Every year we have contrived metaphors for our School Development Plan, and the review day that necessarily accompanies it. A week past Friday, about 40 of us, teachers, some TAs, staff from Allsorts, the office team and governors got together to think about the budget, and the constraints it places on our action (and our personal response to that); about the successes we have experienced this year and the impact that has had on our values and virtues as a school; and about the direction for the future, both in the broad (the areas of endeavour) and the focussed (improving teaching and learning).
Last year the metaphors were Changing Gear and “setting out on a voyage to the unknown” – this year we settled on the idea of interconnected pools – inspired by the cenotes and cave systems of the Yucatan Peninsula – where all our efforts lead to depth, and all of them, at depth, are interconnected and connected to God as the source of life.
When planning this, it seemed better to me that we thought of pools rather than distinct “core priorities” – it may also mean that our SDP is less wordy, and thus clearer in focus. So, here are the main points of the “broad” priorities that we have set for the school this year:
The more focussed part of the day concerned the quality of teaching and learning, and we will know a lot more about that once we have analysed the impact of teacher development targets this year. That will wait for another post, to follow.