School Improvement Plan

The 2021 plan reflects the priorities set out in the National Improvement Framework 2021. In line with guidance on school improvement planning, it focuses on a small number of key priorities.

The NIF 2021 places education recovery at the heart of improvement planning and this is reflected in our outline improvement plan. 

The impact of COVID-19 continues to exert a significant influence on the operation of the school. We must take into account the following:

Secondary SQA Exams

• Alteration to courses, cancellation of exams and the requirement for secondary teachers to have confidence to mark and review pupil work for grade estimation.

• Narrowing of classroom pedagogy due to social distancing and re-thinking of approaches to common learning techniques (such as practical work) due to enhanced hygiene requirements.

Digital Technology for Teaching and Learning

A shift towards online learning and blended learning means that we have to:

  • Ensure all teaching staff continue to use digital technology to enhance teaching and learning.
  • Invest in new digital projectors to replace our existing models which are at the end of their useful life.

Parental Engagement

  • Restrictions on visitors to school has caused us to investigate alternative methods of parental engagement such as using MS Team meetings and hosting parents’ evenings virtually.

Our people

  • We will support our staff and pupils as challenges emerge.

What we hope to achieve

• All secondary staff confident in the application of SQA standards for assessment, moderation and determination of estimated grades.

• Revised assessment timeline to enhance pupil learning and provide robust evidence to support grade estimation.

• Review of pedagogy reflecting local and national guidance.

Digital:

• Replacement of interactive whiteboards.

• Digital  development plan in place with a clear focus on using technology to enhance teaching and learning.

Parental Engagement:

• Review our approach to virtual parents’ evenings and consider improvements for teachers and parents.

• Survey our pupils, parents and staff so that we can make improvements to on-line learning.

Our People:

• In-service time protected for necessary education recovery and improvement initiatives.

• Engagement with  on-line professional learning resources (mental health and well-being) to help teachers improve their own wellbeing and help pupils improve their wellbeing.

• Monitoring  our Pastoral Triage to ensure pupils (and parents) gain access to supports such as the school counsellor.

• Continue to provide a safe working environment for all staff, with risk assessment integral to adapted ways of working.

We will consider our strengths and areas for development in our next phase of school improvement. 

We will use a range of tools to help us evaluate our work including staff, pupil and parent engagement surveys, groups and reviews.

What we hope to achieve

• Plan in place for a phased approach to School and departmental self-evaluation.

• The following school improvement groups are created  with a clear remit and timeline:

o Vision, values and ethos.
o Teaching and Learning.
o Achievement and Attainment.
o Wellbeing, Equality and Inclusion.

• HGIOURS pupil voice incorporated into school improvement groups.

• SMT and HoDs trained in the inspection process.

We will take advantage of technology that allows our pupils to capture their latest and best work. We want parents to be able to view their child’s learning and for pupils to think about their own learning too.

We will re-establish a Teaching & Learning group that maps out our journey for continuous improvement in teaching and learning. This group will consider the findings from the EEF teaching toolkit and the DfE Early Career Framework.

What we hope to achieve

• Pilot the use of an interactive solution such as SeeSaw with a Primary stage.

• Implement an online self-evaluation and feedback tool for pupils in S3-S6 e.g. Achieve Hashtag Learning

• Teaching and Learning group re-established with clear aims and remit.

Our Chinese Language Centre now offers Mandarin teaching to all pupils from P5-P7 in Broomhill Primary. We hope to agree further outreach to neighbouring secondary schools.


STEM education remains a priority in Scottish education. Jordanhill School has achieved considerable success in establishing a STEM development programme to improve pupil and parent awareness of STEM education.

What we hope to achieve

• Review our current model of Mandarin teaching and fully implement P5-P7 programme at Broomhill
• Investigate links with neighbouring schools to sustain our Mandarin programme.

• Review and refresh our STEM development plan. Consider the young STEM ambassadors’ programme.

 

A national Health and Wellbeing (HWB) pupil census is under development. The school will seek to access and adapt this to our context.

The Angela Morgan review of Additional Support for Learning in Scotland made a number of recommendations for the Scottish system to adopt to improve support for young people with additional support needs.

What we hope to achieve

• Complete implementation of the Mentors in Violence Prevention programme

• Agree adaptations to HWB census to meet school context

• Consider the Morgan review and recommendations for our context to enhance our provision.

 

The success of Jordanhill School is founded on the quality, professionalism and commitment of our staff.

The revised GTCS standards place additional responsibilities on teachers to engage with professional learning to maintain the National Standard.

What we hope to achieve

• Embed the new GTCS professional standards into cycle of annual review.

• Agreement on a professional learning programme  to allow all teaching staff to keep up to date with educational research and improve pedagogy.

• Agreement of a peer observation and school exchange programme.

• Continued health and safety training for appropriate personnel.

The introduction of new food regulations (Nutritional Requirements for Food and Drink in Schools (Scotland) Regulations 2020) in schools will change practice for food provision from April 2021.

What we hope to achieve

• Embed the new guidance and regulations into food delivery. Train and upskill refectory staff in use of food analysis software.

• Pupil, parent and staff engagement in evaluating our service provision.

 

Investment is required in a number of areas of the school estate as part of on-going improvement and effiency saving e.g. heating, lighting, school playground and toilets.

Centenary events were postponed due to COVID-19.

What we hope to achieve

• Evaluate our estates plan in light of current funding to ensure on-going maintenance and readiness for any future development.

• Review and refresh our development strategy with a focus on pupil involvement and connecting with alumni.

• Deliver a new timetable for the School’s centenary dinner to be delivered in 2022.