I needed to build the trust of staff. Without them onside, the journey of improvement would be incredibly difficult. Parents needed to see us as a united team, there to support the development of their children and to bring out the best in them.
A review of the curriculum was needed, to ensure all areas of the curriculum were taught. It needed to be progressive and build on prior learning. Minimum standards for teaching and learning needed to be in place to ensure consistency across the school and to share my expectations. CPD was needed to ensure that changes would be upheld and staff had the tools needed to be successful.
Weekly support from the Trust SLE supported us to develop a curriculum that met the needs of our learners and gave us the confidence to know that all areas of the curriculum were being taught and there were no gaps in learning. Rigorous assessment systems were needed to ensure accuracy of assessments and to track that teaching and learning was improving. The sharing of resources, ideas and model policies meant that our journey of improvement could be developed at a quicker pace.
The support of an Improvement Leader developed my confidence to lead whole school improvement, with their expertise guiding my decision making and enabling me to develop whole school documents that clearly identified the journey we were on.