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					Deanery Church of England
      High School
   A Specialist Technology College &
            Training School




        SCHOOL
     IMPROVEMENT
          PLAN
       2008 - 2011
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The Deanery High School                                                          Senior Leadership Team



          School Improvement Plan, 2008-2011
                  Part One: 2008/2009
This year, our School Improvement Plan is taking a slightly different format. There are three ‘tiers’
to the document, each giving increasing amounts of detail about the Plan for 2008/2009. This will
enable us to focus our energies and resources effectively on our key priorities. Initial ideas for
2009/2010 and 2010/2011 are appended at the end.


Tier 1
This is a simple ‘pledge card’ summary for next year. We have agreed:
 In 2008/2009, our school will raise achievement by:
  focusing on effective Learning and Teaching in all three Key Stages;
  continuing to develop a more rigorous, comprehensive monitoring system; and
  innovating in our Curriculum.

 Specifically, we will aim to ensure that:
  standards and achievement post-16 are at least ‘good’ by July 2009;
  as a specialist Technology College, standards and achievement are improved and
   our Community Programme is revitalised through the ‘Year of the RATT*’; and
  through careful monitoring, staff and pupils are empowered to hit the
   challenging targets we have set.           * RATT: Raising Achievement Through Technology



Tier 2
There are 15 key developments which will enable us to realise our ambitions above. Over the next
few pages, these are explained in more detail.
 Page 3 of this document explains ‘where we are now’, listing the key indicators that have
  informed the thinking behind this Plan.
 Page 4 summarises the 15 key developments onto one side of A4.
 Pages 5ff details how we will deliver these 15 key developments, who is responsible for their
  delivery, which Governors’ Committee will be responsible for monitoring the development, etc
 Following on from Key Development 2.2, Sections 2.2 to 2.5, Section 3.2 and Section 5 of the
  2008-2009 part of our 2007-2010 School Improvement Plan are also included in Tier 2


Tier 3
Each individual area of the school’s operation has its own Improvement Plan, and these detailed
documents form the third tier of our overall School Improvement Plan. The following plans form
Tier 3:
 Training School Improvement Plan                    All Departmental Improvement Plans
 Sixth Form Improvement Plan                          (including the SEN Plan and the Learning
 Governors’ Strategic Buildings Plan                  Centre Plan)

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Where are we now?
The following indicators, amongst others, have been used to inform our thinking.

         Achievement and Standards: previous value-added (‘VA’) results (CVA and ALPS)
                             2005                             2006                         2007
                  VA score      Interpretation     VA score      Interpretation   VA score   Interpretation
 Key Stage 3        99.8         Satisfactory         99.8        Satisfactory     100.4         Good
 Key Stage 4        1001            Good              982       Unsatisfactory      999       Satisfactory
 Post-16              5          Satisfactory          5          Satisfactory       8       Unsatisfactory
                              As a result of this evaluation, we are focussing on:
             (a) achievements and standards post-16 (see Key Development 2.3, page 10), and
              (b) the strategic direction of our Sixth Form (see Key Development 4.3, page 16)


            Achievement and Standards: selected Statutory and Technology College targets
 Indicator                            2005 Actual 2006 Actual 2007 Actual 2008 Target 2009 Target
 Percentage achieving     English          88             88            92            91
 Level 5 or better at                                                                               84
 Key Stage 3 in…          Maths            85             90            92            91
 Percentage gaining 5 or more
                                           69             61            70            78            n/a
 GCSEs at grade C or better…
 … with English and Maths too              54             37            54            63            64
 2008: Percentage to gain A*-C in… Technology: 79% Maths: 68% Science: 75% English: 73%
 2009: Percentage to gain A*-C in… Technology: 83% Maths: 74% Science: 79% English: 79%
 2010: Percentage to gain A*-C in… Technology: 82% Maths: 72% Science: 79% English: 79%
                             As a result of this evaluation, we are focussing on:
          (a) using our specialist status to raise standards (see Key Development 2.2, page 9), and
            (b) achievement in English and Maths at GCSE (see Key Development 2.5, page 11)


                                             Attendance Figures
                                           2005/2006                                 2006/2007
 Measure
                             Deanery         Wigan         National     Deanery        Wigan       National
 Present                      94.2%          91.5%          91.8%        92.3%         92.1%        92.1%
 Authorised absent             5.1%           7.1%           6.8%         7.1%          6.3%         6.4%
 Unauthorised absent           0.7%           1.4%           1.4%         0.6%          1.6%         1.5%
    These figures are good, but as a result of this evaluation we believe further improvement is possible.
      We are therefore focussing on our curriculum to ensure it engages as many students as possible
                                    (see Key Development 2.6, page 12)


                                            OfSTED, February 2007
 What the school should do to improve further:
  Raise levels of achievement in Key Stage 4.
  Improve the monitoring of progress in the main school and sixth form to provide consistent guidance
    to students on how to improve.
                      As a result of this evaluation, we have set the following priorities:
         (a) the monitoring and raising of standards of teaching (see Key Development 2.7, page 13)
       (b) the development of our progress monitoring procedures (see Key Development 2.1a, page 8)
   (c) the need to ensure greater consistency between Faculties (see Key Development 4.1, page 14), and
  (d) the monitoring (by Governors) of our School Improvement Plan (see Key Development 4.2, page 15)


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                                            SIAS, March 2007
Focus for development
 The provision of RE in Year 11 and the 6th form
 The coordination, monitoring and evaluation of school worship
 The RE scheme of work for Year 7
                   As a result of the full SIAS report, we have set the following priorities:
                 (a) to embed a School Worship Policy (see Key Development 1.2, page 6)
               (b) to refresh our Mission Statement (see Key Development 1.1, page 6), and
 (c) to achieve a Diocesan award which will cover RE developments (see Key Development 1.3, page 7)


                                        Most Recent SEF Grades
Section    Date    Judgement                                            Whole School Sixth Form
   3       2008    Learners’ achievement in their work                   Satisfactory    Inadequate
   3       2008    Learners’ standards in their work                        Good         Satisfactory
   4       2007    Learners’ personal development and well-being            Good            Good
   5       2007    Quality of teaching and learning                      Satisfactory    Satisfactory
   5       2008    Quality of the curriculum and other activities        Outstanding        Good
   5       2007    Quality of care, guidance and support for learners    Outstanding    Outstanding
   6       2008    Effectiveness of leadership and management            Satisfactory    Satisfactory
   7       2008    Overall effectiveness                                    Good         Satisfactory
   7       2008    Capacity to make further improvement                             Good
   7       2008    Improvement since the last inspection                            Good
                    Our whole School Improvement Plan arises from this evaluation


                              Local Authority SEN Review, March 2008
In March 2008, the Local Authority reviewed our SEN provision and made a number of recommendations
for its improvement.
                            As a result of this evaluation, we are focussing on
         ensuring the SEN recommendations are implemented (see Key Development 2.4, page 10)


             Finances (reported in financial years, not academic years) (to nearest £1,000)
                                   2005/2006            2006/2007          2007/2008       2008/2009
Carried forward                       £28k                £103k              £129k           £135k
Income (revenue budget only)        £6,384k              £6,729k            £7,177k     Budget: £7,390k
Staff-related expenditure           £5,349k              £5,560k            £5,890k     Budget: £5,821k
Non-staff-related expenditure        £932k               £1,040k            £1,152k     Budget: £1,570k
To carry forward                     £103k                £129k              £135k
                            As a result of this evaluation, we are focussing on
      maximising the resources available to support intervention (see Key Development 2.1b, page 8)


               Parental Priorities for Improvement (Kirkland Rowell, January 2008)
Percentage of parents identifying the areas below as a priority            Deanery             National
                                                     School facilities       22%                11%
                                               School communication          11%                10%
                                                 Developing potential        10%                 9%
                                                    School discipline         6%                10%
                As a result of this evaluation, we are focussing on improving our facilities
                                     (see Key Development 5.1, page 17)
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Key Developments

          Objective:                                                    Led by:
                                 Aim 1: Spiritual Development
  1.1     To ensure all members of the school community are aware Headteacher,
 page 6   of, and committed to living, the Mission Statement            Community Director
  1.2     To embed a School Worship Policy into our practice and
                                                                        Community Director
 page 6   build a team to lead in this area
  1.3     To achieve the Diocesan Church and School Partnership
                                                                        Community Director
 page 7   Award
                 Aim 2: Standards and Achievement, Teaching and Learning
          (a) To evaluate the Year 8 Pilot Progress Monitoring
  2.1     exercise and extend it to the whole school if appropriate
                                                                        Headteacher
 page 8   (b) To maximise the resources available to Middle Leaders
          to support intervention
  2.2     To use our specialist status to raise attainment, and hit our Community Director,
 page 9   statutory targets                                             Director of Learning
          To raise achievement in the Sixth Form, ensuring students
  2.3                                                                   Director of Learning,
          make more progress here than their counterparts nationally
page 10                                                                 Director of Sixth Form
          by July 2009
          To ensure improvements are made in the provision for, and
  2.4
          the monitoring of, pupils with Special Educational Needs Community Director
page 10
          („SEN‟)
                                                                        Relevant SLT links
          To ensure that pupils‟ GCSE results in English and Maths
  2.5                                                                   (Community Director,
          are at least comparable with those achieved by similar
page 11                                                                 Director of Staff
          pupils in similar schools.
                                                                        Development)
  2.6     To ensure that our Curriculum Offer at all Key Stages Headteacher, Director
page 12   continues to meet our learners‟ needs                         of Learning Structures
          (a) To ensure that SLT has an accurate picture of the
  2.7     standards of teaching in School                               Director of Learning
page 13   (b) To raise standards of Learning and Teaching in all Key Processes
          Stages
                                   Aim 3: Every Adult Matters
          To ensure all directed time scheduled for outside the
  3.1     teaching day (8:35am to 3pm) is used effectively (a) to raise
                                                                        Headteacher
page 14   pupil achievement and (b) for ongoing professional
          development
                              Aim 4: Leadership and Management
  4.1     To implement „Highsights‟, a system for implementing faculty Headteacher, Director
page 14   self-review and improvement, across all faculties             of Learning
          To ensure that the progress of the school in general, and the
  4.2                                                                   Headteacher, Chair of
          School Improvement Plan in particular, are monitored
page 15                                                                 Governors
          effectively by Governors
          To review the strategic direction of our Sixth Form,
  4.3
          developing our vision as a high-quality post-16 provider in Headteacher
page 16
          the centre of Wigan
                    Aim 5: Resource Management (Buildings and Finance)
  5.1     To use the resources at our disposal effectively to improve
                                                                        Business Manager
page 17   our buildings


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Aim 1: Spiritual Development

1.1 CHRISTIAN MISSION
              To ensure all members of the school community are aware of, and committed to living, the Mission
Objective
              Statement
              Our 2007-2010 School Improvement Plan identified the need to develop this aspect of our school
              life further. A twilight training session with Governors and SLT, facilitated by Diocesan
              representatives, was held in January 2008 to focus on the Mission statement, and meetings with
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              other stakeholders are also taking place, recognising that these discussions are part of an ongoing
              process to ensure that all our Mission reflects our calling as a church school and that awareness
              of, and commitment to, our Mission statement is strong.
                      When?                                     What?                                 Who?
                                       All Schemes of Learning (Schemes of Work) to            Heads of Faculty
              Summer Term 2008         include opportunities for Spiritual Development as      and Department,
                                       they are rewritten for September 2008 (see 2.6)         SLT Links
Action                                 All School Documents and Policies to display the        Headteacher,
              Ongoing
                                       Mission Statement                                       SLT
                                                                                               Community
                                       Copies of the Mission Statement to be displayed in
              September 2008                                                                   Director, Form
                                       all classrooms
                                                                                               Tutors
Budget        £200 printing costs where necessary (to come from monies already allocated)
Monitoring    Termly reports to the Pastoral and Worship Committee
              Questionnaire results (eg from the annual Parents‟ Survey) will enable us to evaluate the
Evaluation
              effectiveness of the above actions




1.2 WORSHIP POLICY/WORSHIP TEAM
Objective    To embed a School Worship Policy into our practice and build a team to lead in this area
             Our SIAS report of April 2007 highlighted a number of issues for development, including (for
             example) the need for a named member of the Senior Leadership Team to lead our school‟s
             spiritual development. This has been achieved in the recent SLT Restructuring – our Community
             Director now fulfils this rôle. The next stage is to develop and embed a Worship Policy into the
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             school‟s practice and establish a Worship Team (comprising the Community Director, the Chaplain
             and the Head of RE) to monitor its implementation and the quality of worship overall. One of this
             team‟s priorities will be to foster committed participation from pupils in acts of worship (as identified
             in our 2007-2010 School Improvement Plan).
                     When?                                      What?                                    Who?
                                        The Worship Team is established, with terms of ref- Community
             Summer Term 2008           erence to be approved by Governors‟ Pastoral and          Director, Head of
                                        Worship Committee (probably in the Autumn Term)           RE, Chaplain
                                                                                                  Community
             July 2008                  Consultation begins on the School Worship Policy
                                                                                                  Director, All Staff
Action                                  The Policy is presented to the Governors‟ Pastoral        Community
             Autumn Term 2008
                                        and Worship Committee, and is ratified                    Director
                                                                                                  Community
                                        Pupils become more committed to participating in
             October 2008                                                                         Director, Worship
                                        group acts of worship
                                                                                                  Committee
                                        Reports from the Worship Team become a standing
                                                                                                  Community
             Spring Term 2009           item on the Governors‟ Pastoral and Worship
                                                                                                  Director
                                        Committee‟s agendas
Budget       None needed
Monitoring   Termly reports to the Pastoral and Worship Committee
             The effectiveness of the Policy and Team to be evaluated by the Pastoral and Worship Committee
Evaluation
             in the Summer Term, 2009




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1.3 CHURCH AND SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP AWARD
Objective    To achieve the Diocesan Church and School Partnership Award
             Our next SIAS is expected in 2009/2010. As part of our preparation for this inspection, we would
             like to gain the Church and School Partnership award offered by the Diocese of Liverpool. Not
Background   only would this provide useful evidence of the ongoing spiritual development of the school, the
             process of completing the necessary paperwork will prepare us well for the completion of our
             „Anglican SEF‟ prior to the SIAS inspection.
                    When?                                     What?                                 Who?
                                                                                             Community
                                     The Worship Team (see 1.1 above) complete the
                                                                                             Director,
             Autumn Term             necessary paperwork; this will also form a basis for an
Action                                                                                       Chaplain, Head
                                     Action Plan for their Year
                                                                                             of RE
                                     Arrangements are made for a Diocesan Advisor to
                                                                                             Community
             Spring Term             visit the school to assess whether or not we meet the
                                                                                             Director
                                     criteria
Budget       There may be a small charge for the Advisor‟s visit
Monitoring   Termly reports to the Pastoral and Worship Committee
             This will be twofold.
Evaluation   (a) Have we been successful in gaining the award?
             (b) Has the process been helpful in preparing for SIAS?




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Aim 2: Standards and Achievement, Learning and Teaching

2.1 MONITORING AND INTERVENTION
             (a) To evaluate the Year 8 Pilot Progress Monitoring exercise and extend it to the whole school if
Objective        appropriate
             (b) To maximise the resources available to Middle Leaders to support intervention
             OfSTED commented on our monitoring systems and as a result we have been piloting a new
             system of monitoring the progress of pupils in Year 8. This has involved collecting „Attainment‟ and
             „Effort‟ grades from every Year 8 teacher each half-term, reporting them to parents and using them
             to inform intervention strategies. The Year 8 „summative‟ report has then been replaced by a Form
             Tutor comment. In addition, at present, many forms have two Form Tutors – typically (but not
Background   universally) a full-timer and a part-timer. In order to ensure that our staff resources are used most
             effectively to raise achievement, it is proposed to ensure that each Tutor Group has one Form
             Tutor – full-time wherever possible – and that part-timers are allocated to Houses. The Heads of
             House will then be responsible for deploying part-timers to meet with individual pupils, or groups of
             pupils, during registration periods in order to ensure that they meet their targets – concentrating
             much of their time on Year 11.
                     When?                                     What?                                    Who?
                 June 2008             The pilot will be evaluated                              All stakeholders
                                       A decision will be taken as to whether to extend the
                 July 2008                                                                      SLT, APG
                                       pilot to other year-groups, and how this will be done
                                                                                                Director of Pupil
                 July 2008             Part-time teachers are allocated to Houses               Development,
                                                                                                SPG
                  If the new system is implemented across all year-groups, then…
                                                                                                Headteacher,
                                       The extension will roll out (starting with the target-   Director of Pupil
Action           September 2008
                                       setting process)                                         Development, all
                                                                                                staff
                 Every half-term (or
                                       Part-time teachers are deployed to Tutor Groups to
                 however frequently                                                             Heads of House
                                       support pupil progress
                 agreed)
                 Every half-term (or      Two weeks after the Heads of House have met to
                                                                                                Heads of House,
                 however frequently       review the data and plan intervention, SLT meet with
                                                                                                SLT
                 agreed)                  Heads of House to discuss the agreed plans
                                          Possible start of Raising Achievement Workshops –     Director of Pupil
                 October 2008
                                          two weekly 1-hour sessions for selected pupils        Development
                 June 2009                The extension will be evaluated                       All stakeholders
                 In general, it is anticipated that this is a budget-neutral development; however, c£2,000 will be
Budget
                 needed to finance the Raising Achievement Workshops
                  Ad hoc reports at SLT, SPG and other fora as appropriate
Monitoring
                  Termly reports to the Curriculum Committee
                 If implemented, the new system will be formally evaluated by the Curriculum Committee in June
Evaluation
                 2009




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2.2 RAISING ACHIEVEMENT IN TECHNOLOGY, MATHS, SCIENCE AND ENGLISH: THE YEAR OF THE RATT*
                                                                        * Raising Achievement Through Technology
Objective     To use our specialist status to raise attainment, and hit our statutory targets
              The Deanery High School has been a Technology College since 1994; we have recently been
              redesignated as a Technology College for the fifth time. However, the DCSF letter that confirmed
              our redesignation identified a number of areas where further improvements should be sought. We
              have begun doing this by restructuring the management structure of our specialism: leadership in
              this area now rests with the two Deputy Headteachers. However, there is much more to do – we
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              need to raise achievement in our Core subjects and revitalise our Community dimension. We
              therefore need to relaunch our specialism in order to ensure we utilise its potential to raise
              standards across the whole curriculum and in the Community, and this will be done through a
              programme of activities under the banner of „The Year of the RATT‟ – Raising Achievement
              Through Technology.
                     When?                                       What?                                 Who?
                                      The restructuring of the Management Structure of our      Headteacher,
                                      Technology College status will be completed by the        Community
              May 2008
                                      creation of one (or two) new posts (subject to            Director, Director
                                      consultation)                                             of Learning
                                                                                                Director of
                                      The Specialist School Evaluation Toolkit is used to
                                                                                                Learning,
                                      carry out a thorough audit of our present position and
              June 2008                                                                         Technology
                                      to produce an „internal‟ Action Plan (which will be
                                                                                                College Co-
                                      included in Tier 3 of this School Improvement Plan)
                                                                                                ordinator
                                                                                                Community
Action                                The Year of the RATT will be launched with an off-
                                                                                                Director, Director
              July 2008               timetable day of Chinese-themed, specially-designed
                                                                                                of Learning, all
                                      activities
                                                                                                staff
                                      The Specialist School Evaluation Toolkit‟s analysis
                                                                                                Community
                                      will be used to produce a Community Action Plan too
              July 2008                                                                         Director, and any
                                      (which again will be included in Tier 3 of this School
                                                                                                new postholder
                                      Improvement Plan)
                                      As identified in the 2007-2010 School Improvement         Community
                                      Plan, specific plans for each of the Technology           Director, Director
              Ongoing                 College core subjects are needed to meet our              of Learning, Heads
                                      Technology College Targets. These are included in         of relevant
                                      Tier 3                                                    Faculties
              The Technology College budget will be restructured to reflect more accurately how the money we
Budget        are given is spent. As part of this restructuring, any extra monies needed for the activities
              described above will be allocated to the appropriate budget-heads
              Termly reports to the Curriculum Committee (for internal actions) and the Public Relations
Monitoring
              Committee (for Community work)
              Subject to 2.1, the 2008/2009 Monitoring Data and the 2009 examination results will enable us to
Evaluation
              assess the impact of this initiative




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2.3 RAISING ACHIEVEMENT IN THE SIXTH FORM
              To raise achievement in the Sixth Form, ensuring students make more progress here than their
Objective
              counterparts nationally by July 2009
              Whilst good progress has been made in raising achievement in Key Stage 4, there is still capacity
Background    to raise achievement post-16. Value-added analyses of results in 2007 show that our students can
              make more progress compared to that which is made by similar students across the country.
              Considerable changes are being made to the processes and routines in operation in the
              Sixth Form. A detailed Sixth Form Improvement Plan is therefore included in Tier 3 of this
              document; only a few highlights are mentioned here.
                     When?                                    What?                                Who?
                                     Some upgrades will be made to the Sixth Form           Business
              Summer 2008
                                     facilities                                             Manager
                                     A Sixth Form Learning Support Assistant will be        Director of
                                     employed from September 2008) to monitor students‟     Learning,
              Summer 2008
                                     private study and provide assistance to ensure they    Director of Sixth
                                     meet their Target Minimum Grades                       Form
Action
                                     All teachers will receive INSET exploring Learning     Director of Sixth
              Summer 2008
                                     and Teaching styles post-16                            Form and team
                                                                                            Director of Sixth
              Autumn 2008            New Lower Sixth Induction process is instituted
                                                                                            Form and team
                                     New monitoring procedures for post-16 students         Director of Sixth
              Autumn 2008
                                     begin                                                  Form and team
                                     Following on from the summer INSET, a post-16          Director of Sixth
                                     Learning and Teaching review will be instigated,       Form, Director of
              Autumn 2008
                                     resulting in a verbal report to the Curriculum         Learning Pro-
                                     Committee                                              cesses, All Staff,
              Money has been set aside within the Budget planning process for facility upgrades and the new
Budget
              Learning Support Assistant post
Monitoring    Termly reports to the Curriculum Committee
Evaluation    The Director of Learning will evaluate these changes in the Spring Term, 2009




2.4 RAISING ACHIEVEMENT OF PUPILS WITH SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS (‘SEN’)
Objective     To ensure improvements are made in the provision for, and the monitoring of, pupils with SEN
              Following on from the Local Authority‟s review of our SEN provision in the Spring Term of 2008, we
              need to ensure that timetables and procedures meet SEN pupils‟ statutory entitlements, thus
Background    enabling them to continue making good progress in their learning. We also need to ensure that
              mainstream lessons cater effectively for such pupils‟ needs (see 2.7), and that Learning Support
              Assistants are deployed effectively in lessons
                     When?                                    What?                                   Who?
                                                                                               Overseen by the
                                     The SEN timetable is revised to ensure that all pupils‟
              April 2008                                                                       Community
                                     needs are met
                                                                                               Director
                                     In response to the LA review, consideration is given to   Headteacher,
              June 2008              the possibility of restructuring the Student Support      Community
Action                               Centre                                                    Director
                                     The use of Learning Support Assistants is an area for
              September 2008                                                                   All Staff
                                     training for all staff
                                                                                               Director of Pupil
                                     If the pilot Monitoring arrangements are extended
                                                                                               Development,
              Autumn 2008            (see 2.1), measures are implemented to ensure the
                                                                                               Community
                                     data collected is fed back into SEN review cycles
                                                                                               Director
              None expected to be needed. It should be noted that additional support for the increased number
Budget
              of statemented pupils on our roll has been used to employ extra Learning Support Assistants
Monitoring    Termly reports to the Curriculum Committee
              The Community Director will formally evaluate the progress being made in termly meetings with
Evaluation
              SEN Managers

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2.5 RAISING ACHIEVEMENT IN ENGLISH AND MATHS
              To ensure that pupils‟ GCSE results in English and Maths are at least comparable with those
Objective     achieved by similar pupils in similar schools, and to ensure that our statutory targets for 5 or more
              GCSE passes including English and Maths are met
              For each of the last three years, English GCSE results have been significantly lower than those
              achieved by similar pupils in similar schools (source: page 26 of the 2007 Fischer Family Trust
              report), and the same is true for Maths GCSE results for the last two years, although for both
              subjects the 2007 results represented an improvement on the 2006 results. It should be noted that
              current monitoring information suggests that this observation will not be true for either Department
Background    in 2008. Whilst other key developments in this School Improvement Plan (for example, 2.1, 2.2
              and 3.2), and other recent initiatives, will impact further on these results for 2009, there is a
              strategic need to ensure that English and Maths remain an important whole-school focus.
              Improvements will be achieved by a series of individual actions, summarised below and explained
              in more detail in the relevant Faculty Improvement Plans; see also the more detailed plans on
              pages 19, 20, 23 and 24 from last year‟s School Improvement Plan.
                     When?                                      What?                                   Who?
                                     The Job Descriptions of postholders within the              This process is to
                                     English Department are to be revised in order to            be led by the
              Summer 2008
                                     ensure that further improvements within the                 Director of
                                     Department can be led efficiently and effectively           Learning
                                                                                                 Director of
                                     Extra staffing will be put into the Year 11 Maths and
                                                                                                 Learning
                                     English timetables to allow for withdrawal classes,
              Autumn 2008                                                                        Structures,
                                     coursework support, etc. This has had a significant
                                                                                                 English and
                                     impact in previous years.
                                                                                                 Maths Faculties
                                     120 pupils will be entered for English GCSE early in
Action                                                                                           The English
              Autumn 2008            November, with a significant „revision programme‟
                                                                                                 Faculty
                                     immediately before the exam.
                                     Some/all pupils will be entered for Maths GCSE early
                                                                                                 The Maths
              Autumn 2008            in November, with a significant „revision programme‟
                                                                                                 Faculty
                                     immediately before the exam.
                                                                                                 English and
                                                                                                 Maths Faculties,
                                                                                                 SLT links
                                     Additional reactive strategies will be identified to
              Spring 2009                                                                        (Community
                                     maximise the pupils‟ chances of success
                                                                                                 Director, Director
                                                                                                 of Staff
                                                                                                 Development)
                Extra staffing: £22,000 in the „staffing‟ line of the school budget (providing for 3 extra English
Budget            teachers for Year 11 and 1 extra Maths teacher)
                Early entry: an estimated £8,000 additional exam fees
Monitoring    Termly reports to the Curriculum Committee
              To be evaluated by the Headteacher following the publication of the 2009 GCSE results, with a
Evaluation
              verbal report to the Governors‟ Curriculum Committee




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2.6 CURRICULUM INNOVATION
Objective    To ensure that our Curriculum Offer at all Key Stages continues to meet our learners‟ needs
             The new Key Stage 3 National Curriculum has afforded us a significant opportunity to review our
             curriculum in the lower school, and as a result we have taken the decision to complete the new
             Programmes of Study by the end of Year 8. The new emphasis on the links between subjects also
             needs to be reflected in Departments‟ Schemes of Learning. The new Curriculum will therefore
             work its way through our school with the Year 7 cohort that starts in September 2008. At the same
             time it is possible that less radical changes may be introduced for other cohorts (eg Psychology
Background   „AS‟-level as a Key Stage 4 option, and Diplomas from September 2009 – now that bids from
             Wigan have passed through the Diploma Gateway, The Deanery will be taking a lead in the
             introduction of the ICT Diploma from that date). Continued review of out plans for the ICT
             Curriculum, as identified in section 4.1 of the 2008-2009 part of our 2007-2010 School
             Improvemnet Plan, will be included in this review. We also need to ensure that our post-16
             Curriculum Offer is an appropriate one (see 2.3), as well as ensuring new „AS‟- and „A‟-level
             specifications are introduced successfully
                     When?                                      What?                                Who?
                                     The extra INSET day will be used to start planning the
            June 2008                                                                         All teachers
                                     new Year 7 Curriculum
                                                                                              SLT, Heads of
                                     SLT Links will meet with Heads of Faculty/Department
            Summer 2008                                                                       Faculty/
                                     to discuss progress to date
                                                                                              Department
                                     Plans are developed for the introduction of functional   Director of Learn-
            Summer 2008
                                     English, Maths and ICT where appropriate                 ing Structures
                                     Early discussions take place about possible further      Headteacher,
Action      September 2008           post-16 collaborative offers with St John Rigby for      Director of Learn-
                                     September 2009                                           ing Structures
                                     Start of the implementation of the two-year Key Stage
            September 2008                                                                    All teachers
                                     3
                                     A decision is taken concerning the possibility of        Director of Learn-
            Autumn 2008
                                     introducing a „graduation‟ into Year 9                   ing Structures
                                     Decisions are taken regarding possible post-16           Headteacher,
            November 2008
                                     collaboration for September 2009                         SLT, Governors
                                                                                              Director of Learn-
            Ongoing                  Plans are laid for the introduction of Diplomas          ing Structures
                                                                                              and others
             There should be little extra demand for staffing as a result of these changes.
             Extra money for new resources (eg textbooks) will be found from capitation and many „above the
Budget
             line‟ requests from Heads of Faculties/Departments have already been accommodated.
             Within the contingency line, £2,000 has been allocated to support any further developments.
Monitoring  Termly reports to the Curriculum Committee
Evaluation   The Headteacher will lead an evaluation of the changes in the Summer Term, 2009




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2.7 LEARNING AND TEACHING
             (a) To ensure that SLT has an accurate picture of the standards of teaching in School
Objectives
             (b) To continue to raise standards of Learning and Teaching in all Key Stages
             Much has been learnt in the last 10 years or so about what constitutes effective teaching – for
             example, how Assessment for Learning can raise standards, and how pupils‟ differing learning
             styles can be accommodated within lessons. (The need to embed Assessment for Learning as a
Background   key strategy for improving pupil engagement was identified in our 2007-2010 School Improvement
             Plan). The appointment of a new Assistant Headteacher to oversee Learning and Teaching
             throughout the school offers us a considerable opportunity to focus on teaching and to continue to
             raise standards in this area.
                    When?                                        What?                                    Who?
                                       Subject to a favourable outcome from the consultation
                                       process, a temporary Advanced Skills Teacher
             June 2008                                                                            Headteacher
                                       („AST‟) post will be created to assist in developments
                                       in this area
                                       A common understanding of what constitutes good
                                       learning and teaching will continue to be developed
                                                                                                  Director of
                                       across all Faculties – this common understanding will
             Autumn Term 2008                                                                     Learning
                                       also encompass guidance as to good practice in
                                                                                                  Processes
                                       Assessment for Learning.          As a result, a new
                                       Learning and Teaching Policy will be developed.
                                       A system will be developed (in conjunction with            Director of
             Autumn Term 2008          Highsights – see 4.1) to enable all leaders to monitor     Learning
Action                                 the quality of teaching effectively                        Processes
                                                                                                  Director of Staff
                                       Training is an important component of this key             Development,
             Autumn Term 2008
                                       development, as all teachers would benefit from            Director of
             and ongoing
                                       ongoing opportunities to refresh their practice in the     Learning
             thereafter
                                       classroom                                                  Processes, new
                                                                                                  AST, All Staff
                                                                                                  Network
                                       As identified in the 2007-2010 School Improvement          Manager, other
                                       Plan, the school website requires further development      staff identified
             June 2009                 in order to facilitate and improve personalised            with website
                                       learning within school, thus reducing teachers‟            responsibilities
                                       workload                                                   (subject to
                                                                                                  restructuring)
             The new AST will be paid for with Training School monies (c£14,000pa for two years)
Budget
             Monies for ongoing staff training will be identified from current budget allocations
Monitoring   Termly reports to the Curriculum Committee
             Data on the quality of teaching in the school will be a key indicator in the evaluation of the success
Evaluation
             of these initiatives in the Summer Term of 2009




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Aim 3: Every Adult Matters

3.1 MEETING STRUCTURE REVIEW
              To ensure all directed time scheduled for outside the teaching day (8:35am to 3pm) is used
Objective
              effectively (a) to raise pupil achievement and (b) for ongoing professional development
              At present our meeting structure is in need of review in order to ensure it meets our ongoing needs
              as a school. There could also be a need to lengthen, and/or review the management of, Parents‟
              Evenings; at present not all parents are happy with the arrangements. We also need to check that
Background    the arrangements for both Open Evenings (the main school Open Evening and the Sixth Form
              Open Evening) and Year 9 Options night are optimal for the school and its employees. A
              consultation therefore needs to be undertaken to determine the best way forward; the views of
              both teachers and other stakeholders (eg parents, for Parents‟ Evenings) need to be sought.
                     When?                                      What?                                   Who?
                                        The SLT agrees a paper which outlines options for
              June 2008                                                                         Headteacher/SLT
                                        change
                                        Options are discussed with Unions, teachers and         SLT/Unions/APG/
Action        June/July 2008
                                        other stakeholders (eg parents)                         SPG/All Staff
                                        A decision is made by the SLT as to which option
              July 2008                                                                         SLT
                                        should be pursued
              September 2008            The new arrangements are put in place                   All staff
Budget        None
Monitoring    Termly reports to the Personnel Committee
              If new arrangements are implemented, they will need to be reviewed by the Headteacher in May
Evaluation
              2009.




Aim 4: Leadership and Management

4.1 HIGHSIGHTS
             To implement „Highsights‟, a system for implementing faculty self-review and improvement, across
Objective
             all faculties.
             In their February 2007 report, OfSTED stated: “[Faculty] self-review includes the monitoring of
             teaching and work scrutiny, but the implementation of these systems is not yet sufficiently
             consistent across the school.” During 2007/2008 the review process has been extended and a
             cross-faulty approach has been adopted (for example, looking at boys‟ achievement – a clear
             issue to emerge from analysis of our GCSE pupils‟ performance in 2007). The 2007-2010 School
Background
             Improvement Plan identified the need to ensure that middle leaders‟ rôle in monitoring and
             trackingis strengthened. There is now a need, therefore, to continue to develop and improve our
             systems of faculty self-review, and following a recommendation from our Specialist School
             Achievement Programme („SSAP‟) consultant Headteacher, we will introduce „Highsights‟ to
             achieve this.
                    When?                                     What?                                    Who?
                                                                                                Headteacher,
                                     A one-day conference for Heads of Faculty („HoFs‟)
             July 2008                                                                          Director of
Action                               will be arranged to launch Highsights.
                                                                                                Learning, HoFs
                                     Highsights will be implemented.            A detailed
                                                                                                HoFs, Director of
             Autumn Term 2008        implementation plan will be drawn up at the one-day
                                                                                                Learning
                                     conference in July 2008.
             The school has been given £9,000 to support its participation in the SSAP. This money will be
Budget       used to introduce Highsights. There may be a need for some ongoing financial support in future
             years (no more than £1,000 per year) to support the implementation of this initiative.
             Monitoring is a key aspect of Highsights. SLT links will hold „Highsights‟ meetings on a termly
Monitoring
             basis to monitor its implementation, and termly reports will be given to the Curriculum Committee
Evaluation   The SSAP consultant Headteacher will be invited to review the impact of this initiative in April 2009
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4.2 GOVERNORS’ DEVELOPMENT
            To ensure that the progress of the school in general, and the School Improvement Plan in
Objective
            particular, are monitored effectively by Governors
            In their February 2007 report, OfSTED stated: “The governors are aware that the extent to which
            they evaluate progress requires further development and are taking action to address this.” A
Background  Governors‟ Working Party has been set up to begin to address this point, and a system of links
            between Governors and Faculties is being piloted. This work needs to continue, and further
            initiatives in this area need to be considered.
                    When?                                     What?                              Who?
                                      The Governors‟ Working Party meets to consider how
                                                                                           Headteacher,
            Summer Term               the School Improvement Plan can be monitored by
                                                                                           Governors‟
            2008                      the Governors; see also the proposal for a new
                                                                                           Working Party
                                      Governors‟ Committee in 4.3 below
                                                                                           Governors‟
                                      Following on from the Autumn Term Departmental
                                                                                           Working Party,
                                      Link meetings (reviewing examination performance
Action      November 2008                                                                  Heads of Maths,
                                      and Improvement Plans for the year ahead), the pilot
                                                                                           Humanities and
                                      Departmental Link programme is evaluated
                                                                                           Technology
                                      Subject to a successful evaluation, the Departmental Headteacher,
            February 2009             Link programme will be extended to all Departments/  Governors‟
                                      Faculties                                            Working Party
                                      Any School Improvement Plan monitoring system        Headteacher,
            April 2009                implemented for 2008/2009 will be evaluated by the   Full Governing
                                      Full Governing Body                                  Body
Budget      None
Monitoring  Termly reports will be given to the Full Governing Body
            (a) The Departmental Link programme will be evaluated by the Governors‟ Working Party in
            November 2008
Evaluation
            (b) The School Improvement Plan monitoring system will be evaluated by the Full Governing Body
            in April 2009




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4.3 STRATEGIC DIRECTION OF THE SIXTH FORM
             To review the strategic direction of our Sixth Form, developing our vision as a high-quality post-16
Objective
             provider in the centre of Wigan
             Post-16 education is undergoing a period of rapid change nationally. The “Machinery of
             Government” agenda (which will see the abolition of LSCs) will result in major changes in the local
             management and leadership of post-16 provision – for example, within the next two years our
             funding for post-16 will come directly from the Local Authority, not the LSC as at present. There is
             a strong impetus towards increasing participation, as evidenced from the “September guarantee”
             and the Government‟s drive to „raise the school leaving age‟ to 18. The Wigan context – ie the
Background   Authority‟s success in passing through the Diploma Gateway, the priority attached to reduced the
             NEET cohort (those who leave school at 16 and who do not progress to employment, education or
             training), the drive to increase the provision of apprenticeships – also presents us with significant
             opportunities. Within our school we need to continue to raise standards (see 2.3), diversify our
             curriculum offer (see 2.6), and improve our facilities (see 5.1). Given the national context, the local
             context and our school context, we need to review the long-term direction of our Sixth Form, and
             continue to build our capacity for strategic leadership in this area.
                    When?                                      What?                                   Who?
                                      A “Strategic Direction of the Sixth Form” Away Day
                                      takes place (a) to update all concerned on current
                                                                                                Some SLT,
                                      post-16 landscape, and (b) to develop our vision as a
                                                                                                Governors,
             June 2008                high-quality post-16 provider in the centre of Wigan.
                                                                                                leaders from the
                                      The outcome of the meeting will be a clear strategic
                                                                                                LA and LSC
Action                                vision that will form the basis of consultation before
                                      being ratified by Governors in September 2008.
                                      A new Post-16 Steering Committee (to include
                                      Governors‟ representation) is formed to ensure that
             June 2008                                                                          Governors
                                      developments in this area are kept under close review
                                      (see also 4.2)
                                      The Vision Document will form the basis for any
             Autumn 2008                                                                        SLT, Governors
                                      Capital Bids that may be necessary
Budget       Away Day: £600 for room and refreshments
             The new Post-16 Steering Committee will monitor the implementation of the vision, with the Full
Monitoring
             Governing Body being updated with developments as and when appropriate
Evaluation   The Headteacher will evaluate the impact of the implementation in September 2009




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Aim 5: Resource Management (Buildings and Finance)

5.1 GOVERNORS’ STRATEGIC BUILDING PLAN
Objective   To use the resources at our disposal effectively to improve our buildings.
            At present, our school buildings limit our capacity for improvement. According to a DCSF official,
            The Deanery High School is one of the 30 most overcrowded schools in the country; in February
            2007, OfSTED noted the “the limitations of [our] playing field accommodation”; Year 11 students
            who choose to study elsewhere post-16 cite our Sixth Form facilities as one reason behind their
Background  decision; and in our recent Parents‟ Survey, 22% of parents cited the school facilities as a priority
            for improvement (compared to 11% in similar surveys across the country). The Governors have a
            Strategic Building Plan (included in Tier 3 of this School Improvement Plan) which incorporates a
            £½m+ programme of improvements agreed after we were unsuccessful in our bid to be Wigan‟s
            BSF Pathfinder school.
                  When?                                       What?                                 Who?
                                    Phase 2 of the Improvement Programme will be
                                    completed (using £300,000 from DFC and LCVAP            Business
            Summer 2008
                                    funding), as identified in the 2008-2009 section of our Manager
Action                              2007-2010 School Improvement Plan
                                                                                            Business
                                    Improvements to the Sixth Form area (£60,000? from
                                                                                            Manager,
            Summer 2008             DFC, with the Governors‟ 10% contribution being met
                                                                                            Director of Sixth
                                    from the projected 2008/2009 budget surplus)
                                                                                            Form
Budget      See above
Monitoring  Termly reports will also be given to the Premises/Health and Safety Committee
            The quality of the work will be evaluated as part of the building process; the Headteacher will
Evaluation  evaluate its impact and report to the Spring Term meeting of the Premises/Health and Safety
            Committee




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                                               SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN 08 - 09
                                          Area of Development 2 – Teaching and Learning

SIP   Key Issue     Target and Date of    Present Position   Implementation Strategy (T&L,          Monitored   Costings   Evaluation
No                  Completion            identified by      Resources, CPD, Enrichment)            by                     Strategy
2.2   Raising       Level 5+ 87%          Results KS3 08        Review of Y8 test and amend if                             Evaluate results
      achievement   Level 6+ 67%          (teacher              necessary.                                                 – analyse
      Subject       Level 7+ 8%           assessments)          Implement Y9 test (separate                                against
      Specific                                                  subject based)                                             national levels.
      Technology    Weaker cohort.                              Improve identified good
      KS3           Evidence – Mean CAT                         practice (07-08).
                    Scores:
                    UVI – 102                                Gifted and Talented                    HOF                    Sampling of
                    LVI – 103.5                              CITB – 2 Industry based days for                              student work.
                    11 – 105.4                               identified G&T pupils.                                        Analysis of
                    10 – 105.4                                                                                             results/pupil
                    9 – 103.6                                ICT hardware, provision and                                   profiles –
                    8 – 101.7                                access improved.                                              Review of
                                                                                                                           schemes of
                                                                                                                           work.
      Raising       GCSE A*-C 83%         2008 results.          Develop and extend use of CN       HOF                    Audit of
      achievement                                                STET faculties to other areas.                            equipment use.
      Subject
      Specific                                                   Non entries reduced to                                    Examination
      Technology                                                 genuine cases through new                                 entries.
      KS4                                                        review systems.


                    Increase Provision                       Y11 AS - review in light of results.   Subject
                    KS4/KS5.                                     Introduce AS in one DT             leader
                                                                 subjects for Y11 cohort.           HOF.                   Take up of AS
                                                                 (electronics/systems)                                     and results.
                                                                 Introduce ‘Food Technology’        HOF/HOD
                                                                 to 6th form – enter AS or
                                                                 vocational at level 3.
                                                             ICT hardware, provision and
                                                             access improved.
                                                SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN 08 - 09
                                           Area of Development 2 – Teaching and Learning

SIP   Key Issue     Target and Date of     Present Position   Implementation Strategy (T&L,       Monitored   Costings   Evaluation
No                  Completion             identified by      Resources, CPD, Enrichment)         by                     Strategy
2.2   Raising       Maintain high grades   100% PD            Room in operation leading to        HOF                    Faculty reviews.
      achievement   (needs to be ref       100% SC            increased A*-C results and
      Subject       specific groups – ie   100% HSC           consistent with National Average
      Specific      increase A*-C)                            as targets.
      Technology
      KS5                                  Display area       Exhibition of students work for 2
                                           established.       weeks.




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                                                    SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN 08 - 09
                                          Area of Development 2 – Teaching and Learning (Maths)

                                                                                                             [a] Team
                                                                                     Target and Date of
DIP        Area for          Performance Indicator         Present Position                                  leader        Monitoring and
No.                                                                                     Achievement
         Development                                                                                         [b] Staff       Evaluation
                                                                                  [including milestone(s)]   involved
                                                                                                                           arrangements
1     KS3
      Development and       Quality of teaching and   As stated                  Staff training complete     BAT, BRI    Review course
      Implementation of     learning in Y7 improved                              and new course                          summer 09.
      new KS3 syllabus                                                           materials in place                      ongoing sampling
      based on the new                                                           summer 08                               and testing 08 /09
      national curriculum

2     KS4
      Continue to           Curriculum team in        Schemes in place           Schemes reviewed and HOF/He             Revisit after
      develop schemes       place and currently                                  updated by June 09.  ad of              summer term 08
      of work at Key        working                                                                   Key                results
      Stage 4 to improve                                                                              Stage 4
      exam results.

      Use of extra          Improved results          Floating member of staff Creation of a 13th set        HOF/He      Improved results
      member of staff for                             has covered for long     September 2008                ad of
      intervention                                    term absence and                                       Key
      purposes                                        removal of disruptive                                  Stage 4
                                                      pupils

      Integration of        Pass rate for both        Most year 11 pupils sit    Included in SOWs from       HOF/He      Increase in the
      Functional Maths      courses                   the numeracy exam          June 08                     ad of       faculties A*-C rate
      and Adult                                       towards the end of year                                Key
      numeracy into                                   11 with little or no                                   Stage 4
      SOW’s                                           preparation



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3   KS5                   Courses in place, course Schemes in place and   Handbook in place for   KS5 co-    Improved results
    Continue to           book to include          most assessment        AS June 08 and A2       ordinato
    promote and           schemes of work,                                June 09                 r and
    develop KS5           resources and                                                           HOF
    courses single        assessment
    applied and further
    maths.




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                                              SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN 08 - 09
                                         Area of Development 2 – Teaching and Learning

SIP   Key Issue     Target and Date of   Present Position   Implementation Strategy (T&L,       Monitored    Costings         Evaluation
No                  Completion           identified by      Resources, CPD, Enrichment)         by                            Strategy
2.4   Raising       KS3                  DIP                Resources                           HODs         ICT budget.      Analysis of
      achievement   Level 5+ 86%         SEF                    New POS for KS3 from Sept 08.                                 results.
      Subject       Level 6+ 60%         Section 3              New SOW written for Y7.         Science      Cover £180 per
      Specific      Level 7+ 12%                                CPD required on use of new      leadership   day where
      Science                                                   resources in SOW and on new     team.        appropriate.
      KS3                                                       pedagogy.
                                                            Enrichment                          Head of      Minibus hire 4   Analysis of
                                                            Bronze Crest to Y9 top sets         KS3.         days at £7       number of
                                                            Y7                                               per pupil.       pupils
                                                            Y8                                               4 days staff     awarded
                                                                                                             cover at         Crest Bronze.
                                                                                                             £180.




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                                                SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN 08 - 09
                                           Area of Development 2 – Teaching and Learning

SIP   Key Issue     Target and Date of     Present Position   Implementation Strategy (T&L,             Monitored   Costings         Evaluation
No                  Completion             identified by      Resources, CPD, Enrichment)               by                           Strategy
2.4   Raising       All Science A*-C 79%   GCSE Results            Use pupil tracking to identify       HOF         Accredited       SLT link/results.
      achievement                          2008                    underachievers.                                  course fees
      Subject       Triple Science                                 Develop heads of department                      on residential
      Specific      A*-C 100%                                      into subject learning coaches in                 CPD Science
      Science       A*-A 20%                                       order to enhance reflection                      Learning
      KS4                                                          practice.                                        Centre.
                    Double Science                            Y11 mentoring scheme offered to
                    A*-C 76%                                  Y10 after half term (Oct).
                                                                   Use of KS3 SATs analysis by pupils
                    Single Science                                 to inform personalised
                    A*-C 20%                                       improvement and department
                                                                   IPs ‘ get a C club’ extended to
                                                                   ‘get an A/A* club’.
                                                                   Staff CPD on new coursework.
                                                              Enrichment
                                                                   Reading/Extended learning via
                                                                   Scientific journals and books
                                                                   review by pupils ie development
                                                                   of Article review group.
                                                                   National Science Work activities.
                                                                   Pupil lectures.                                  Cover £180
                                                                   Competitions;                                    per day
                                                              Chemistry quiz                                        where
                                                              Silver Crest/STEM available to 2                      appropriate.
                                                              classes.
                                                                                                                    Minibus hire
                                                                                                                    £7 per pupil.




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                                                      SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN 08 - 09
                                                 Area of Development 2 – Teaching and Learning

SIP   Key Issue     Target and Date of           Present Position   Implementation Strategy (T&L,          Monitored by     Costings   Evaluation
No                  Completion                   identified by      Resources, CPD, Enrichment)                                        Strategy
2.5   Raising       KS3                                              Staff trained in new data            HOF                         Management
      Achievement   Level 5+ 89%                                       procedures and pupil tracking.                                  questionnaires/
      Subject       Level 6+ 61%                                                                                                       feedback.
      Specific                                                         Target specific groups at each     HOF/KS
      English                                                           KS – eg boys at 5+ C who are       leaders.                    Track in KS3 +
      KS3           Foundation skills level in                          underachieving in English.                                     GCSE results.
                    English will necessitate
      KS4           review of courses.                                 Work monitoring more closely       KS leaders.
                    GCSE – 78.9%                                        aimed at above groups.

                    KS5 – all students to                              CPD on language skills and         HOF                         EN3 grades
                    achieve TMG.                                        language teaching to target        Heads of                    levels at KS3
                                                                        specified AFTs at end KS for       KS3/KS4.                    Lang grades at
      KS5           Improve conversion                                  improvement. Wave 1                                            KS4.
                    rates from KS2-3, KS2-4,                            Intervention.
                    3-4.
                                                                       Key language/Linguistic skills     HOF                         Work with LA
                                                                        identified for each year           KS leaders.                 English
                                                                        group/KS with pupils progress                                  consultant to
                                                                        monitored against same.                                        audit.

                                                                       Banks of online resources for      HOF                         Track log ons +
                                                                        pupils to access to improve        Key 5 leaders.              improvement in
                                                                        their individual targeted skills                               pupil targets.
                                                                        for improvement. Wave 3
                                                                        intervention.

                                                                       Further IWB training to            HOF                         Lesson obs.
                                                                        encourage interactive lessons.
                                                                                                                                       Y6 work used to
                                                                       Increased liaison with main        14-19 leader.               set early Y7
                                                                        primaries – eg set piece of                                    targets – in
                                                                        work in Y6                                                     place Sept 09.


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                                              SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN 08 - 09
                                         Area of Development 2 – Teaching and Learning

SIP   Key Issue     Target and Date of   Present Position   Implementation Strategy (T&L,        Monitored by    Costings   Evaluation
No                  Completion           identified by      Resources, CPD, Enrichment)                                     Strategy
2.5   Raising                                                Use of and development of
      Achievement                                              study plus units to assist in
      Subject                                                  Wave 2 intervention at KS3.
      Specific                                               Wave 2 intervention through        HOF             In staff   Monitor GCSE
      English                                                  timetabled staff assigned to      14-19 Leader.   budget.    results against
      continued                                                Y11 blocks to withdraw and                                   identified
                                                               support small groups of pupils                               pupils.
                                                               identified from mocks and
                                                               coursework as underachievers.
                                                             English, Maths, Science data       HOFs                       Core subjects
                                                               liaison team – to identify core                              progress at
                                                               issues/pupils/strategies. To                                 similar rates KS3
                                                               meet half termly.                                            + GCSE.




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                                                        SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN 08 - 09
                                                  Area of Development 3 – Monitoring and Tracking.

SIP   Key Issue       Target and Date of          Present Position   Implementation Strategy (T&L,       Monitored     Costings       Evaluation
No                    Completion                  identified by      Resources, CPD, Enrichment)         by                           Strategy
3.2   Monitoring      Refine review of pupils     Faculty            Refinements made based on
      and Tracking.   progress across Key         Review/            evaluations – 07-08
      Subject         Stages                      Faculty Self
      Specific        Nov 08                      Evaluation.        Focus on embedded AFL into Y7-      Head KS3                     Parent/Pupil
      Science         March 09                                       Y9.                                 Science.                     questionnaires.
      KS3             Sept 09
                                                                        Lesson observation in Y7         HOF                          Review of
                                                                        classes on new KS3 PO5.          HOD                          lesson obs +
                                                                        Work sampling and feedback.      KS3 leader.                  work via
                                                                                                                                      Science
                                                                                                                                      leadership
                                                                                                                                      team meetings
                                                                                                                                      Faculty
                                                                                                                                      meetings.
      Monitoring      More immediate              Faculty               Electronic tracking/monitoring   HOF           Whole school
      and Tracking.   identification of           Review/               checks use across Key Stages.                  Purchase.
      Subject         underachieving pupils       Faculty Self          Continued use of traffic light
      Specific        and effective               Evaluation.           system.
      Maths           intervention as a result.                         Progress sheets reviewed after
                                                                        all internal/external
                                                                        assessments.
                                                                        Pupils self review leading to
                                                                        pupils setting targets.
                                                                        Continued use of ‘Achieve’ to
                                                                        target specific areas of the
                                                                        curriculum that need
                                                                        development.

      KS5                                                               Tracking results and greater     Head of
                                                                        use of ALPs to monitor           KS4/KS5
                                                                        performance.                     Maths.




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                                                   SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN 08 - 09
                                                   Area of Development 5 – Community

SIP   Key Issue    Target and Date of        Present Position     Implementation Strategy (T&L,      Monitored by      Costings      Evaluation
No                 Completion                identified by        Resources, CPD, Enrichment)                                        Strategy
5.1   Community    Training of new staff     Training School           Training in School by         Training School   £500 for      Improvement
      Deanery      into School as ITT        review.                   external provider.            Manager.          trainer.      of participants
      HEI          mentors. June 09.                                   Participants identified as                                    with ITT
                                                                       being involved with ITT                                       trainees.
                                                                       programme for following
                                                                       year.
5.2   Community    To increase the           3 Schools already    Communicate with feeder            ICT Curriculum    Cover £180    Head of
      Deanery      numbers of Primary        involved.            primary schools to identify 1      Leader 11-16.     per day       Primary
      Primaries.   Schools for 3 to 4 that                        further school where the service                     where         School.
                   we video conference                            will be of benefit.                                  appropriate
                   with to improve                                     Organise further video
                   transistion KS2-KS3.                                conferencing sessions in
                   July 09.                                            conjunction with the
                                                                       primary schools.
                   To develop and deliver    Deanery web               Develop and deliver           LA / Head of      N/A           LA attendees
                   a training course by      developer has             training courses to the set   ICT.                            to complete
                   Sept 09 on ‘Web 2.0’      developed and             timescale.                                                    evaluation
                   technologies for          delivered a 3 day                                                                       form.
                   schools within the LA.    training course on
                                             the use of ‘Flash’
                                             on behalf of the
                                             LA.
                   In conjunction with LA    Members of ICT          Working with the LA to          LA Presenter.     Cover £180    LA / ICT dept
                   to develop and            dept have given         agree the requirements of                         per day       from other
                   enhance the range of      presentations at        the presentations to                              where         schools.
                   presentations and         cross LA meetings       enhance subject and                               appropriate
                   deliver more frequently   to HOD/subject          secondary strategy
                   by Sept 09.               leaders for             knowledge across LA
                                             subject                 boundries.
                                             development.




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                                                   SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN 08 - 09
                                                   Area of Development 5 – Community

SIP   Key Issue     Target and Date of        Present Position     Implementation Strategy (T&L,       Monitored by    Costings      Evaluation
No                  Completion                identified by        Resources, CPD, Enrichment)                                       Strategy
5.2                 To improve liaison with   Members of the          Will contact the feeder          Dept PL         Resource      ICT curriculum
                    Primary Schools and       department have         Primary Schools to explain       Co-ordinator.   costs.        leader 11-16.
                    provide ICT training to   established             the services we offer.           Primary         Cover £180    Head of ICT
                    teachers and pupils       contact with 8                                           Schools.        per day       Head of
                    and to increase the       Primary Schools                                                          where         Primary
                    number of Primary         and have             To develop and deliver a series                     appropriate   School.
                    Schools we work with to   delivered a series   of ICT lessons and provide
                    10 by Sept 09.            of ICT lessons.      training to teachers as required.
5.3   Community     Increase number of        Evaluation of         Increase number of                HODs            £400          Take up and
      Technology/   Primary School partners   2007-2008                Graphics, Mechanics and                                       feedback
      Primaries.    to 15.                    programme of             Food kits by 2.                                               from Primaries.
                    July 09                   Primary liaison.


                                                                                                                       £1600
                    Increase number of
                    Primary partners using
                    Krjinnor scheme from 4
                    to 6 Schools.
                                              Training School      Involvement of ITT trainees in      HOF             £250 per      T-S Review.
                    Increase in Primary       programme.           enrichment activities/learn with                    School.
                    partners involved with                         Y5/Y6.
                    Training School
                    activities from 1-3.
      Community     Increase number and                               Extend AS subjects offered
      Deanery       variety of Gifted and                              to Y11 pupils from 5 partner
      Gifted and    Talented events offered                            schools to include Geology,
      Talented.     to partner schools.                                Economics and Astrology.




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          School Improvement Plan, 2008-2011
                  Part Two: 2009/2010
Our School Improvement Plan for 2009/2010 will obviously be informed by the outcomes of our
work in 2008/2009 and any locally or nationally emerging issues. Whilst we cannot at this stage be
as specific in our plans as we can for 2008/2009, the following represents our current ‘best guess’
for Tier 1 and Tier 2 of our School Improvement Plan.


Tier 1
 In 2009/2010, our school will raise achievement by:
  embedding the arrangements for monitoring pupil and Faculty progress;
  ensuring our September 2010 Key Stage 4 Curriculum offers all learners a
    personalised, broad and balanced pathway to self-improvement and success; and
  involving students more centrally in the management of their learning.

 Specifically, we will aim to ensure that:
  we are deemed to be at least a ‘good’ school in OfSTED’s likely 2009/2010 visit;
  our 2010 GCSE results meet the High Performing Specialist School criteria; and
  the proportion of ‘good’/‘outstanding’ lessons improves from 2008/2009’s base.


Tier 2
Possible Key Developments in 2008/2009 are summarised below.
     Objective:                                                       Led by:
 Aim 1: Spiritual Development
     To embed the committed participation from pupils in groups       Headteacher, Community
 1.1
     acts of worship                                                  Director
     Building on the achievement of the Diocesan Church and
 1.2 School Partnership Award, to develop stronger links between      Community Director
     the Deanery School and the Deanery of Wigan
 Aim 2: Standards and Achievement, Teaching and Learning
     To embed pupil monitoring arrangements and consider              Headteacher, SLT Data
 2.1
     introducing a Year 8 „graduation‟                                Manager
     To maximise the resources available for intervention (in         Headteacher, Business
 2.2
     response to issues highlighted by the regular data reviews)      Manager
     To remodel post-16 provision (including the strategic
                                                                      Director of Learning,
 2.3 curriculum offer) in response to the June 2008 Away Day
                                                                      Director of Sixth Form
     (see 2007/2008‟s 4.3)
     To ensure continuing improvements are made in the quality        Director of Learning
 2.4
     of teaching                                                      Processes
                                                                                        /continued
    Objective:                                                         Led by:
Aim 3: Every Adult Matters
    To ensure Staff Training continues to be a high priority (in the
                                                                       Director of Staff
3.1 face of our possible loss of Training School status in August
                                                                       Development
    2010)
    To ensure new technologies are used to improve the                 Headteacher, Director of
3.2
    work/life balance for all staff                                    Staff Development
Aim 4: Leadership and Management
    To review communication procedures and ensure that all
4.1                                                                    Headteacher
    staff feel part of the decision-making process
    To introduce a Junior Leadership Team (of pupils) to work
4.2                                                                    Headteacher
    alongside the Senior Leadership Team
Aim 5: Resource Management (Buildings and Finance)
    To use the resources at our disposal effectively to improve
5.1                                                                    Business Manager
    our buildings




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The Deanery High School                                                       Senior Leadership Team



          School Improvement Plan, 2008-2011
                 Part Three: 2010/2011
To a certain extent, it is almost impossible at this stage to predict whole-school priorities for
2010/2011 (we have yet to meet, for example, the cohort of pupils who will be taking their Key
Stage 3 exams in 2011). However, the following represents our current ‘best guess’ for Tier 1 of
our 2010/2011 Improvement Plan.


Tier 1
 In 2010/2011, our school will raise achievement by:
  continuing to focus on (a) curriculum design, (b) classroom practice and (c) precise
    intervention as key tools in improving standards;
  initiating a wide-ranging conversation with all stakeholders in readiness for
    Building Schools for the Future (2012?); and
  reviewing how we enable our learners to become independent learners.

 Specifically, we will aim to ensure that:
  our 2011 results at Key Stage 4 and post-16 continue the upward trajectory first
   established in 2007 and 2008 respectively; and
  our learners continue to demonstrate high achievement in all five aspects of the
   Every Child Matters agenda.



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