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You can download a suggested six-week improvement process and adapt it to suit the needs of your department. You can also find the specific issues that this approach can address.

Six-week improvement plan

Download the Element 3: Example six-week improvement plan (DOC-100 KB) Attachments to see what actions your English department and leadership team could take to make measurable progress towards the quality standards.

The plan provided here is based on using Assessing Pupils’ Progress (APP) processes and materials for periodic assessment.

You can adapt it to help your department address its own issues on tracking pupils' progress and using Assessment for Learning (AfL). This is followed by a review process that will help provide feedback to the senior leadership team on progress and outcomes.

Issues to overcome

Schools have found that taking a development focus on assessment and tracking has helped them address a range of issues identified by their English department. These issues include:

  • inconsistency in teachers’ internal assessments; assessments may be based on reading, writing or broadly-based impressions of an overall level
  • general targets for the whole class (rather than targets that are specifically related to learning needs for groups or individuals and based on secure assessment), causing pupils to be unsure of their levels
  • not using pupil progress data diagnostically to evaluate and adapt departmental plans, and strengthen learning in key aspects of reading and writing.