Scottish Borders Council

Agenda and draft minutes

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10.00 a.m. - Knowepark Primary School

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Minutes:

KNOWEPARK PRIMARY SCHOOL 

            In Attendance:- Mrs A. Bannerman (Depute Headteacher), Parent Council Representative, Michelle Strong (Senior Education Officer),  Christine Brown (Quality Improvement Officer), Councillor C. Penman.

 

WELCOME

1.0       The Chairman welcomed the representatives from Knowepark Primary School.

 

1.1       HMIe Report

There had been circulated copies of a briefing note by the Quality Improvement Officer to consider the findings of the HMIe inspection report in respect of Knowepark Primary School.  Also circulated was the Summarised Inspection Findings from the original inspection in June 2017, the letter to Parents dated 6 June 2017, the additional Inspection evidence, the letter to parents in February 2019 following the follow up visit, feedback from the Headteacher and Chairperson of the Parent Council.  The report outlined the findings of the inspection carried out in June 2017, in terms of the school’s particular strengths as well as the key points for action.  The key strengths identified were: (a) the Headteacher and staff were making very good progress in its approaches to continuous improvement (b) Partnership working was a strength of the school and partners feel valued for their contributions (c) the Headteacher and staff had taken well-judged steps to ensure teamwork leads to shared leadership responsibilities (d) Staff were fully committed to positive outcomes for children and had worked collaboratively in a range of ways to support the school going forward (e) Overall the school was making good progress in this aspect of its work (f) the Headteacher and staff had worked tirelessly to develop consistency in high quality learning and teaching across the school and nursery class (g) Overall, expectations of what children can achieve were higher (h) the importance of wellbeing was a strong feature of the school. Children had a very good understanding of the importance of wellbeing and resilience and the positive impact these have on their readiness to learn.  In terms of main points for action these were (a) continue to evaluate the impact of initiatives on children’s attainment and achievement (b) further work to achieve continuity and progression in learning and teaching across all stages (c) ensure developing skills in mathematics had an equally strong focus (d) continue to build on their positive work leading to improvement and ensure the best possible progress for all children.

 

1.2     The follow up report, published in February 2019 detailed findings on the progress made towards the recommendations contained within the HMIe report published in June 2017 and noted that good progress had been made towards achieving all recommendations.  No further visit had been requested and the actions identified for continuing improvement were (a) Continue to evaluate the impact of initiatives on children’s attainment and achievement (b) Further work to achieve continuity and progression in learning and teaching across all stages (c) Ensure developing skills in mathematics had an equally strong focus (d) Continue to build on their positive work leading to improvement and ensure the best possible progress for all children.

1.3     The Depute Headteacher, Arlene Bannerman, reported that in terms of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 1.

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11.00 a.m. - Coldingham Primary School

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Minutes:

COLDINGHAM PRIMARY SCHOOL

In attendance:- Mrs L Wharton (Headteacher), Mrs. K. Tweed (Parent Council Representative), Michelle Strong, Jim Marshall (Quality Improvement Officer).

 

            WELCOME

2.0       The Chairman welcomed the Coldingham Primary School representatives to the meeting.

           

            HMIe Report

2.1       There had been circulated copies of a briefing note by the Quality Improvement Officer to consider the findings of the HMIe inspection report in respect of Coldingham Primary School.  Also circulated were the Inspection Report from January 2019, the additional Inspection evidence, feedback from the Headteacher and Chairperson of the Parent Council.   The key strengths identified were: (a) The positive start made by the newly appointed Headteacher in creating a clear sense of direction.  There were supportive partnerships with parents and the local community, which offered potential for further enhancement of the school and the nursery (b) The effective self-evaluation of practitioners in the nursery, which was leading to positive learning experiences for children.  This was well supported by the principal teacher and input from the local authority (c) Capable, articulate children who were eager to learn and ready to take more responsibility for their own learning.  They were keen to contribute their ideas and be further involved in improvement (d) Staff worked well as a team to create a supportive and caring ethos across the school community.  They know children and families well and show commitment to school improvement and ensuring the needs of the children are met.  Points for action were identified as (a)  further develop self-evaluation and leadership across the primary school, particularly through the roles of class teachers and the contribution of children.  The school should continue to seek the views of all children, staff, parents and partners regularly, and use this information to inform on-going changes in the school (b) continue to improve learning and teaching across the school and nursery.  Staff should increase the pace and level of challenge, to ensure children continue to be motivated and make good progress in their learning.  Staff should continue to raise their expectations and aspirations to improve children’s attainment and achievement further (c) continue to develop a curriculum that was relevant to the school’s context and supported children to make progress and develop appropriate knowledge and skills.  Staff should ensure the effective use and understanding of assessment and tracking of children’s progress across all curriculum areas including health and wellbeing.

 

2.2     The Headteacher reported on strong professional dialogue undertaken with staff and sharing the key messages from the inspection report and the expectations going forward.  Management responsibilities had been reassigned – Principal Teacher to return to managing the ELC (commended in report) additional development time given to class teacher (commended by HMI).  Peer-evaluations of teaching and learning to be implemented and feedback from HT given with timescales of expected change.  Development of pupil voice into an active forum and relaunched expectations of pupils’ behaviour in terms of conduct and work.  Planning meetings had been increased from once a term to every 4 weeks and deployment of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 1a

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12.00 p.m. - Eyemouth Primary School

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Minutes:

EYEMOUTH  PRIMARY SCHOOL

In attendance:- Michelle Strong (Senior Education Officer), Jim Marshall (Quality Improvement Officer).

 

            WELCOME

3.0       The Chairman welcomed the Mr Marshall to the meeting.

           

            HMIe Report

3.1       There had been circulated copies of a briefing note by the Quality Improvement Officer to consider the findings of the HMIe inspection report in respect of Eyemouth Primary School.  Also circulated were the summary of Inspection findings from December 2018, the additional Inspection evidence, feedback from the Headteacher and Chairperson of the Parent Council.   The key strengths identified were: (a) Across the school and nursery, children were polite and courteous.  They were willing to learn and ready to take more responsibility for their learning (b) Staff in the nursery, primary school and early years centre were keen to engage in the process of change and improvement to secure positive outcomes for all children.  Points for action were identified as (a) Develop clearer leadership, and evaluate better the work of the school to ensure improved outcomes for all children, across the nursery and primary school (b) improve learning, teaching and assessment across the school and nursery, ensuring an appropriate level of pace and challenge.  Children should be given opportunities to lead their own learning and be more involved in evaluating their own progress and next steps (c) Raise attainment for all children.  Approaches to raising attainment should include making effective use of relevant information on children’s progress, and robust tracking and monitoring of children’s progress in learning and achievement (d) Develop a curriculum that was relevant to the whole school’s context.  This should support children in the nursery and primary school to make progress and develop appropriate knowledge and skills as they move through the school.

3.2       Mr Marshall reported that, at the time of the inspection the school had not been inspected for sometime and the Headteacher had only been in post for 1 year.  It was also reported that the school had a wealth of data but staff were not confident about measuring against benchmarks.  It was highlighted that there was a huge amount of diversity within the school with a total of 34 languages being spoken.  Mr Marshall reported on the main actions taken to address areas of development which included revisiting the Schools Vision and Values AND FROM Sea to Sky developed; development of curriculum rationale and new positive relationships policy; developing a new Tracking and Monitoring System; increasing teacher confidence in Moderation in Numeracy and Literacy; introducing contextualised wellbeing Indicators for pupils; tracking and monitoring Health and Wellbeing; Improve Quality Assurance and attainment in Numeracy and Literacy.  Progress made to date included Schools Vision and Values developed with staff, pupils and parents; Curriculum Rationale was under development.  Positive relationship policy being embedded into the school and shared with parents.  A shared in service with Coldingham and Cockburnspath Primary Schools on moderation in Literacy and Numeracy, Implementation of emerging Literacy Programme, new progression pathways in Numeracy and staff guidance on Higher Order Thinking Skills.  In response to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.

 

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