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Pledge to pupils

We are dedicated to providing an EXTRAORDINARY education that empowers our children and staff to achieve their best and always be proud of who they are and what they do.

 

Our promise

 

  • We will model the high aspirations and expectations we have for all of our children.
  • We will build strong relationships with all children and their parents so that we fully understand their aspirations and any challenges they may face.
  • We will provide a broad curriculum with carefully chosen content that is well-structured and logically sequenced.  Our curriculum is ambitious and designed to give all learners, the knowledge, skills and cultural capital they need to take advantage of future opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of further learning and employment - to succeed in life.

‘A curriculum exists to change the pupil, to give the pupil new power. One acid test for a curriculum is whether it enables even lower-attaining or disadvantaged pupils to clamber in to the discourse and practices of educated people, so that they gain the powers of the powerful.’ Christine Counsell, 2018

  • We will enrich children’s education with opportunities for them to have fun, learn and celebrate with other children from across the trust.
  • We will prioritise ensuring that every child accesses the very best teaching.  We will challenge and support staff to keep improving through high quality programmes of professional development.

‘Teaching quality is a crucial factor in raising pupil attainment.’ Department for Education, 2020

  • We will teach all children to be academically competent learners.  The pedagogical approaches we use will enable and expect all children to actively engage in learning.
  • We will create purposeful classroom environments that allow our pupils to focus on learning.
  • We will ensure that we use assessment information effectively so that we give the right feedback to every child and adapt our teaching in such a way that we are confident that every child is learning.
  • When pupils require additional support we will plan and deliver the most appropriate additional and different provision based on the evidence of what has greatest impact.
  • We will adapt our curriculum so that it remains ambitious but also meets the needs of pupils with SEND, developing their knowledge, skills and abilities to apply what they know and can do with increasing fluency and independence.
  • We will play our part in addressing non-academic barriers, including those that affect children’s mental, social, emotional and physical well-being.
  • We will use pupil premium to help ‘disadvantaged’ pupils by improving their progress and the outcomes they achieve and we will use catch-up premium to support pupils to catch up for lost teaching time.  We will have a clear justification for how we choose to spend the premiums and we will monitor and evaluate the impact of the spends robustly.

‘Good teaching is the most important lever schools have to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. Using the Pupil Premium to improve teaching quality benefits all students and has a particularly positive effect on children eligible for the Pupil Premium.’ EEF June 2019

  • Strategies we use will be carefully selected based on secure evidence that indicates they will impact positively to resolve identified problems.  Where we do not have evidence of a strategy having impact we will stop using it.

‘At the heart of great teaching and great school leadership is a shared, evidence-informed understanding of what works.’ Department for Education, 2020

  • We will work together to critique practice and to share the very best.
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