Appraisal Statement – Autumn Term 2106
The first meetings of the 2016-17 appraisal process were completed shortly before the first half of the Autumn Term. The task of conducting these meetings was distributed amongst members of the school’s leadership team. A clear, specific brief was given to team members to ensure that this professional development process is a robust one and that its implementation results in tangible, positive impacts on pupils’ learning.
The Headteacher conducted the appraisal of all members of the Leadership Team. During their meetings with team leaders all teaching staff agreed ambitious pupil performance targets. Teachers were expected to set aspirational targets for all pupils, no matter what their current level of attainment is. The targets established for all pupils eligible for a free school meal were discussed in detail. Additional support, through a funding stream called the Pupil Premium, is available for anyone from this group of pupils who is currently performing below the national expectation for their age. In addition, all teachers set clear and specific targets designed to secure further improvements in their teaching. So, for example, one teacher set herself a target of creating more supportive learning scaffolds for lower attaining pupils; whilst another was keen to enhance the quality of her teaching of advanced reading comprehension skills, with a focus on using ‘pre-teaching’ techniques to prepare pupils to mange more challenging texts. Subject leaders, those with management responsibilities, and others with leadership responsibilities, established additional targets related to the ongoing development of the school. These targets are closely aligned to the current School Improvement Plan (2016-17) and reveal a relentless, ongoing drive for the continuous improvement of our school.
During the Spring Term a second meeting will take place to review the progress that has been made towards meeting appraisal objectives. Towards the end of the academic year, in the Summer Term, a joint evaluation by team leaders and those appraised will take place. At this meeting teachers will be asked to provide evidence to demonstrate that they have met the targets set in the Autumn Term. Pupil performance data, including a value added measure (using the average point scores in our new assessment system) is assessed annually by the Headteacher. The impact classteachers have had on pupils’ progress is evaluated and this forms an agenda item for the following year’s Autumn meeting. The Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher know precisely how much value a teacher has added year-on-year.
Principal focuses for the performance of Leadership Team members during 2016-17 will be to:
- maintain the highest pupil performance standards across the school
- continue to raise the standard of pedagogy through continuing professional development, ‘showcasing’ of successful practice, lesson analysis study and peer observation
- induct and enable colleagues who are new to the school
- embed our new school assessment system (introduced in September 2015) following the abandonment of the levels system
- raise the profile of design technology at the school
- implement Key Stage Review recommendations from past reviews and those that have been scheduled for 2015-16
- introduce the mastery approach to teaching mathematics from the early Years up to Year 3
- offer outstanding opportunities in science following the school being awarded Science Quality Mark Gold in June 2016.
Appraisal statement 2014-15
This academic year, following the introduction of the new primary curriculum in September 2014, we will be making some significant adjustments to the way we assess children. We will be launching a new, more precise way of assessing pupils’ ability. So, for example, teachers will report more specifically to parents, at parent consultation meetings, stating what a child can do, what the child needs to do next and how parents can support this improvement process.Whilst there are no failing teachers at the school, everyone is expected to show a firm commitment to the principle of continuous improvement. This is reflected in the pedagogic development targets that have been established. A principal focus for all teachers during 2015-16 will be to ask the kind of questions that will assist pupils to develop deep, secure understanding of central ideas; key concepts; key bodies of knowledge and fundamental skills. In addition, all teachers will strive to ‘make thinking visible’. In our view it is important for teachers to nurture thinking in the daily lives of learners and to make it ‘seen’ – noticing it, highlighting it and commenting upon it – so that pupils can recognise it.
Support staff are also involved in an appraisal process that consists of an autumn meeting and a summer meeting. In the former annual targets are set. In the latter performance in the previous year is evaluated and reflected upon. The requests support staff make regarding their current professional needs inform the weekly continuing professional development programme they attend. So, for example, teaching assistants and learning support assistants have expressed an interest in learning more about how to write and use social stories. They have also requested more input on using i-pad apps to support the learning of lower attaining pupils.
Mechanisms to continually improve the quality of teaching across the school feature in the targets of all experienced teachers. So, for example, in 2015-16 the school’s Leader of Learning will be working closely with the new Year 5 teacher. Two other experienced teacher will help to train two new staff members who have a long-term placement at Barnes through the schools direct initial teacher training route. A third staff member will offer very close support to a colleague with planning throughout the year. One teacher will provide a series of professional development sessions to her colleagues on how to develop the teaching of science, so we are successful in our application for the Primary Science Quality Mark gold award.
All teachers set performance targets for every pupil in reading, writing, mathematics, science and computing. The Headteacher sees and comments on the targets set by every classteacher. Targets are recorded in an electronic class tracker. Towards the end of each term classteachers assess the progress pupils have made towards reaching these targets. At this time they record their current level of attainment (the broad level and the position within this level) on their class tracker. Teacher assessments are analysed in detail by the Headteacher who provides a comprehensive evaluation of progress and a commentary on how well pupils are doing in relation to the performance targets established by teachers in the initial appraisal meeting.