Writing, then maths: RI to Outstanding

St Martin's C of E Primary
Folkestone, Kent

Focus
To develop Teaching and Learning at two schools with a focus on improving standards in writing.

Audience
EYFS, KS1 and KS2, Teachers and TAs

Delivery
14 Days of Consultancy, 7 Twilights, 3 Children's Workshops, 1 Centre of Excellence Visit and Parent Workshop.

Outcome
The most significant impact of the project for St Martin's has to be the outcome of their Ofsted inspection in April 2015 where the school was graded as Outstanding in every category.

Improving standards in writing

St Martins is a small primary school in Folkestone, Kent.

It is a one-form entry school and has around 205 pupils on roll, with the number of pupils entitled to Free School Meals in line with national averages.  In April 2013, St Martin’s was judged as "Requires Improvement" by Ofsted.

In the summer of 2014, St Martin’s approached TT Education to ask whether we would consider working across two of their schools (Seabrook and St Martin’s) to develop Teaching and Learning with a focus on improving standards in writing.

St Martin’s, Seabrook and TT Education embarked on a year-long Customised Solution programme designed to increase children's attainment in writing.

What did we do that St. Martins valued most?

The programme, which provided training and support for all levels of leadership, class teachers and teaching assistants, included consultancy days, twilights, workshops, demonstration "model" lessons, Shakespeare workshops and a visit to a Centre of Excellence.

What St Martin’s valued the most was that these sessions were “relevant, practical and ran at a swift pace; they provided staff with a wealth of ideas and materials to implement within the classroom”. In addition to this, “the programme was adapted to meet the differing needs of each school with individual as well as joint sessions.”

Outcomes

“After the very first session it was evident that staff were enthused and in turn the children quickly developed a love of writing”. Comments from children include:

• “I can’t wait until Friday because we are going to write an explanation text about the Vikings!”
• “I like the quick games because they give me ideas for my writing.”
• “I love writing”

St Martin’s saw the positive impact of the programme in:
• Increased staff confidence
• Improved effectiveness of subject/phase leadership
• Accelerated pupil progress
• Effective and well used working walls
• Improved quality and quantity of pupils’ writing across the school

The most significant indicator of the impact on pupil outcomes following our support at St Martin’s has to be the result of their Ofsted inspection in April 2015; the school was graded as Outstanding in every category.

Headteacher Feedback

What would St Martin’s tell others who are considering hiring us?

Kate Love, Headteacher of St Martin’s C of E Primary School said “… it is no surprise that I would whole heartedly recommend TT Education to any school who are looking to invest in high quality CPD which will have a positive impact on pupils and staff. TT Education hold the children at the heart of what they do; their consultants are professional and approachable and the team sensitively adapted the programme to the specific and sometimes varying needs of the two schools involved.”

You can read a copy of Kate Love’s full letter here: