The College Development Plan, or CDP, is the way in which the College can share its plans, strategies and ambitions for the future with all the members of the College community.
The Governing body oversee the plan; they approve it at the outset and then review it after each year of its operation. The present plan covers the years 2016 to 2018. It will be adopted ready for September 2016 and will run until July 2018. The first planned review of its operation will take place in June 2017, although College leaders and teachers will be constantly measuring the progress being made.
Teaching and Learning
Teaching and Learning is at the very heart of the College development plan, as you would expect.
The plan puts the quality of Assessment and Feedback at the centre of the College’s work throughout the next two years. The use of DIRT time (Dedicated Independent Review Time) will be promoted so that students are able to respond to the feedback they receive from their teachers.
There will also be a focus on the quality of homework, with a College homework timetable, so that students are able to consolidate their learning with further independent work and reflection. Ambitious targets are set for student achievement:
- Ensure students are making, at least, expected progress across all Key Stages.
- Have an effective intervention strategy in place for underachieving students, which is regularly reviewed for impact.
- The gap in achievement and progress between disadvantaged students (PP) and their non-disadvantaged peers, is closed.
- Increase progress in Maths at each Key Stage, with a focus on achieving 4 LoP.
- Sustain the improved progress in English, with clear focus on middle ability disadvantaged (PP) boys.
We are following the National Curriculum across Key Stage 3. We will also put in place new assessment arrangements for KS3 by September 2016, as required by the government.
We have a new faculty Leader of Science, Dr Lisa Steventon, and we look forward to Science making rapid progress under her leadership. There will be two new teachers of Science, Mr Tom O’Connell and Mrs Sobianne Jones. These new appointments will combine with existing well- qualified professionals to create a refreshed and dynamic team ready to inspire the students with all things scientific.
We believe that raising levels of literacy is crucial for all our students, especially those who struggle with it but is also very important for our more able students. We will aim to raise overall literacy standards so that we can enable every child to achieve more.
Richard Shill leads our work on this, and we will continue to use the Accelerated reading Scheme at Key Stage 3, and have ERIC (Everyone reads in College) within our tutor times.
The College will continue to focus on the 5 key principles of Literacy, which are:
- All students and all teaching staff members speak in complete sentences in lessons.
- All teaching staff will use consistent assessment methods, providing the opportunity for students to respond to written feedback.
- ERIC and every student to have a reading book in his/ her school bag.
- All teaching staff will model writing with students, using consistent terminology and structures.
- Students will be able to develop an idea into a well-developed paragraph.
These key principles will be followed across the curriculum so that students become better readers and writers, able to comprehend what they read and articulate what they think.
Gifted and Talented
Dominic Quigley leads our work on promoting the best possible opportunities for our most able pupils. The emphasis is upon making all lessons engaging and challenging and there are also a number of events put on to which particularly able pupils are invited.
We will aim to raise overall numeracy standards so that we can enable every child to achieve more in Maths, and in other subjects which require numeracy skills.
Daphne Moczulski leads our work on this, and this year she will be working with teachers to ensure that consistent terminology and methodology are used when students are working with numbers and ata.
College Pastoral Leadership
The Pastoral System, which includes the form tutor, the head of year and other support staff, is the cornerstone of the College’s work. After a long period of stability, we have seen several changes recently and we have taken this opportunity to rethink and to restructure the whole Pastoral system. We now have three new Pastoral Leaders: Nigel Maddock, Pastoral leader for years 11, 12 and 13; Paul Bescoby, Pastoral leader for years 9 and 10 and Julian Wharam, pastoral leader for years 7 and 8, including transition from year 6. Three new posts of Progress Support Managers have also been created to work with each Pastoral Leader. Mrs Jess Hardy will work with years 7 and 8, Miss Sarah Lamonby will support years 9 and 10 whilst Mr Christopher Chadd will work with years 11, 12 and 13. Our aim, simply, will be to provide guidance and support so that all our students are able to be safe whilst achieving their potential here at the College.
Teachers’ pay system / new Appraisal system
The Government has initiated a new appraisal system for teachers which removes the semi-automatic progress on the pay scale. In future, all progression will be based upon achievement in the previous year and before.
Diane Blackmore, Vice Principal, leads our work in this area and we anticipate that the system will continue to work smoothly, gaining the respect and support of all staff. Every teacher will have at least three specific targets that they work towards each year, including student outcomes and continuing professional development.
Transition from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3
Making the move from year 6 into the ‘big school’ at KS3 is always a big step for our young students. We plan to refresh and improve the way in which we work with pupils in years 5 and 6 from all our feeder schools, so that the step to Earl Mortimer College is an obvious choice, and not a daunting move. We will continue to work with our Primary feeder schools through Sport and Music, and add Food Technology, Literacy and Numeracy to the subjects we wish to share with our Primary colleagues. This will enable us to understand better how pupils have been learning at Key Stage 2 and make the move to EMC smoother in terms of the way we work with young students.
Mr Wharam (Pastoral Leader) and Mrs Hardy (Progress Support Manager) will work together to lead the transition process.