Leading on Improvement - St Mary's Haslingden changing from vulnerable to great!

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McNicoll, Donna
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ISCED Level 0 Early childhood education
ISCED Level 1 Primary education
Geographical Setting
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Background: The purpose of the study was to improve the quality of teaching and learning in a small school in a disadvantaged area, with a focus on writing and mathematics, and to track pupil progress.

Aims: The main aim is to improve pupil learning by implementing consistent approaches to teaching, developing rigorous assessment systems, and providing support for teachers.

Methods: The participants in this case study are the headteacher, middle leader, subject leader, National Strategies consultant, Senior Leadership Team, and School Improvement Partner. Methods used included rigorous assessment and pupil tracking, developing subject coordinators, strengthening accountability systems, and providing CPD materials and support.

Findings: The main findings are that the school has seen a significant improvement in pupil learning, teaching, and school organisation and leadership. This was achieved through a clear vision, high quality teaching, rigorous assessment, and targeted intervention.

Implications: The findings of this case study suggest that a rigorous assessment system, high expectations, and access to leading teachers can help improve pupil learning and teaching standards in a school.
Keywords (free text)
Primary education , English - writing , Mathematics
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