Tools for Improvement

Tools for Improvement

Clear and shared high expectations are the key to improvement: expectations of students and of staff. At Treviglas we strive to be fully consistent in all that we do and the way that we do it so that there is no confusion about the expectations within the college.

Tools for Improvement is a policy which we all follow, whatever our role is within the college, and it also reflects expectations of teaching and learning practice.

The policies of the college are designed to support staff, students, parents and governors.

All staff adopt the Tools for Improvement policy in order to:

  • ensure that students, staff and parents are completely clear about what we are doing, how and why we are doing it
  • support colleagues through consistent, shared good practice
  • ensure that effective, productive and enjoyable learning is the priority across the college

In this way, we maximise the amount of time available for concentrating on learning and teaching. Visitors to our college comment on the positive ethos, excellent behaviour and obviously high expectations. I want the college to continue to be perceived as clear, committed and consistent. Effective feedback about learning to students and parents (including a focus on parental engagement) is always a whole college emphasis.

This document is an abridged version of the ‘Tools for Improvement’ for teachers and is published to support parents to understand aspects of the college’s expectations and policies. Any questions or comments are welcomed – please contact marked ‘Tools for Improvement’.

Information for parents – some whole college routines and expectations 
Attendance and Punctuality Registers for sessions are taken within the first 10 minutes of each session during the day, acknowledging the importance of tracking and monitoring attendance as well as the legal requirement for all schools to register accurately. Please let us know the reason why your son/daughter is absent as soon as possible – we use a system called ‘Schoolcomms’ to contact parents through text messaging which many have found helpful and we have a dedicated phone line to our Attendance officer
Chewing and litter We ask that students do not chew gum in college or drop litter anywhere on site. Bins are provided in the dining areas and in social areas outside
Debussing and embussing Most of our students travel by bus to college. Staff are on duty as they arrive and welcomed into the college with smiles, music and a breakfast café. In the afternoon staff supervise ‘bus lines’ so that students are escorted safely onto the buses. These are great opportunities to say ‘Hello’ or ‘Goodbye’ and to pick up on any problems at the start or end of the day
WRITE Work Improvement and Reflection Time to Enhance, Extend, Excel – this is time set aside for reflection so that teachers and students can have a learning conversation to identify and understand what next steps are needed in learning. This will happen in a variety of ways – verbal and written feedback; self and peer assessment; whole class reflection activities
Learning area entry and dismissal procedures. All sessions start and end in the corridor. Staff actively supervise and monitor movement in all corridors as they meet and greet students arriving to each session. This active supervision ensures that students are moved in and moved on with a sense of purpose and in a safe manner. At break and lunchtimes there is supervision of students both in and out of the college buildings. Students are asked to remember that they must NEVER be in a room without the permission of the supervising teacher
Mobile technology We understand that parents may wish their child to carry a mobile phone but these must not be used during the college day – we ask that MP3/4 devices are not brought in
Quality of presentation There is a focus on the quality of presentation in books, folders and portfolios in order for each student’s learning, over time, to be recorded and revisited for revision and retention. We ask for support in ensuring that independent learning activities completed at home are done to a high standard and we offer support to parents with any aspect of independent learning activities- resources, facilities, advice and guidance including an online platform – Show My Homework which can be easily accessed
Rewards and sanctions We have a Behaviour (Discipline) policy, reviewed each year. We aim to acknowledge the excellent achievements of our students in a number of ways – House points are an example, where lead to other rewards and recognition. We write home, publicise success in the regular bulletin and hold awards’ events to celebrate with our students and their families, too
Uniform check (Key Stages 3 and 4) Uniform is actively checked. Staff may grant permission for students to remove sweatshirts/jumpers within rooms – students should also take responsibility for ensuring uniform is correct as they leave the room. Students should not wear any jewellery other than one pair of plain ear studs, one small ring and a watch. No other visible body piercings are allowed, neither are plasters over piercings. Fashion items (e.g. handbags, big flowers in hair) – are not acceptable: students should carry a college bag which is fit for purpose. Lockers are available to all students for coats, outdoor shoes/wellies, and PE kit
SMILE Teachers have a right to teach- students have a right to learn. What we say and what we do; how we say it and how we do it – this all comes under the SMILE programme which permeates every aspect of college life. Our ethos of mutual respect means that we use language which is respectful and appropriate. SMILE focuses attention on how we can all contribute usefully to our college and local community. There is a national debate about young people, parenting and the role of schools in the emotional health and well-being of young people – we are very proud of our students and the community spirit they demonstrate. We work in partnership with our parents and local community to ensure that our young people continue to respect others and be respected for who they are and what they do