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Our Plan 
The purpose of the plan is to identify how we can further improve and develop the work of Rode Methodist First School and Norton St Philip CofE First School, how we will manage change, and how we can make best use of resources and new opportunities available to us.
 
Priorities are identified in relation to the extent to which they:
·         maintain and raise standards of achievement
·         improve the quality of teaching and learning
·         broaden and enrich children’s educational experience
·         provide for children’s social development and self-esteem
·         improve facilities offered to pupils and staff
·         improve our partnership with parents and carers
·         provide outstanding value for money
·         develop our Federation and our partnership working with other schools
 
We have considered priorities for the school year ahead in the light of:
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pupil outcomes 2015
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outcomes from our own monitoring and evaluation since Ofsted inspections in 2013 for NSP and 2008 for Rode
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consultation with staff, children and stakeholders
· discussion and evaluation with external support such as our School Evaluation Partner and Somerset Advisors
· the financial position and opportunities to generate income, including applying for grants
· current National initiatives including the ongoing development of the Curriculum and related assessment systems
 
SDP Targets
This year’s SDP has 4 targets. Within each target there are several tasks and the scope of the targets mean that it is an ambitious plan, focused specifically on responding to the new national curriculum, changes to assessment and embedding the school’s learning approaches, thus raising achievement even further. A key aspect of the plan is the part that stakeholders and especially children have played and that they will be involved in each stage as well as the scope to develop areas of shared practice across the partnership. The school budget plan is cross referenced to the action points.
 
SDP 2015/16 - Targets At A Glance
Priority 1: to continue to develop an inspirational and creative curriculum where learning is an adventure 
 
Priority 2: to embed effective tracking and assessment systems to have a greater impact on teaching and learning
Priority 3: to define and develop our distinctive characteristics within our communities including, spiritual, moral, social & cultural characteristics, Christian characteristics and values, as well as our Growing minds Project.
Priority 4: To embed the Arts Council England’s Quality principles within both our schools and to achieve the Gold Artsmark Award: -Striving for excellence, Emphasising authenticity, Being inspiring and engaging, Ensuring a child- centred approach, Actively involving children, Providing a sense of progression, Developing a sense of ownership and belonging