BerkswichCE Primary School

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School Improvement Priorities

Key School Improvement Priorities




At Berkswich CE Primary the welfare and learning of every pupil is at the heart of all that we do; we constantly strive to achieve the best for our children.


As a result of our own continuous self-evaluation, outcomes from previous Ofsted and SIAMS inspections and analysis of our EYFS, KS1 and KS2 data, we have identified ways in which we can continue to improve and the children can continue to excel. 


This year we have carefully considered the needs of our pupils in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact that this has had on our children throughout school.


Well-being underpins all elements of school life, children are cherished as individuals with systems in place to ensure all pupils thrive and are able to live life to the full, reaching their God given potential.



  • Perseverance underpins our tailored school curriculum ensuring all pupils are equipped with progressive strategies to tackle learning with grit and resilience
  • Our school charter and values are reviewed to reflect the ever-improving school curriculum and continue to ensure an inclusive approach where diversity is celebrated and character development is enhanced; our bespoke enrichment programme enables all children to access a range of opportunities allowing them to grow as children, form their unique opinions, treat all with dignity and continuously aspire to be the best that they can be in all aspects of their lives
  • Through rapid identification, children’s mental health is effectively supported through individualised programmes including ELSA and the DFE Wellbeing Programme, barriers to learning are reduced as the well-being of pupils is pivotal. An enhanced PSHE curriculum and our systems of support and counselling are well-established, utilising the skills of the ELSA professional (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants programme)



English – Phonics, Reading, SPAG

  • Phonics provision is enhanced through the use of current research and methodology; our new phonics programme is successfully reflected in phonics screening and reading outcome
  • Through continued, careful teaching, frequent practice, accurate assessment and early intervention, all staff members strive to ensure that every child has the opportunity to become fluent, engaged readers.
  • Gaps within spelling, grammar and punctuation are swiftly identified and enhanced teaching addresses areas for improvement
  • School based tuition is highly effective in narrowing the gap within English and Maths for identified pupils: this is in order to meet aspirational top performing FFT schools targets


Mathematics - Greater Depth across school, Early Number Sense – REKENREK, CPD

  • High quality mathematics CPD and outstanding teaching ensures that all pupils who were set Greater Depth aspirational top performing schools FFT Targets are on track to achieve these
  • Number sense, through further increasing fluency and flexibility with number facts and relationships, has created stronger foundations for deeper learning within mathematics. Maths continues to have a high profile throughout school and children have an exceptionally positive attitude to learning within this area.
  • School based tuition is highly effective in narrowing the gap within English and Maths for identified pupils: this is in order to meet aspirational top performing FFT schools targets


Curriculum Design and CPD

  • Rich curriculum design is continuously honed through purposeful schemas which ensure deep coherence and progression; skills and concepts are interwoven throughout curriculum subjects and school years, creating conscious connections impacting on long term memory and therefore pupil outcomes and progress
  • Assessment systems are refined to ensure that these are streamlined, timely and meaningful and therefore ensure effective use of teacher time, impacting pupil learning to an even greater extent.
  • The impact of curriculum Professional Development, dissemination of best practice, and high-quality mentoring results in 100% of class teachers (including ECT) and teaching assistants demonstrating outstanding practice
  • Subject / area leaders are committed to self-learning, deepening their own knowledge and understanding, through high quality research and through enriching the pedagogy of others within and from other schools; the success of this impacts colleagues’ practice and pupil outcomes.
  • PE provision is evident across the school curriculum, our commitment to healthy living and enhanced physical activity underpins all aspects of the school day. 100% of pupils have increased their level of fitness through additional opportunities within lessons and through high quality extra-curricular opportunities
  • Robust systems are in in place for remote education, this is an integral part of learning within school and school-home partnerships



Phonics, Revised EYFS framework, Number Sense

  • Our highly ambitious EYFS curriculum ensures that all children, particularly the most disadvantaged, those with SEND and communication barriers achieve the best possible outcomes.



Courageous advocacy, community partners

  • A global partnership has been established and embedded meaningfully across the whole of school.




  • All children including SEND pupils, Vulnerable and Pupil Premium children or other identified groups make accelerated progress to close the gap, as a result of targeted, precision intervention by teachers and TAs, with 100% of pupils making at least expected or accelerated progress in English and Maths. Vulnerable pupils’ achievement and progress is in line with their peers due to the tailored support and enrichment