Proposing a School Improvement Plan within English

Teachers’ Standard Link – 

TS3 – demonstrate a critical understanding of developments in the subject and curriculum areas, and promote the value of scholarship.
TS2 – be accountable for pupils’ attainment, progress and outcomes
TS6 – know and understand how to assess the relevant subject and curriculum areas, including statutory assessment requirements make use of formative and summative assessment to secure pupils’ progress.

– Use relevant data to monitor progress, set targets, and plan subsequent lessons

As part of my English Major module, I was responsible for proposing a School Improvement Plan (SIP) to support the teaching and learning of Grammar and Punctuation. Firstly, we received a presentation from a partnership school which proposed that the teaching of Grammar and Punctuation was not as effective as in Maths and Reading. We analysed the school’s summative assessment strategies to discover this proposal. I learnt that summative assessment is a key way for subject leaders to identify areas for development and improvement across the National Curriculum. I am also aware that subject leaders must also adopt a holistic approach, so instead of solely focusing on numerical data, they should also introduce book scrutinies and lesson observations to identify misconceptions, areas of strength and areas for improvement. I believe that I have thoroughly met this standard through the presentation to School A and within my 3000 written analysis of the presentation. As I cannot attach the analysis due to ethical reasons, the aim of the analysis was to critically evaluate the effectiveness of the approaches presented to School A.

The approaches which we considered included:

  • Subject knowledge workshops to develop teacher confidence
  • Using children’s literature to teach Grammar and Punctuation
  • Working collaboratively to share planning and knowledge
  • Whether it is best taught prescriptively or descriptively?
  • Knowing the needs of all pupils in your class

I considered our strategies to be beneficial but in order to know this for sure, the subject leader will need to monitor them. As mentioned, this may be in the form of lesson observations or check-up’s to ensure that staff feel confident with the teaching of grammar and punctuation.

Overall, the English Major module has allowed me to have a thorough and confident knowledge of subject leadership. I also value the importance of working collaboratively to devise a school improvement plan. In the imminent future, I aim to work collaboratively with members of staff to improve areas of the curriculum.

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