SCHOOL MEALS.
Percentage of Pupils receiving Free School Meals compared with Percentage of pupils on Additional Needs Register – for the period June 2007 – May 2013.
Since June 2007 there appears very little correlation between FSM and AN. The most significant correlation appeared during April and September 2009 when the percentage variance was 1%.
From June 2007 to January 2010 the percentage of pupils on FSM has been lower than the percentage of pupils on the AN Register.
From September 2010 to June 2012, this was reversed with the percentage of pupils having FSM steadily increasing.
From September 2010 to June 2012 the average percentage variance in the percentage of pupils on the AN Register and the Percentage of pupils on FSM was 4.23%.
In November 2012 the percentage variance was 0.8%.
In June 2013 the percentage variance increased yet again to 3.3%.
The average variance between FSM and AN during the period June 2007 to June 2013 was 1.55%.
Points for the School to consider:
The average percentage of pupils on the AN Register during the past 3 years has been 8.6%.
The average percentage of pupils on FSM during the past 3 years has been 11.9%.
From January 2010 to September 2011 the percentage of pupils receiving FSM increased whilst the number on the AN Register decreased.
The June 2013 figure shows an increase of 2.4% in the percentage of pupils on the AN Register compared to September 2010.
Similarly, the June 2013 FSM figure, shows an increase of 2.9% on the September 2010 figure.
The June 2013 FSM figure compared with the June 2007 figure shows an increase of 3.7% on the Register.
The June 2013 AN Figure compared with June 2007 figure shows a decrease of 3.8% on the Register. This is considered a Value Added Factor reflecting the School’s concerted effort to address the needs of underachievers.
10. FORMULATION OF THE 2013-2014 SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN:
The School’s Strategic Plan and the 2013 – 2014 School Improvement Plan were generated by:
Responding to the last ESTYN School Inspection Reports and Reports from other bodies e.g. IIP, Customer Service Excellence etc.
The starting point was the following summary of the School’s Self Evaluation Report:
Standards in all Areas of Learning at the end of the Foundation Phase are excellent and above the WAG All Wales Indicator. Standards in Literacy at Key Stage 2 are good. Results show that 40% of pupils achieved Level 5. An analysis of current assessments shows the need to further promote pupil attainment in Oracy and Reading across the School’s age range. Standards in Mathematics at Key Stage 2 are good. 40% of pupils achieved Level 5. An analysis of current assessment data indicates the need to continue to promote Problem Solving and Mental Mathematics across the age range with emphasis on low achievers. Standards in Science are very good. 49% of pupils achieved Level 5 and thus placing the School in the 2nd Quarter. TEACHING: THE RANGE AND QUALITY OF TEACHING APPROACHES
Lesson observation data shows that 25% of lessons were graded as excellent and 75% as good. Teachers have a range of teaching methods and resources to stimulate and challenge pupils.
Each Teacher’s ability to articulate and evidence pupils’ progress is accurate, drawing on evidence from pupils’ work and close tracking of each individual pupil’s progress.
11. SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT PLAN (SDP), SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN (SIP) 2013-2014 and the School’s SELF EVALUATION REPORT (SER):
The main areas of focus for the SDP and SIP will be:
Reading and Oracy
Welsh Second Language
The Main Objectives are set out as follows:
Key Question 1:
Objective 1: Standards in the Core Subjects – Mathematics
Continue to promote Problem Solving and Mental Mathematics across the age range.
Further develop the use of Mathematics in cross-curricular studies.
Continue to promote good practice from Foundation Phase to Key Stage 2.
Objective 2: Standards in the Core Subjects – Literacy
Review and implement procedures that promote attainment in Reading across the age range.
Develop procedures that promote pupil attainment with a focus on Oracy across the School’s age range.
Objective 3: Standards in the Core Subjects – ICT
Further develop ICT in Cross Curricular work
Develop a strategy for the further development of ICT and Media Studies in the School.
Further promote the use of Mac OS in the School.
Objective 4: Welsh Second Language
Implement Strategies that ensure that good practice at Foundation Phase is continued at Key Stage 2.
Continue to develop the Welsh Language Centre’s effectiveness.
Objective 5: Wellbeing
Carry out a full review of all policies relating to Wellbeing and further develop strategies to promote this aspect of care.
Key Question 2:
Objective 1: Self Assessment Procedures
Review and update procedures for compiling the Whole School Evaluation Report and its contribution to School Improvement
A daily phonics lesson has further developed pupils’ reading and spelling skills.
Weekly spelling tests from Year 1 to Year 6 indicate that pupils are improving with spelling and are becoming more confident in using a range of strategies to establish meaning in texts.
Lesson observations have shown that the quality of teaching and learning is improving. 75% of Literacy lessons observed were assessed as Good. 25% of Literacy lessons observed were assessed as Excellent.
A review and update of the role of the teaching assistant in lessons has improved the quality of activities prepared by the teaching assistants.
Foundation Phase Assistants are now required to prepare quality learning experiences in Literacy.
Robust performance management systems ensure effective monitoring of Literacy standards in the school.
Staff meetings to share good practice have taken place along with the scrutiny of Literacy books.
Reading and spelling tests at the beginning and at the end of the year enable teachers to track pupils’ progress and identify under-achievement.
The percentage of pupils achieving Outcome 5 (June 2013) or above at the end of the Foundation Phase is 96%. This is an increase of 2% compared to last year. The target was 96%.
The percentage of pupils achieving Outcome 6 (June 2013) is 34%. This is an increase of 6% compared to last year.
The percentage of pupils achieving a Level 4 or above in Key Stage 2 (June 2013) is 95%. This is an increase of 3% compared to the previous year. The target was 92%.
The percentage of pupils achieving Level 5 (June 2013) is 40%. This is a decrease of 6% compared to last year.