Moving beyond the floor target: Christ Church C of E Primary School, Lambeth
What was done
- Date: Jan 2008
- Programme: Improving Schools Programme (ISP)
- Focus: Tackling underachievement in schools causing concern
- Number in series: 13
- School name: Christ Church C of E Primary School
- Phase: Primary
- Key stage: Foundation Stage, Key Stages 1 and 2
- Local authority: Lambeth
- Ref: 00150-2008DWO-EN-01
- % of free school meals: 50%
What was done?
- The processes of the Intensifying Support Programme (ISP) were implemented, which was critical to improving pupil tracking and assessment systems.
- A learning and teaching policy which set high expectations was introduced.
- Joint planning with staff from the other school helped develop skills, a sharing of resources and curriculum expertise.
- Team teaching; peer support for staff; classroom observations; and scrutiny of workbooks was established.
- A whole-school behaviour policy involving restorative justice was developed.
- Whole-school training, including support staff to support the implementation of whole-school policies, was introduced.
- A Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) improved multi-agency involvement to support children and families.
- Efforts were made to engage and involve parents through coffee and breakfast mornings; additional information evenings; phoning parents about positive as well as behaviour issues; and being visible at the school gate.
Monitoring and evaluation
Success criteria for the raising attainment plan (RAP) included:
- 100 per cent of lessons to be at least satisfactory
- reduction in number of behaviour incidents
- improved attendance and punctuality
- raised levels of attainment – termly assessments and National Curriculum tests
- increased attendance of parents at pupil progress meetings and assemblies.
The LA led the process of change by:
- negotiating the federation with the Diocesan Board
- ensuring the school had expertise of consultants and advisers
- providing additional funds and Human Resources (HR) support.
The Diocesan Board provided an interim Chair of Governors, the local Archdeacon.
The school has been continuously supported by the LA and the Diocesan Board through an action group that met regularly.
What has been the overall impact?
The atmosphere is now much more positive, purposeful, happy and calm.
The key has been the two staff groups working together, sharing ideas, seeing what’s possible and having a laugh together.
The staff at both schools began to see that this was worthwhile for their own professional development. Now they operate much more like one team and the sharing of expertise is two way.