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School Improvement Partners (SIPs) e-newsletter: Autumn 2009

Primary: Using CLLD resources to support self-evaluation

Essential Briefing

Headteachers are finding that many of the tools and resources within the Communications, Language and Literacy Development (CLLD) programme are particularly useful in supporting robust self-evaluation and clear evidencing of impact. Key resources include the:

  • phonics tracking sheet and assessment guidance supporting judgements about how well children are doing (A2 level). These resources also help schools to judge if assessment is robust and moderated in schools and whether data is being used to identify children at risk of underachievement.
  • audit tools and the prompts for the evaluation of teaching and learning of early reading and writing that help schools to evaluate the provision for the teaching of early literacy (A3 level). These resources also help schools to evaluate to what extent the school is building on internal and external good practice to sustain improvement.

All these resources, and other materials and guidance to stimulate development and improvement in relation to early literacy, can be found on the CLLD section of the National Strategies web area.

Powerful Questions

  • What does phonic phase-tracking tell the school about current pupil progress in foundation stage and Key Stage 1?
  • Is the leadership and management of the early reading agenda supporting schools' capacity and ability to sustain improvements?