Harrow Way Middle Leader Bulletin Edition ‘5’ 13th November 2017

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Welcome to the fifth edition of the ‘Harrow Way Middle Leader Bulletin‘ a fortnightly digest of news for middle leaders at Harrow Way Community School. (Curriculum Leaders, Year Leaders, Lead Practitioners) I hope this will streamline communication and help you stay up-to-date with the latest key dates, education policy, research and best practice.

The first section will be general messages for all Middle Leaders at Harrow Way. The second section will be focused on our ongoing professional development as Leaders. It strikes me that it would be a huge benefit to us all if we’re more or less on the same page when we’re discussing contemporary ideas about pedagogy, learning, assessment, motivation, neuroscience and so on.

I attended a briefing this week on the new national funding formula at the Guildhall in Winchester on Wednesday afternoon. I also attended a Headteacher briefing on ASP Assessing School Performance (The replacement for Raiseonline), Ofsted Dashboard IDSR (Inspection data summary report) and FFT Aspire. I will give you an update when we next meet.  I have attached the FFT Dashboard showing attainment and progress for individual subjects on page 5. This report has the AEC students removed

Evaluating your performance is simple in Aspire. The self-evaluation dashboards are made up of 6 easy-to-understand reports. Utilising a range of simple gauges, charts and tables, the dashboards allow you to quickly compare your attainment and progress to both national data and similar schools. In addition to the whole school data below, there is also a 6-page subject report for each subject that we will share with you.

FFT SelfEval Dashboard 2017

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Year 11 Group Meetings

The challenge for all schools now including Harrow Way is to move from being data rich to becoming information rich. The autumn data entry for Year 11 is now available in SISRA. In the outcomes section in the SIP, our mantra is: ‘’No GAPs, No Dips, No Excuses.’’ Could I ask all departments to reflect on the current performance of Year 11?

A 1 min guide to get to your predictions in SISRA!

Data War Room Meetings Term 2  2017-18

Weekly meetings with NPE MJS GF JPT and Year Leaders LW and, in turn, Curriculum Leaders. The aim of these meetings:

  • Give clear focus on ‘state of the nation’
  • Allow targets to be discussed and challenged
  • Targeted groups and Seek to identify under-performance so interventions can be put in place
  • Stresses the importance of the use of data
  • Done in the room with SIMS/SISRA/4 Martix projected so data is transparent to all.

The plan for the remainder of this term is below.

 Date Meeting Purpose
Thurs 2nd November War Room Timetable adjustments confirm in place
Thurs 9th November War Room Year 11 Autumn Prediction trends/patterns
Weds 15th November Progress 8 Group 1 English and Maths 4+, 5+ and match for basics
Thurs 16th November Progress 8 Group 2 Science and other Ebacc subjects 4+ and 5+ students vulnerable to not achieve Ebacc but entered
Weds 22nd November Progress 8 Group 3 Open element subjects, 4+, 5+ and vulnerable
Thurs 23rd November War Room Year 10 Meeting
Thurs 30th November War Room SEN student progress
Thurs 7th December War Room Disadvantaged student progress
Thurs 14th December War Room Year 7 Meeting
Thurs 21st December No Meeting

Important Messages from Nicola and Caroline

Year 11 Intervention and Zone 11 (NPE)

Intervention is an essential tool in our toolkit to help secure great outcomes and strong progress for students, but we need to be really clear about how we are using additional learning time with students after school and in Zone 11. Just doing more of what we do in lessons for all students after school is not intervention it is additional teaching (which may have its place in your preparation for exams). Intervention is where you target specific students who need to develop specific subject knowledge and understanding or improve their ability to apply their knowledge and skills in exam style practice. Intervention and Zone 11 should not be open to all and needs to be tightly focused on the impact that those sessions will have. This can only be done if you have a baseline to start from, know what you are going to deliver and then retests to see if you have achieved the goal.

A Smith ProForma is a really good way to organise and administer this. Below is an editable Smith Proforma and explanation to support this. Smith Proforma

Work Sampling Reminders (CL)

I would like the following students’ work to be looked at by Curriculum Leaders:

  • Y7 Luke Miller, Jamal Ricci
  • Y8 Max Moody, Cameron Dixon
  • Y9 Harvey Pellington-Brown, Alfie Sweet
  • Y10 Sammy Harrison, Bobby Evans
  • Y11 Callum Dewhurst, George Harrison

There may have been a sharp intake of breath with this list (!) but the purpose of the work sampling is to look at our underachieving boys and think about

  • Are they making progress?
  • Do they respond to feedback?
  • Do they take pride in their work/ how has the teacher engendered this?
  • Is their praise/ encouragement?

Maths, English and Science- once you have conducted the scrutiny could you please give those books to the Year Leaders so that they can look at their students ‘across the piece’?

The relevant form, this needs to be placed back in STAFF/ MONITORING AND EVALUATION 2017 – 18

Lesson Observations (CL)

Please remember that you will need to observe teachers that you line manage by the end of this term unless you have already completed an observation this term OR they have been observed as part of the METAL process. NQT mentors know that they need to observe their NQTs every half term and the system is slightly different.

It is essential that you get these dates in the diary soon. It is unfair to observe teachers in the final weeks of term, especially towards Christmas!

Please send me copies of your observations using this form ONLY (NQT mentors included)

  • Key things to remember are: you are looking at progress over time and observers are “seekers of typicality”. Avoid referring to the lesson in isolation, you are building up a picture of what teaching and learning are like with that group over time.
  • The first box of data should be completed before the observation, then the lesson, books scrutiny and student voice during the lesson. Using all of that information should lead the observer to overall comments on the progress of that class, strengths and areas for development.

We DO NOT grade lessons. Do not make a judgement on the grade, even if asked.

Section 2 – Middle Leaders at Harrow Way – Professional Development

CPD 1  (2 mins Reading)


With a focus on leading teaching, learning and your team, Steve Burnage gives us 10 areas for reflection as well as key advice on effective strategies to develop your skills and outcomes in middle leadership.


CPD 2  (2 mins Reading)

A large number of teachers and school leaders are now writing blogs.  They use their blog as a way of reflecting on their own practice as well as sharing good ideas and resources. Once a week, one of the many excellent teacher blogs that exist is tweeted by Caroline and emailed to all teaching staff at Harrow Way.  These blogs are a great way of sharing the excellent practice that is happening in other schools around the country.  If you are on Twitter, the blog authors are well worth following. Other great blogs to consider:



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