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We have recently been working on some alterations to the School's Development and Improvement Plan in order to ensure that the improvements we seek are fully secured and reflect consistent practice across the school. We recognise, as did Ofsted during their recent visit that there are significant strengths in the school's quality of teaching but that too often momentum is lost where this 'very best' is not replicated lesson by lesson across the school. Much of our recent improvement planning seeks to address this. Moreover, we intend to work on certain aspects of our practice in bite-size pieces so that we can ensure that each move forward is consolidated and fully embedded.

It is my intention to regularly update parents and carers about these foci in the Spotlight, detailing what it is that we are focusing on, what you should hear your children talking about, what they may notice in students' work and books and what parents can do to support.

Our first focus, for the next two weeks or so, is on getting the starts to lessons spot on. If you like, a set of New Year resolutions in regard to adopting a set of non-negotiable expectations in order to make lessons and learning a success. The old adage that 'beginnings are everything' is right and so the whole community, teachers and students alike are being asked to focus on getting these 'steps to success' consistently right. The promotional material being used for this launch is shown here so that you can scrutinise the clear but simple messages for yourself. Please do read them but remember this is not about restarting but about driving for high quality consistencies.

Expectations For Students
1Line up silently in a straight line outside the classroom
2On entering the classroom, stand behind your allocated chair
3Without being asked or reminded, place Student Planner and writing equipment on your desk
4Ensure your desk area is tidy and ready for learning
5When greeted by your teacher, respond positively and politely
6Take your seat when prompted to do so
7Remain silent once sat so that your teacher can start the lesson promptly
Expectations For Teachers
1Arrive promptly for the start of the lesson
2Greet students at the door with a smile and warm greeting
3Once students are stood silently behind chairs, check to ensure that all students have the equipment needed for the lesson
4 Greet the class collectively and invite to take seats
5Be prepared with an activity for students to complete immediately once sat - all students active within five minutes after arrival
6Ensure that all learning activities are achievable for all students
7Praise students for demonstrating positive behaviours for learning

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