Harrow Way Middle Leader Bulletin Edition ‘20’ 24th July

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As we approach the end of the school year, I want to take the opportunity to thank you for your hard work and ongoing dedication to Harrow Way. I am incredibly proud of the Middle Leadership team at Harrow Way and was delighted that Ofsted identified how driven we are to improve student outcomes.

‘’Senior and middle leaders are resolute in ensuring that all pupils make good progress. ‘’ Ofsted May 2017

Middle leaders, the engine room of the school, sit at the heart of this drive identified by Ofsted.  You lead teams of teachers – turning senior leadership’s strategy into outstanding classroom practice on a daily basis. Research shows us that High-performing middle leaders drive consistent teacher quality in their areas of responsibility through curriculum leadership, data analysis to identify pupil underperformance, lesson observations, holding staff to account and developing staff. They also ensure consistency across the school by collaborating and challenging their fellow middle leaders, influencing whole school behaviours through sharing, coaching and mentoring.

I want to take this opportunity to wish three Middle Leaders, Callie Essop and Majdeline Bousarghin , all the very best in their exciting moves to Malaysia and Vicki Herbert all the very best with her move to Henry Beaufort. Thank you for all you have done for students at Harrow Way.

There have been a few changes/additions in the ‘Middle Leadership Team’ for September 2017

  • Rebecca Calder Curriculum Leader for Humanities/Geography
  • Kelly Campbell – Lead Practitioner for Geography
  • Vicki Thompson – Lead Practitioner for English
  • Christina Brown – Curriculum Leader for History
  • Saira Priestman – Curriculum Leader for RE/ R&R
  • Sara Benyon Thomas – Year Leader for Year 7 – Sara will be line managed by Elaine Escritt (Transition Learning Manager and Primary liaison) Sara will take the Year group through to Year 11 and Elaine will continue to stay with Year 7
  • David Cade – Curriculum Leader for D&T and Year Leader for Year 9
  • Julia Phillips – Acting Curriculum Leader for MFL

Nic Reed will also be supporting Graeme with the timetable in addition to being Year Leader for Year 10. Paul Townsend will also work very closely with Nicola Pearce in his new role as Data and Tracking Coordinator

Kiril and Jay will have enhanced roles as Director of Maths and Numeracy and Director of English and Literacy. Kevin Peebles will also change his role from Lead Practitioner of ICT/Computing and become an Associate Senior Leader

Leadership Team (Senior and Middle)

Please find in this link – LT Role Matrix


The Calendar and Department Planning

The 2017-2018 Calendar is now available to view on the VLE.

Caroline mentioned at our last INSET day the quite radical move we have made regarding meetings.  The idea is simple.  Every few weeks, department teams will meet and talk about what they are teaching over the next fortnight – and how to teach it well.  This approach fits with what the evidence suggests effective CPD should look like:

  • Subject specific.
  • Regular
  • Collaborative
  • Within the context of what is being taught at that time.

I am sure these meetings will be incredibly focused, rich and varied in their approach.  Caroline will be going through this again in September.

Start of term INSET and Year 7


Nicola and Caroline have sent the arrangements for these dates. The links below are for these documents


Sept Year 7

Scorecards and DIPs

Thank you for completing these I had a full set on Friday! I have read the majority and have been impressed with the quality of the self-evaluation and your plans for  2017/2018.

Strategic Vision 2017-2020


Below is the link to our ‘Strategic Vision for 2017-2020’  I will be going through this in more detail during the INSET day in September.

Strategic Vision 2017-2020

As always at the end of term – we had 3 important announcements by the DFE this week!


  1. Ebacc Consultation finally released after 18 months so…..

“While some schools are already responding to this challenge by significantly increasing their EBacc entry, I appreciate that some will be starting from a much lower point and recognise that the changes they will need to make and challenges they need to overcome will be more significant.”

She added: “I also recognise the time needed to meet these challenges and build the right capacity across the whole school system, particularly to ensure that schools have high-quality staff in the right subjects.

“I have considered the way in which some schools have increased entries in the past five years, how best to support schools over the coming years and that pupils taking GCSEs in 2019 will already have chosen the subjects they will study.

“It is therefore my ambition, as set out in the 2017 Conservative manifesto, that 75 per cent of Year 10 pupils in state-funded mainstream schools will start to study GCSEs in the EBacc combination of subjects by September 2022 as an important stepping stone to reaching 90 per cent of Year 10 pupils studying GCSEs in the EBacc subjects by 2025.” 

  1. EbaccAverage Point Score

The headline EBacc attainment league table measure is set to be replaced by a new rating where schools are given an average EBacc points score.

The government currently publishes the proportion of pupils achieving a grade 5 or above in EBacc subjects. But from next year schools will instead be given an EBacc average point score – which measures pupil point scores across the five pillars of the EBacc.

The report reads: “This will ensure the achievements of all pupils are recognised, not just those at particular grade boundaries, encouraging schools to enter pupils of all abilities, and support them to achieve their full potential.”

Schools will be sent their results under the new headline measures this year, but the measures will not be published until the 2018 academic year.

Then, from 2019, the DfE also intends to publish EBacc entry and attainment data for mainstream secondary schools with similar intakes, and a value-added measure on EBacc entry, to show how a school’s entry rates compare to those nationally for pupils with similar prior attainment.

3. 2017 statement of intent (i.e. This is what performance data the government will publish about schools for 2017) 


Middle Attaining Boys

This is one of the best blogs I have read in months ( I read a lot!) and it fits in beautifully with our plans going forward – Boys engagement – Middle Attaining Boys! I taught with Mark during my time at Wyvern before he moved up North. An incredible teacher.  Do have a read through over the weekend (5 mins reading)


……..So what made the difference. I was able to reflect back on the stuff that had worked despite my boy-friendly diversions. The stuff that had worked all along. These became my alternative list of strategies for making sure boys do well:

  • Quality feedback that encouraged lots of repetitive practice in their areas of weakness 
  • ‘live’ or ‘short’ marking
  • Onus on motivation of immediate improvement

Have a great summer everyone.





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