At Layton Primary School, we believe that all our pupils have the right to access quality first teaching of an ambitious critical thinking curriculum. 

At the heart of Layton’s learning ethos is a relentless focus on ensuring that all pupils have access to quality first teaching whilst immersed in dialogic teaching strategies. This is proven to have the greatest impact on children’s progress and benefits all pupils in school. 

Effective teaching and learning strategies are essential, and have a vital impact, in raising standards for all groups of pupils. We implement and utilise these aspects of teaching and learning from EYFS to Year 6. These include: 

1.Formative assessment strategies: Knowing where pupils are in their learning is essential if we are to move them forward. Professional development for all staff is centred around development of formative assessment in order to shape the curriculum. 

2. Curriculum design: Our curriculum is ambitious for all pupils. Designing, implementing and assessing the impact of the curriculum takes time and skill and development over time of both staff and pupils. Our staff lead their subject across school and ensure that the curriculum reflects formative assessment strategies, and that the curriculum is delivered with ambitious intentions. 

3. Quality first teaching; the vast majority of our learning takes place inside the classroom; however, interventions are necessary and are delivered by skilled individuals utilising formative and summative assessments. These may be speech and language trained support assistants, or experienced learning support assistants. Interventions strategies are utilised in order to ensure children are able to access our ambitious curriculum.

4. Developing questioning strategies for all groups of pupils: Key questioning around multi objective lessons leads to pupils accessing, developing and building on learning. Our curriculums are centred around children developing critical thinking skills through dialogic teaching strategies.

5. A curriculum planned for spaced learning. Pupils encounter topics and associated objectives frequently and often and are provided with tasks which ensure they apply those skills on a regular basis. Lessons are designed to build on existing learning and develop opportunities to apply existing knowledge, develop new skills and apply them in a wide variety of situations. This curriculum results in rapid gains for all groups of pupils.

6.Effective assessment for learning is paramount to ensuring children in make rapid gains in their learning, whatever their age or stage.


Staff Performance Management Objectives

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