Whole school priorities for improvement

The leadership team, teachers and staff at The Willows Primary School are working together to ensure that

  •  Teachers and other adults maintain high expectations for pupils of all abilities, from all groups and in all years so that they make sustained progress, develop secure knowledge and understanding and achieve well in reading, writing and maths.

  • Consistency is developed across the school to ensure that every child receives a high quality education and experience of school - a safe and secure environment based on mutual respect, that enables all children to learn and make the most of their time at school

  • The school’s structures, systems and approaches promote independence and resilience through developing children’s understanding of their learning journey (responding to challenge, making mistakes to secure deeper learning and selecting resources to support themselves)

  • Teachers use a range of approaches and lesson structures to develop children’s thinking and ensure that all children are actively engaged in their learning through improved questioning, dialogue and interactions

  • Teachers strive for continuous improvement to ensure that they maintain an overall good or better standard of teaching and learning (planning, teaching, evidence in books, marking and feedback and assessment). 

  • Planning & teaching communicates high expectations of what the children can achieve and challenge for all – deepening learning through appropriate struggle and understanding of the importance of being in “the pit”

  • Assessment for Learning is an active part of everyday learning so that what we know, observe and find out about what children can do and their next steps REALLY makes a difference in the classroom

  • A broad and balanced curriculum is delivered to inspire pupils to learn and promotes cross-curricular learning with real life application of skills and successful progression to the next stage of education

  • Everyone plays a part in the success of the school and the achievement of goals. All staff have a good understanding of the professional culture of the school and the role they play in upholding it. CPD, coaching and peer observation are used effectively to ensure consistency across the school and secure continuous improvement

  • Leaders ensure effective adult deployment to maximise pupil learning in the classroom – all adults understanding what good learning looks like and how to make effective use of resources and the learning environment for children of all abilities