Equalities Objectives Report

Stormont House School: Progress Towards Equalities Objectives (Reviewed February 2014)

Objective 1: To ensure that all pupils make the best possible progress in both English and Maths, with the ambition of upper quartile progress in both subjects.  Our strategy will be to secure baseline assessments, provide high quality teaching, intervention and support strategies, all of which will be internally and externally quality assured.

Progress towards Objective 1:

•Baseline assessments in English and Maths on entry to the school are rigorous and subject to both internal moderation in the school and the external moderation by the Local Authority. The external moderation shows that the actual starting point for a large number of pupils is significantly below the unmoderated teacher assessment levels reported at the end of Key Stage 2.
•Pupil progress remains greater overall in English than in Maths. Pupils are taught English in class groups and Literacy in ability groupings in each Key Stage.
•A more rigorous and precise way of marking is now in place across all subjects, led by English and Maths, including the use of green to identify pupils’ strengths and orange to point out where improvements need to be made and to extend pupils. This marking system also refers to differentiated success criteria, which enable pupils to be clear about their progress and next targets.
Next steps: (Leadership & Management Plan 1.4, 2.2.6)

1)Improve Maths attainment under exam conditions to narrow gap with English attainment: Revised programmes of study; pupil progress reviews; targeted pupil intervention (tutorials and Numbers Count); improved homework (Mathletics); consultant support; Teaching Assistant CPD
2)Review current English and Literacy provision in light of new National Curriculum, accreditation routes and 3 of the 5 teachers arriving recently from primary settings.
3)Introduce Accelerated Reader and prepare for use of Library in new school.

Objective 2: To review our curriculum to further improve post-16 progression for all pupils.

Progress towards Objective 2:

The very large increase in examination point scores due to new accreditation opportunities in
•Functional Skills (English, Maths, ICT),
•Work-Related Learning (ASDAN Award of Personal Effectiveness)
•BTEC Sport & Active Leisure (Level 1 Certificate)
•Home Cooking Skills (small BTEC)
•Applied Science BTEC rather than GCSE

The second area of progress is with our plan to open a Year 12/ Sixth Form at Stormont House School from September 2014. Our Study Programme will run for 5 days per week including school, a choice of college courses and involvement in enterprise projects and extended work experience.

Next steps: (Leadership & Management Plan 1.1.2 & 1.1.3)

Key Stage 4:

•Expand to ASDAN Certificate using PSD/ Hist/ Geog/ RE short courses,
•Art and DT vocational courses at Entry 3/ Level 1 (D-G equivalent) (link DT and FT)
•Consider Computing options in addition to or instead of ICT Functional Skills
•3- year vocational courses Y9-11

Key Stage 5:

 A first-class Year 12 Study Programme for September 2014 that incorporates vocational courses in other settings and extended/ modified school-based accreditation:
•1:1 interviews with current Year 11s to ensure offer builds on aspiration and current attainment levels
•Build partnerships with colleges and other providers
•Ensure ‘adaptive’ curriculum and accreditation offer
•Successful DFE redesignation

A copy of our Equalities and Diversity Policy is available on request.  Please apply in writing or by email to the school.