School of Ambition May 2007 Progress Update

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  • Good progress but need to do more to embed video-conferencing and use of web-cams.
  • Excellent progress but need to do more in relation to Pupil Councils. Steering Group parental involvement has increased with more suggestions forthcoming
  • Very good progress but need more engagement with Pupil Councils and pupil seminars.
  • Very good progress but need more engagement with Pupil Councils and pupil seminars.
  • Excellent progress resulting in close partnerships. Children aware of SoA and benefiting from liaison and smoother transition. Increased interest in Modern Languages.
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  • . Excellent progress but seeking to increase contacts.
  • School of Ambition May 2007 Progress Update

    1. 1. Schools of Ambition Progress on the Implementation Plan May 2007
    2. 2. Elements of the Plan <ul><li>There are 5 visions or elements in the Plan:- </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make the school more lively, diverse and colourful for pupils. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Change behaviour and attitudes to education. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Broaden ambitions of pupils. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhance level of pupil engagement with education. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Produce respectful, responsible, global citizens who become effective contributors to society. </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Make the school more lively, diverse and colourful for pupils. <ul><li>Key Element of Transformation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1a) Whole school, parents and wider community involvement. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Strategy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PUPILS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Assemblies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Banners & posters </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Confidence Measurement </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>S2 clubs, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>competitions, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ambassadors, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ICT questionnaire. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Make the school more lively, diverse and colourful for pupils. <ul><li>Key Element of Transformation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1a) Whole school, parents and wider community involvement. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Strategy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PARENTS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Leaflet, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Newsletter </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Website </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Parents’ evenings </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Steering Group </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>School Board & PTA </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ambassadors </li></ul></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Make the school more lively, diverse and colourful for pupils. <ul><li>Key Element of Transformation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1a) Whole school, parents and wider community involvement. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Strategy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>STAFF </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Shared vision </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>DM’s </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Core Group </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Steering Group </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SMT </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>in-service on formative assessment and IT </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Studiocode </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SoA funding bids </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Transparency </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PT’s justify bids and evaluate success </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ambassadors </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Conferences at Sea </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>staff evaluations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>staff focus groups. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Make the school more lively, diverse and colourful for pupils. <ul><li>Key Element of Transformation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1a) Whole school, parents and wider community involvement. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Strategy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>WIDER COMMUNITY </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Engagement with the press at local and national level. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Case studies to SoA/LTS website. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Make the school more lively, diverse and colourful for pupils. <ul><li>1b) Themed Days </li></ul><ul><li>1c) SoA Focus </li></ul><ul><li>Modern Languages S1 </li></ul><ul><li>Arts S2 </li></ul><ul><li>Sciences SciFun S2, </li></ul><ul><li>Maths Puzzle S2 (more planned) </li></ul><ul><li>Anti-Sectarianism S2 ( Joint event with other local high school.) </li></ul><ul><li>Intervention Days S1-S6 with several subjects joining English. </li></ul><ul><li>Acting DHT appointed. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Make the school more lively, diverse and colourful for pupils. <ul><li>1d) IT Training </li></ul><ul><li>Use of SoA budget to free up staff to deliver extensive in-house in-service. </li></ul><ul><li>Studiocode, </li></ul><ul><ul><li>self-evaluation and dissemination of good practice. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Video Conferencing and web-cam link in place with St. Flannan’s from May 2007. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Major item on Action Research Agenda. </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Change Behaviour & Attitudes to Education <ul><li>2a) Communication with all stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Communication through newsletter, website, leaflets, updates, </li></ul><ul><li>Core Group & staff meetings, </li></ul><ul><li>Pupil Councils </li></ul><ul><li>Local press. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Change Behaviour & Attitudes to Education <ul><li>2b) Parental Involvement </li></ul><ul><li>2c) Parental Involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Newsletter, leaflets & website, </li></ul><ul><li>Steering Group </li></ul><ul><li>School Board & PTA </li></ul><ul><li>Parents evenings. </li></ul><ul><li>Steering Group. </li></ul>
    11. 11. Change Behaviour & Attitudes to Education <ul><li>2d) Formative Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Development of whole-school Formative Assessment methodologies through SoA and ACfE/AifL. </li></ul><ul><li>In-service of staff from a range of subjects e.g. Science, Maths, English. </li></ul><ul><li>In-house in-service on IT and related FA. </li></ul><ul><li>English Intervention Programme and related cascade. </li></ul><ul><li>Departments completing LTS/AifL toolkit. </li></ul><ul><li>Shared methodologies through Primary/Secondary liaison. </li></ul><ul><li>Cluster planning to ensure continuous development. </li></ul>
    12. 12. Broaden ambitions of pupils. <ul><li>3a) Pupil Involvement </li></ul><ul><li>School shows. </li></ul><ul><li>Year assemblies. </li></ul><ul><li>Pupils aware of progress towards achieving targets. </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion at Pupil Councils, Ambassadors programme. </li></ul><ul><li>St. Ninian’s in-house Ambassadors Programme. </li></ul><ul><li>All pupils receive Learning Games. </li></ul><ul><li>Theme Days. </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative Project e.g. “Business Brains for a Material World”, Food Challenge. </li></ul>
    13. 13. Broaden ambitions of pupils. <ul><li>3b) Confident Individuals </li></ul><ul><li>S2 PSE lessons on confidence. Joint anti-sectarianism project. </li></ul><ul><li>Out of class engagements, clubs, competitions, school shows, personal statements, debating. Leadership development. </li></ul><ul><li>In-house Ambassadors programme. </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Games. </li></ul><ul><li>Constant emphasis on ambition, achievement, learning, attainment, positive behaviour, attendance. </li></ul><ul><li>ACfE, living walls, 4 capacities, formative assessment programmes. </li></ul>
    14. 14. Broaden ambitions of pupils. <ul><li>3b) Confident Individuals </li></ul><ul><li>S2 PSE lessons on confidence. Joint anti-sectarianism project. </li></ul><ul><li>Out of class engagements, clubs, competitions, school shows, personal statements, debating. Leadership development. </li></ul><ul><li>In-house Ambassadors programme. </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Games. </li></ul><ul><li>Constant emphasis on ambition, achievement, learning, attainment, positive behaviour, attendance. </li></ul><ul><li>ACfE, living walls, 4 capacities, formative assessment programmes. </li></ul>
    15. 15. Enhance level of pupil engagement with education <ul><li>4a) Improve Modern Languages provision </li></ul><ul><li>Enhanced staffing and increased use of Assistants. </li></ul><ul><li>Appointment of Principal Teacher SoA with clear responsibilities and working closely with PT Modern Languages. </li></ul>
    16. 16. Enhance level of pupil engagement with education <ul><li>4b) Strengthen links with partner primaries </li></ul><ul><li>Timetabled programme of visits to partners, enhanced liaison, IT link ups, blogging, webcams, e-mails, video-conferencing. </li></ul><ul><li>On-going evaluation at cluster meetings and major item in Action Research agenda. </li></ul><ul><li>Developing links with local primaries through International Education. </li></ul>
    17. 17. Enhance level of pupil engagement with education <ul><li>4c) Additional use of MFL assistants </li></ul><ul><li>Productive use of assistants e.g. French assistant accompanied S6 pupils to Strasbourg and helped to produce the DVD for entry to the EU Parliament competition. </li></ul><ul><li>Italian assistant recorded the examination. </li></ul><ul><li>Spanish assistant now working with Carme on researching material for AH and making recordings. Making maximum use of 2 native Spanish speakers. </li></ul>
    18. 18. Enhance level of pupil engagement with education <ul><li>4d) Increased uptake of MFL </li></ul><ul><li>4e) Consistency of pupil engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Whole department in-service on SQA Languages in Work option. </li></ul><ul><li>Extensive purchase of IT hardware and software. Projectors, smartboards, laptops, Activote, camcorders, webcams, microphones, digital camera. </li></ul><ul><li>Immersion week in France. Website communication to home. </li></ul>
    19. 19. Enhance level of pupil engagement with education <ul><li>4f) Spread of good IT practice </li></ul><ul><li>SoA funded enhanced staffing allows the co-ordinated delivery of in-house in-service on use of IT. Almost all departments have taken advantage. </li></ul><ul><li>IT enhances the delivery of quality teaching. </li></ul><ul><li>Action Research. . </li></ul>
    20. 20. Enhance level of pupil engagement with education <ul><li>4d) Increased uptake of MFL </li></ul><ul><li>4e) Consistency of pupil engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Whole department in-service on SQA Languages in Work option. </li></ul><ul><li>Extensive purchase of IT hardware and software. Projectors, smartboards, laptops, Activote, camcorders, webcams, microphones, digital camera. </li></ul><ul><li>Immersion week in France. Website communication to home. </li></ul>
    21. 21. Produce respectful, responsible, global citizens who become effective contributors to society. <ul><li>Use of IT to communicate with other countries </li></ul><ul><li>Lengthy delay in installation of video-conferencing facilities. </li></ul><ul><li>Now actively pursuing links with schools in France and Japan. </li></ul><ul><li>Registered on Global School Partnership network. </li></ul><ul><li>SoA web cams in partner primaries and development of blogging and video-conferencing. </li></ul>
    22. 22. <ul><li>6a) Develop links with pupils in other countries </li></ul><ul><li>Pursuing link with a school in France with e-mail and hopefully video-linking. Working on exchange visit with Japanese pupils and students. </li></ul><ul><li>Senior pupil exchange visit arrangement with school in Fougeres in France. Students undertake work experience in France and Italy.AH students take part in EuroScola debate in EU Parliament. </li></ul><ul><li>Twice commended for teaching and chairing debate </li></ul><ul><li>Current S6 have completed a TV programme debating in French, the future of Europe. </li></ul><ul><li>Entered for EU Parliament competitions. </li></ul><ul><li>Each year a number of senior Spanish students attend 2 week summer school at Barcelona university (mentor from Strathclyde University) </li></ul><ul><li>Some SoA funding is devoted to the RE department Project Partnership with 6 other Scottish schools. the group plans and organises reciprocal visits from pupils and staff from the Bangalore region of India. Video link after March 2007. Two S4 pupils will attend a weekend youth leadership course. </li></ul>
    23. 23. <ul><li>Develop links with the business community </li></ul><ul><li>Close links with Morgan Stanley Finance. Visiting speaker from MS Management. Financial contribution from MS to St. Ninian’s. </li></ul><ul><li>Mentoring. </li></ul><ul><li>Centre visits.In-service on use of IT from “The Sports People” following agreement to pilot Studiocode hardware. </li></ul><ul><li>One member of staff from World Challenge will spend one day a week in school to help develop leadership skills in pupils. </li></ul><ul><li>Close relationship with printing firm TCMS. </li></ul>

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