School Improvement Plan

This version of the plan (June 2018) updates that published in January. The plan will be formally evaluated in November 2018. Items which have been completed since January appear as green text.
The national environment is one of significant challenge and change. Scottish Government has confirmed that the school will retain its Grant Aided status. However, the  budget settlement over the next two years requires the school to reduce teacher numbers and to make additional significant cash savings in annual expenditure. While this will reduce the range of direct provision that the school can offer, the forthcoming Education Bill along with the creation of the Regional Improvement Collaboratives and the introduction of the Headteacher Charter may offer opportunities to reshape aspects of our partnership working to alleviate such pressures.
This plan reflects national priorities set out in the National Improvement Framework 2018 and the guidance on school improvement planning. (Updated advice will be published shortly and this will be reflected in the June update.) In line with this advice the plan focuses on a small number of key priorities.
Parents play a key role in shaping many aspects of the school’s work. appears against priorities where parents will play a significant role.

The National Improvement Framework identifies the need for more robust and consistent evidence on pupil progress. A national  Improvement Toolkit for the Broad General Education (BGE) phase (P1-S3) will be launched early in 2018.
The Scottish National Standardised Assessments (SNSA) in Reading, Writing and Numeracy will be introduced in 2018 for pupils in P1, P4, P7 and S3.
We are continuing to develop our matrix of key indicators to identify potential needs and interventions and to identify any gaps in attainment and health and wel-lbeing.

Revised National Qualifications are being introduced commencing with National 5 in 2017-18 with Higher following in 2018-19 and Advanced Higher in 2019-20.
Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) seeks to expand high quality, high value opportunities for young people to develop the skills and earn the qualifications required to gain fulfilling employment.

What we hope to achieve

  • Implement national training programmes on SNSA
  • Benchmark outcomes of SNSA against existing assessments.
  • Review moderation procedures in light of national data, BGE toolkit and SNSA outcomes
  • Ensure effective use of assessment as an integral part of planning learning and teaching
  • Complete training on the new national BGE toolkit
  • High levels of staff confidence in judging BGE levels
  • Quality of pupil level information enhanced to inform intervention strategies
  • Pupils and parents take key decisions using high quality information
  • Review impact of NQ assessment changes on pupils and staff
  • Update information and guidance for parents on curricular pathways and course choice
  • Review pupil experience, articulation to NQs in S4 and beyond
  • Expand the range of opportunities for young people through school college partnerships and wider DYW initiatives
  • Undertake a review of Library provision

The school has been implementing its STEM development plan throughout 2017 and as part of this signed an agreement with Jacobs in July. Plans are being updated to reflect the Scottish Government’s STEM Education and Training Strategy published  in October 2017.
The school has very high uptake of STEM subjects and in particular of Advanced Highers. We hope to expand provision within our AH Hub for the benefit of pupils at Jordanhill and across Glasgow.

What we hope to achieve

  • Continue to implement our STEM Development Plan
  • Access new national online resource and professional learning in Primary
  • Assess provision against new self-evaluation and improvement framework
  • Attract funding to expand STEM provision within our AH Hub
  • Attract funding to develop technology enhanced learning spaces

The school implemented ML 1+2 in full from August 2016 some 4 years ahead of the national target of 2020.
Our Chinese Language Centre and Confucius Classroom opened in August 2016. We shall continue to implement the Centre’s strategic plan.

What we hope to achieve

  • Review year 2 of Chinese Language Centre
  • Implement Mandarin outreach programme to S3 in neighbouring schools
  • Appointment a second teacher of Mandarin
  • Deliver our Confucius Classroom operational plan
  • Review pupil attainment in French by P5 and update the P6-P7 experience
  • Apply for further Erasmus+ immersion training in French for Primary teachers

Having achieved Level 1 Rights Respecting School status in 2016 we are seeking to achieve Level 2 in 2018. As part of this we are reviewing our aims and values and our anti-bullying strategy in partnership with stakeholders.
Education Scotland will publish a refreshed toolkit on learning at home and family learning in 2018.
A young person’s guide to How Good is our School? will be published in April 2018. We will review our pupil engagement and surveys to reflect this and the updated questionnaires used by HMIe.
Our parent conferences and longitudinal surveys provide opportunities for parents to hear about and comment on developments and practice and to provide feedback thereon.

What we hope to achieve

  • Complete consultation on aims and values
    • Parents and pupils
  • Published updated anti-bullying strategy
  • Rights Respecting School Award Level 2 award achieved
  • Review Toolkit on Family Learning and identify relevant action points
  • Engage with Scottish Government on appointment of home to school link worker for 2019 (NIF 2018)
  • Identify action points arising from the young person’s guide to HGIOS
  • Update pupil questionnaires
  • Complete our 6th Primary parents’ longitudinal survey
    • Publish results
  • Identify new opportunities for parent engagement drawing on feedback and emerging priorities
  • Update our Complaints Policy

The success of the school is founded on the quality, professionalism and commitment of our staff. We aim to provide opportunities for high quality learning and leadership for staff at all levels.
Our Teaching & Learning Group has created an Teaching Toolkit and alongside this a self-evaluation guide for teachers. This builds on the toolkit for Heads of Department.
Following discussions with the Scottish College for Educational Leadership we intend to deliver a programme to support current and aspiring middle leaders. This will be complemented by support tools from Leadership Matters.
We will engage with the Regional Improvement Collaboratives to ensure access for staff and pupils to the emerging support networks.

What we hope to achieve

  • Launch the Teaching Toolkit at February in-service day
  • Implement a programme of professional learning to support key aspects of the toolkit
  • Deliver a suite of digital learning opportunities to support the toolkit and learning in and beyond the classroom
  • Access to the new national professional learning opportunities in STEM for Primary staff
  • Implement a Collaborative Middle Leadership programme with SCEL
  • Continue implementation of the HoDs’ self-evaluation toolkit
  • Complete our 6th staff longitudinal satisfaction survey
  • Positive feedback from staff on Professional Review and Development and Professional Update
  • Agree a framework agreement with the RIC

        

We use a wide variety of data to track pupil progress and monitor overall performance

  • Broad General Education Levels: Literacy and Numeracy
  • Standardised Test outcomes: PTE and PTM (P4, P6 and S1); CAT (S1)
  • SNSA in Reading, Writing and Numeracy (P1, P4, P7 and S3) from 2018
  • BGE Toolkit from 2018
  • Analysis of reports to parents
  • National Qualification outcomes
  • Senior Phase Insight statistics
  • These are reviewed against characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, Additional Support Needs, Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) for the individual and collectively

School and leadership performance is tracked through longitudinal surveys of parent, staff and pupil perceptions combined with a range of external audits such as Investor in People, ICT Mark, Rights Respecting School etc. All of these are reported on in our Annual Reports.

Further information is available on our School Improvement page.

Key National Outcomes

  • Our children have the best possible start in life and are ready to succeed
  • We have tackled the significant inequalities in Scottish Society
  • We have improved the life chances for children, young people and families at risk.