School Improvement Plan

The 2020 plan reflects the priorities set out in the National Improvement Framework 2020. In line with guidance on school improvement planning, it focuses on a small number of key priorities.

Parents are central in shaping many aspects of the school’s work. An icon appears against priorities where they will play a significant role.

Pupils also play a key role in evaluating the work of the school and their experience of it. In 2020 we will continue our work using the young person’s guide to How Good is OUR School?.

Delivering for You 2019 sets out what we achieved in 2019.

Digital Literacy remains a key priority and we will build on the success of our Office 365 portal. A facility for parents to be alerted to due assignments and homework will be implemented during 2020.

In implementing our STEM development plan we will be contributing to the national conference in March 2020 and applying to offer the Young STEM Leaders programme.

Learning for Sustainability integrates a range of programmes and activities. Our policy was updated in November 2019 to reflect the outcomes of the national children’s rights and wellbeing impact assessment. The contributing strands of practical activity will be reviewed in 2020.

Our Chinese Language Centre will continue to expand with Higher Grade being offered and Mandarin teaching extending to all pupils from P5-P7 in Broomhill Primary. We hope to agree further outreach to neighbouring secondary schools.

What we hope to achieve

  • Expand resources and interactive use of O365 including parent alerts
  • Replace interactive whiteboards
  • Review digital literacy content across the BGE curriculum
  • Review eligibility for Digital Schools Award
  • Register with Young STEM Leaders programme and offer from 2020-21
  • Contribute to STEM Scotland conference
  • Review national STEM Strategy report year 2
  • Review eligibility for Gender Kitemark
  • Complete update of Learning for Sustainability policy
  • Review emerging options for qualifications and awards
  • Implement P5-P7 programme at Broomhill
  • First presentation of Jordanhill candidates for Higher Mandarin
  • Commence N5 Mandarin for S3 in partner secondary schools
  • Implement year 1 programme in new partner schools

Our priorities are guided by the needs and interests of each child and their family. Parents can hear about and shape practice at focus group events, seminars and Parent Conferences and via our regular opinion surveys.

Scottish Government has piloted a Parental Involvement and Engagement (PIE) census which might replace the survey we have conducted over the last 21 years.

In 2019 our pupils used the young person’s guide to How Good is OUR School? to evaluate themes 3, 4 and 6. They will review the remaining 3 themes in 2020.

We also intend to survey pupils on key themes relating to health and wellbeing and their general perspective of the school.

What we hope to achieve

With parents

  • Focus group discussion on
  • Parents web page and Office 365
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • New regulations on school food
  • Parent contribution in an empowered system and barriers to engagement

  • Consider implications of HMIe thematic review of ‘Family Learning’
  • Engage with Education Scotland stakeholder events in 2020-21
  • Agree adaptations to PIE census to meet school context
  • Conduct PIE census

With pupils

  • Undertake self-evaluation on
    • Theme 5 Our Successes and Achievements
    • Theme 1 Our Relationships
    • Theme 2 Our School and Community
      Identify action points arising
  • P7-S3 questionnaire on being healthy and active and selected HMIe questions
  • See HWB census under Supporting Pupils

In 2020 we will continue our focus on improving mental health, wellbeing and resilience building on our Gold Rights Respecting School Award.

Scottish Government is funding the provision of counselling services for young people age 10+. The school is reviewing current provision to meet the new criteria

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

Course choice information and processes will be updated to reflect guidance from our Gender Balance group.

What we hope to achieve

  • Publish our Mental Wellbeing support on the web site and O365
  • Complete implementation of the Mentors in Violence Prevention programme
  • Evaluate use of the Rainbow Room to support vulnerable young people.

  • Submit plans for Counselling Service to Scottish Government
  • Agree adaptations to HWB census to meet school context
  • Implement and act on findings as appropriate
    Course Choice
  • Transfer all information to web site
  • Content to reflect gender balance guidance
  • Course choice surveys transfer to O365 to provide home and school access
  • Feedback from pupils and parents
  • Achieve Gender Action recognition

The success of Jordanhill School is founded on the quality, professionalism and commitment of our staff. We will consult staff on how best this might be supported in the context of the emerging agenda on ‘empowered schools’.

Leadership is a key priority and we have created a bespoke programme based on the needs and priorities identified by staff.

Extensive professional learning activities will be undertaken to support the priorities identified in other sections of the School Improvement Plan: SNSA, STEM, digital learning, RSHP, mental health, equalities and teaching and learningA wide-ranging training plan for support staff will be delivered by City of Glasgow College funded by the Flexible Workforce Training Fund.

What we hope to achieve

  • Consult staff on the key features of an empowered school in our context
  • Deliver SCEL Collaborative Middle Leadership programme agreed for 2020-21
  • Implement ‘Flexible Workforce Training Plan’
  • Access training programmes on SNSA, STEM, RSHP,  Gender Balance, LGBTI+ and Digital Learning
  • Participate in Learning Together National Network meetings on effective teaching and learning
  • Review HMIe thematic report on highly effective practice in assessment
  • Consider outcomes of the independent review of the Senior Phase
  • Continue the work of our collaborative professional learning groups


The P.E. block and Science/D&T facilities are now over 50 years old and in need of major investment.

A series of events are planned to mark the centenary of the school in 2020. These will be progressed along with the school’s wider development strategy ‘Striving Higher’.

What we hope to achieve

  • Progress plans to extend and refurbish the P.E block
  • Develop plans for new STEM facilities
  • Deliver the centenary events
  • Develop and implement pupil proposals to mark the centenary
  • Progress and update  the Development Strategy

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

  • BGE Levels: Literacy and Numeracy
  • Standardised Test outcomes: PTE and PTM (P4, P6 and S1); CAT (S1)
  • Scottish National Standardised Assessments in Reading, Writing and Numeracy (P1, P4, P7 and S3)
  • National BGE Toolkit
  • Analysis of reports to parents
  • National Qualification outcomes
  • Senior Phase Insight statistics
  • These are reviewed against characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, ASN, 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 which are reported on in our Annual Reports.

Further information is available on our School Improvement page.

Key National Outcomes