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Enhancing teaching and learning through staff development abroad.
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

It is hoped that our broad approach to improving the school throughout a range of discrete subjects, leadership improvement and competencies that traverse individual subjects, will achieve the schools ambitions of continuing improvement. We feel that enacting our plan over a two year period is the most effective strategy in achieving the intended improvement, in addition to consolidating a culture of continual professional development for staff, including school and subject leaders.This 2-year school improvement project aims to:a) Raise standards of teaching and learning in Mathematics, English, Modern Foreign Languages, ICT and Early Years:Key staff: 2 middle leaders, 1 senior leader, 1 early years teacher, teacher mentors, 1 teaching assistant and 1 governorMethodology: Training experiences for curriculum leaders and support staff in Belgium (maths), Spain (language and visual narrative) and Italy (early years)Results: Subject leaders will review and modify their curriculum plans and work with staff to develop good practice.The quality of teaching and learning will be improved across the curriculum.Long term impact: Excellence is achieved in teaching and learning through strong leadership that supports the development skills of teaching and support staff.b) To develop senior leaders and develop a leadership succession plan: Key staff: head teacher, newly appointed deputy head and chair of governorsMethodology: Improve knowledge and understanding of leadership through the sharing and reflection on good practice in Finland.Results: Senior Leaders and governors will acquire improved management skills in an international settingLong term impact: Senior Leaders and governors will be able to work collaboratively with leaders and managers in other schools, development of an aspiring head teacher into the role of head. and learning and management become outstanding.c) To develop the global dimension of the curriculum:Key staff: 1 middle leader and head teacherMethodology: Improve knowledge and understanding of global moral and social issues through leaders participating in training in Spain.Results: Leaders will review long term curriculum plans to build on existing good practice and to ensure as many opportunities as possible exist for study of global issues and understanding.Long term impact: The school becomes an exemplar in the teaching of global issues with well-informed staff and children who are able to consider and reflect on moral and social issues without prejudice and are able to stand up for their rights and those of others in 21st century Britain and the modern world.d) To maximise the use of existing and future technology in schoolKey staff: 1 middle leader and ICT technicianMethodology: Staff extend their knowledge for the creative use of ipads across the curriculum whilst working and sharing ideas and experiences with other practitioners in Spain.Results: Staff and leaders will review the use of ipads in school and develop integrated and creative approaches to the use of ICT in the curriculum.Long term impact: Standards are raised across the curriculum through outstanding ICT and curriculum provision and school staff able to offer their expertise to colleagues in local schools.

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