School Self- Evaluation at The Russett School

Self Evaluation

At The Russett School we recognise the importance of evaluating and reviewing all aspects of school life to ensure we maintain and build on our high standards. In order to do this in a rigorous and coherent way, the school has an annual programme of self-evaluation which includes responsibilities for self-evaluation held by senior leaders, classroom staff and governors.

Our programme of self-evaluation includes a range of activities including lesson observations, monitoring of teacher planning and assessments, learning walks around school, monitoring of the budget, questionnaires, monitoring of attendance and behaviour records.

Learning walks

What is a Learning Walk?

A learning walk is a focused visit through learning areas, to enhance pupil learning through providing a stimulating learning environment. This is about the next steps in improving practice, developing school wide focus and also about thinking about education for the future.

There are five stages to a learning walk – 5 F’s

Focus-Footwork-Follow up-Feedback-Future

How they will work

  • Senior staff will decide on the focus
  • The purpose and the focus will be shared with the whole staff
  • They will take place a maximum of Twice each term
  • The basis of learning walks is to review aspects as a whole school in relation to “what went well” and “even better if”.
  • Feedback from learning walks will be recorded and analysed by senior staff and shared with the whole staff team and at Curriculum Governors Committee.
  • Collecting evidence will be by observation, photographs, video (Ipad), work sampling, teachers planning and recording sheets.
  • Science & Behaviour

Focus for 2015 – 2016


Social Moral Spiritual & Cultural Development – British Values

Pupil Premium Grant (PPG)

What is the Pupil Premium Grant?

The Pupil Premium Grant is provided to aid schools in ‘raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential’.

Department for Education 2016

The PPG per pupil for 2016 to 2017 is as follows:

Disadvantaged pupils Pupil premium per pupil
Pupils in year groups reception to year 6 recorded as Ever 6 FSM £1,320
Pupils in years 7 to 11 recorded as Ever 6 FSM £935
Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority £1,900
Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order £1,900


What are our objectives?

Our objectives are to improve outcomes for pupils and to achieve self-sustaining improvement which has long lasting impact.


Self-evaluation: 2016-17

Allocation: £37,130.00

Focus(March 2016) Barriers to learning Desired outcomes Success Criteria Chosen Strategies Evaluation of impact(March 2017)
Improving communication skills & improving life chances Unmet complex emotional/social communication needsReduced input into classes from NHS SALT’s


To increase communication skills, levels of interactionTo reduce challenging behaviour


To increase levels of independence

Achievement of targets set by SALTTo further ensure no pupils leave school without an established  communication strategy


Reduced levels of challenging behaviour (specific pupils)

Private SALT 2xdays per weekELSA training for two staff members March 17:
Improving Literacy & Numeracy skills DisengagementSelf esteem and confidence issues –challenging behaviourDifficulty to retain and transfer skills

Difficulty with comprehension skills

Improved attainment levelsImproved levels of comprehensionEvidence of transferrable skills PMB readers: Pupils achieving at least 3 levels progress across the yearAchievement of targets


A high proportion of pupils (80% or above) exceeding targets

HLTA support 5 days per weekReading Pro March 17:

Impact: 2016-17

What will we do?


  • Further support some of our most vulnerable and challenging pupils by training two teaching assistants in Emotional Literacy Support (ELSA) and implementing 1:1 or small group sessions
  • Encourage active engagement and communication for our complex needs pupils with particular focus on increased ICT use
  • Target additional support for pupils to raise skills of independence with particular reference to drinking and eating
  • Provide additional support for pupils in class to enable pupils to have better access to learning
  • Continue to challenge any disengagement in literacy and numeracy through targeted support
  • Further increase progress levels within Reading and Maths through 1:1 and small group sessions delivered by HLTA
  • Purchase additional reading material, in particular ‘Reading Pro’ to enable pupils who are approaching or post Level 30 PMB to make further progression and enhance comprehension skills
  • Improve outcomes for specific pupils through targeted additional support from a private Speech and Language therapist (two days per week)



Our objective is: to achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport within lower school.

The focus for the use of the Primary PE & Sport Premium is that pupils experience how to be as healthy and active as possible. Where appropriate for individuals; pupils will gain the knowledge, skills and motivation for healthy, active lifestyle with a wider interest in physical activity and sport’.

How do we ensure long lasting impact?

We take into account the following 5 key indicators when measuring progress:

  1. Assessment of engagement of all groups of pupils in regular physical activity
  2. Enjoyment and motivation to learn, raising the profile of PE and sport – alongside side clear target setting and assessment
  3. The impact of confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  4. The broader experience. The range of community activities and experiences offered to pupils
  5. The level of increased participation in competitive sport- where appropriate

Evaluation of learning 2015/16:

Allocation 2015-16: £8204.64
Spending Cost Impact
Specialist Sports Coach £4560.00 ·        -Streamed groups embedded (enabling sessions to be targeted towards individual need)·        Increased engagement within PE sessions·        – Pupil accessing sensory circuits supporting links to sensory integration programmes
Specialist ResourcesStaffing costs to support membership of CSSC £3644.64 -Pupil accessing motivation sessions, with high quality resources-Some engagement in community sporting events-Pupils making ‘healthy choices to stay healthy’

Allocation for 2016/17:

How much premium have we received?


How are we using the Primary PE and Sport Premium?

  • Through employing a professional sports coach to work with teachers. Teaching focuses on the three FUNdamentals of Movement – Balance, Coordination and Agility – that benefit young people in any sport.
  • By providing existing staff with training or resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively. Pupils ‘stream’ into ability groups. The provision for sensory learners is catered for through the use of sensory ‘circuits’ enabling access for all pupils.

Carefully planned sessions and use of high quality resources enhance our pupil’s physical & mental wellbeing, individual development & social and community development.

2016/17 aims- driving improvement for ‘a sporting future’

Our overall aim supports the government strategy,

‘To give the best possible experience of sport from the earliest possible age’

Sporting Future- A New Strategy for an Active Nation (2015)

Over 2016-17 we will:

  • Further increase opportunities for participation in competitive sport through links with Cheshire Special Schools Consortium
  • Continue to employ a specialist sports coach to work with teachers to further develop provision
  • Purchase resources to support the delivery of PE and sports to a range of groups
  • Increase opportunities for community links, educational visits and visitors

16-19 Bursary Fund – Academic Year 2015/16

The 16-19 Bursary Fund for 2015/16 is available to help students continue in full time education and is targeted at those experiencing the greatest financial disadvantage.

Further information is available on the following website:

In order to qualify for the Bursary Fund payments students need to be resident in England and aged between 16 and 19.

The criteria for the discretionary awards have been agreed and are consistent with past years consisting of:

Band 1 – Students who are in care or care leavers, in receipt of income support/Universal Credit or receiving BOTH Employment Support Allowance AND Disability Living Allowance.

Band 2 – A discretionary payment for students who are in receipt of Free School Meals or families in receipt of tax credits and a household income of up to £16,190.

Only students who fulfill the criteria for Band 1 are guaranteed to receive a payment under the scheme of £1,200. Band 2 payments will be smaller and are dependent on funds are available when all applications have been assessed.

Evidence in support of the Band your child falls into will be required (photocopies are acceptable) before eligibility can be established. Applications cannot be processed without supporting evidence.

For further information on eligibility please call 01606 853005 during school office hours (Monday to Friday 8:30-17:00)