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EYFS/Year 1: Mind the GAP

A year long learning Network in association with Early Excellence.

The majority of partnership schools have opted in to this new partnership with Early Excellence. Year 1 is increasingly becoming a focus area for schools with the breadth and changes to the National Curriculum to consider. This network aims to build on the success, good progress and standards achieved in the EYFS by supporting Year 1 teachers to ensure challenge, sound attainment and progress to bridge the gap into Key Stage 1.
Three sessions through the year will focus on best practice for Year 1 and reflect on a wide range of issues. Teachers will consider how children develop and learn, and how best to support, differentiate and challenge them, including: teaching approaches, curriculum delivery, effective active learning, organisation of the day and the environment

Assessment

As well as a core Assessment Group there has been a working group to focus on Year 4 Reading Assessment.

The Assessment Group meets once a term and is made up of the Assessment lead from each of the participating schools. As well as hearing direct updates from Nottingham City Schools MIT, they share experiences of Tests, Moderation, and predicted results as well as issues with reporting or new resources.
In 16/17 the group set up a working session of Year 4 teachers to focus on what ‘good’ would look like for end of Year 4 reading. Two working group afternoons resulted in a list of age related texts, assessment statements/framework and sample questions.
This working group will be continuing into 17/18 with three meetings now focussing on Year 4 writing, with the final meeting focussing on moderation.
The first two meetings of the core Assessment group will focus on SIMS - Intervention and Discovery Areas in September and Marking and Feedback in March.

A new cooordinated apporoach to moderation across the partnership school will be introduced for the academic year 17/18.

Developing Character Strengths

Developing a school ethos of Character Building has been a key theme since 2015/16.

The CLP Character project group emerged in 2015 with members working closely with the Nottingham City Council Sport, Outdoor Learning and Adventure Services (SOLAR) team to develop a draft framework for CLP schools to use.  The framework, based on academic research has been adapted for CLP schools to focus on personal and social character strengths as part of personal development.The whole school approach mirrors the healthy schools framework which many schools are already familiar with. The aim is to embed the language and approaches throughout school life rather than focussing on a single project or lesson.  In addition many schools are linking the work to “Opportunity Notts” as a means of recording the young peoples experiences and achievements. SOLAR provided a 'Train the Trainer' day for school leaders last term and many schools have already started with implementation or planning to start from September.School examples to date include focussing on a separate strength each fortnight, class display boards, staff practice CPD, and specific achievement awards.The joint work of the group also provides joint character building opportunities with other schools in the partnership such as Hot Air Balloon rides, Bushcraft days and a Services event on the Forest.

In 17/18 the partnership will be furthering this work whilst focussing on measuring Impact, extending the impact through home links and managing transition.

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