DUNNING PRIMARY SCHOOL
Standards and Quality Report
2017 - 2018
At Dunning Primary School, we endorse Perth and Kinross Council’s “Statement of Intent” which sets out the broad principles determining the ethos and nature of education to be delivered across the Council area.
Our vision is of a caring and confident school community where children enjoy their learning and have a sense of purpose. There are equal opportunities for all, and individuals are valued, nurtured and supported. In the pursuit of excellence everyone is encouraged to develop their full potential and to aspire to achieve the highest standards. Respect for others, and for self, is the core of our ethos.
Our aim is to develop confident and responsible children
who are well prepared for lifelong learning
and ready to take on challenges.
GROWING TOGETHER, LEARNING TOGETHER!
Dunning Primary takes forward a continuous programme of Self-Evaluation.
The School, our Quality Improvement Officer, Education & Children’s Services and Education Scotland have evaluated key aspects of the work of the school at all stages.
We evaluated pupils’ attainment and achievements, the effectiveness of the school, the environment for learning, the school’s process for self-evaluation and innovation, and our capacity for improvement.
We examined pupils’ work, monitored classroom and school experiences and gained the views of groups of pupils (including the pupil council), staff, members of the Parent Council, individual parents and groups of parents.
The Evaluation Process has identified the following key strengths:
- A very welcoming and inclusive ethos
- Courteous, very well-behaved and motivated pupils
- High quality learning experiences
- High attainment in Numeracy, Literacy and Health & Wellbeing
- Numerous and varied opportunities for pupils’ wider achievement
- The Leadership and involvement of all staff, pupils, parents and the wider community in the life and work of the school
1.3 Leadership of Change
2.3 Learning, Teaching & Assessment
3.1 Ensuring Wellbeing, Equality & Inclusion
3.2 Raising Attainment & Achievement
ATTENDANCE, ATTAINMENT and ACHIEVEMENT
Attendance remains very high and is above the National and PKC average. All unauthorised absences are due to family holidays. There have been 0 exclusions this session.
Attainment in Literacy
- Most pupils in P1 (88%) are secure in Early Level Reading, Writing and Listening & Talking. 17% of our P1 pupils have Additional Support Needs and are making very good progress or better and receive appropriate and effective support.
- Most pupils in P4 (85%) are secure in First Level in Reading, Writing and Listening & Talking. 20% of our P4 pupils have Additional Support Needs and are making very good progress or better and receive appropriate and effective support.
- Almost all pupils in P7 (92%) are secure in Second Level Reading, Writing and Listening & Talking. 25% of our P7 pupils have Additional Support Needs and are making very good progress or better and receive appropriate and effective support.
Attainment in Numeracy
- Most pupils in P1 (94%) are secure in Early Level Numeracy. 17% of our P1 pupils have Additional Support Needs and are making very good progress or better and receive appropriate and effective support.
- Most pupils in P4 (80%) are secure in First Level Numeracy. 20% of our P4 pupils have Additional Support Needs and are making very good progress or better and receive appropriate and effective support.
- Almost all pupils in P7 (92%) are secure in Second Level Numeracy. 25% of our P7 pupils have Additional Support Needs and are making very good progress or better and receive appropriate and effective support.
- 24% of our pupils across the whole school have recorded Additional Support Needs. Almost all are making very good progress towards their predicted targets and planned outcomes.
- Attainment over time has remained consistently above average. The trend of attainment over time has remained at a high level or increased for our current P7.
- 93% of pupils have participated in at least one Afterschool Club and almost all attend more.
The impact of the School’s developments has resulted in almost all pupils being engaged effectively in their learning, maintained or increased levels of attainment and increasing levels of achievement.
The School encourages pupils’ wider achievements very effectively. Pupils have participated in and achieved success in a broad range of endeavours, including sporting, cultural and enterprising activities, in and out of school. Pupil Achievement is planned for, recorded and celebrated through our POWA (Programme of Wider Achievement).
Significant Parental Support has increased the range and number of opportunities available. Many thanks to everyone involved for their time, effort and support.
The school’s ‘Health Promoting School’, ‘Green Eco Flag’ and ‘Gold SportsScotland Award’ status reflect the achievements of the school in ensuring the pupils’ Health & Well-Being.
The overall quality of care, welfare and development is very good. Staff know the pupils well and are sensitive to their emotional, social and medical needs. There are very effective Child Protection and Additional Support Needs procedures in place.
IMPROVEMENT PRIORITIES 2017-2018
The School has made very good progress in achieving the outcomes detailed in our 2017 – 2018 School Improvement Plan (SIP) and the improvements made have had a positive effect on pupils’ experiences.
In accordance with a Curriculum for Excellence:
Our Carousel Initiative has ensured appropriate progression and challenge across all school stages in a number of curricular areas.
Our Reporting Pilot has increased pupil and parent awareness of pupils’ effort and progress across Literacy, Numeracy & Health & Wellbeing and is increasing pupil attainment.
Our Programme of Wider Achievement (POWA) provides opportunities to ensure that pupils’ achievements are well planned and progress is recorded and celebrated. The programme is being currently evaluated and suggestions for improvement will be incorporated for session 2018/19.
Assessment for Excellence results (online summative assessments) have provided high quality evidence (used in conjunction with formative assessments and teacher judgements) to inform school decisions, target resources and staff more effectively and a robust method of measuring and reporting progress of pupil attainment and achievement and the impact of new developments. The new Scottish National Standardised Assessments have also provided additional evidence of our pupils’ attainment.
Staff, parents and pupils had opportunities to be involved in the production of this Quality & Standards report through evaluating the quality of our provision and in identifying improvement priorities.
We all show a strong commitment to taking our identified priorities forward.
The school has many strengths and is well placed to build on the existing high standards.
MAIN IMPROVEMENT PRIORITIES 2018 - 2019
- Improvement in attainment in WRITING and READING
- Information from Attainment data is used effectively to Meet Pupil Needs and raise Attainment.
- Increase parental participation in their children’s learning through a wide range of planned opportunities across a school year
- Improvement in children's health and wellbeing
Our 2018-19 School Improvement Plan will be available on request in August.