In September 2019, our new three-year School Improvement Plan was created. Our OFSTED visit in February 2020 confirmed that this demonstrated a "clear grasp" of the improvement journey for St Anne's - and it remains unchanged.
Overview of Priorities
Year 1 (2019-2020): Stabilisation, Structure, Systems
Much like buying a home in need of renovation, St Anne’s needs to be stabilised. What is extraneous must go, the complicated made simple, and a common and purposeful approach to planning at all levels. Careful planning for staff development and empowering of middle leaders, who are the engine room of the school.
Year 2 (2020-2021): Embedding and Green Shoots of Innovation
St Anne’s will need forensic monitoring in year 2 to make sure that the stabilisation that has taken place becomes routine behaviour. However, this is also when we must simultaneously look to begin to innovate, building on any successful staff development that takes place in year 1. Moving the school away from top-down leadership is a priority for year 2.
Year 3 (2021-2022): The Aggregation of Marginal Gains
Sir Dave Brailsford of Team Sky (now Team Ineos) came up with this notion. Brailsford said, “The whole principle came from the idea that if you broke down everything you could think of that goes into riding a bike, and then improve it by 1 percent, you will get a significant increase when you put them all together.”
If year 1 sees stabilisation and fixing things on a large scale, and year 2 continues this but with fewer areas to focus on, then year 3 is the year we concentrate on our marginal gains - those areas that may have not yet improved for whatever reason.
We are currently completing year 2 of this improvement plan. An overview of this can be seen below!