St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy
Staff Notices w/c 12th January 2015
Sunday: 2nd in Ordinary Times
He said to them, ’Come and see’. – John 1:39
Hall: No Assemblies (Mon – Thurs) Yr 11 Friday Patrol Theme: Equipment
|Monday 12th January Yr 12/13 MocksYr 11 Eff/Ass
07.55 – 08.15 Mass
08.15 – 08.35 SLT Briefing
09.10 – 10.50 CHa/CSh
09.30 – 10.30 Budget Monitoring Mtg
10.00 – 10.50 MHa/MMo
10.00 – 10.50 MFa/AGr
|15.35 – 16.35 FAC17.00 Trust Marketing Mtg
18.00 Full Academy Council Mtg
|Tuesday 13th January Yr 12/13 MocksYr 11 English Mock Resit
Learning Mentor Interview (pm)
Chapel – Fr M Hall
07.45 – 08.15 Mass
08.15 – 08.45 SLT Briefing
10.00 – 10.50 KHi/MHa
10.00 – 10.50 CHa/CKa
11.10 – 12.00 KHi/MGo
12.00 – 12.50 KHi/VKi
12.00 – 12.50 MHa/DFa
|13.40 – 14.30 CKe/MBi15.30 Assessment Working Party
|Wednesday 14th January Yr 12/13 MocksChapel – Fr M Hall
08.00 – 12.00 KHi/Diocesan Heads
08.15 – 08.30 SLT Briefing
08.30 – 08.45 Mass
|13.40 – 14.30 KHi/CHa13.40 – 14.30 CKe/MTh
|Thursday 15th January Yr 12/13 MocksChapel – Fr M Hall
07.45 – 08.15 Mass EF
08.15 – 08.45 SLT Briefing
08.45 – 09.00 Staff Briefing
11.10 – 12.00 KHi/MFa
11.10 – 12.00 MGo/AFl
11.10 – 12.00 CKe/Awa
12.00 – 12.50 MGo/RP
|14.30 – 15.20 MGo/LMo15.20 – 16.20 Whole School Detention
15.20 – 16.20 6th Form Supervised Study
18.45 Preference Evening
|Friday 16th January Yr 11 Sub RepsYr 11 Mock Results
07.55 – 08.15 Mass
08.15 – 08.45 SLT Briefing
09.30 – 10.00 Yr 11 Complete Review
11.20 – 12.10 MHa/TSt
12.10 – 13.00 SLT
|13.40 – 14.30 MFa/MWa
- Notes from K Higgins
May I offer my thanks to all those staff that are helping to improve consistency regarding behaviour in corridors and around school. The concerted effort seems to have made a real difference but it is early days. Please keep it up.
It is important that classes are met by staff and do not have to wait unsupervised in corridors for prolonged periods. The end of lunch and break times have been a little problematic in this regard this week. Please may I ask that we support each other with this in the same way as we are doing with other aspects of consistent behaviour management.
- Notes from M Goodfellow
Applications for Sixth Form
Please encourage Yr 11 to submit their application forms by Wednesday 14th January.
Guidance Sessions/Interviews for Sixth Form
Saturday 31st January (9.00 am – 12 noon approx)
Thanks to staff who have agreed to help on that date. If anyone else would like to help please see Marie. Thanks.
AS/A2 Mock Exams
Please let me know if there are any students who you have concerns about or anyone who is doing particularly well. It would be good if faculties could send postcards home for those who are making very good progress.
Extended Study – Thursday 22nd January 3.30 – 7.00 pm
This would be an ideal opportunity for students to do coursework/catch up on missing work. It would be appreciated if you could encourage students to sign up on the door of C13. Thank you.
- Notes from C Kernan
Uniform checks Y7 – 11
This will be done in two phases. Phase 1 is the week commencing 12 January. Please would all Form Tutors check uniform every day this week. The students have had their powerpoint and assembly reinforcement and should be fully aware of what is expected with regard to appearance.
I would ask you to pay particular attention to make-up, piercings and nail varnish on the girls. Additionally tight fitted leggings / jeans on boys and girls, and very short skirts on the girls. With regard to footwear could you look for canvas pumps and coloured trainers. If the trainer is totally black with no obvious markings that is acceptable.
Any students not in correct uniform please email names and issues to your DoS.
Phase 2 is the week commencing 19th January. We will call year groups to the hall to be checked again as follows:
Year 7 – Monday 19th January assembly and just into P1.
Year 8 – Monday 19th January P6 start.
Year 9 – Tuesday 20th January P2 start.
Year 10 – Monday 19th January 2.55pm (two PE groups to have checks done there).
Year 11 – Tuesday 20th January and Thursday 22nd January P5 PE, checks to be done there.
If you teach Y8, 9 or 10 students at the above times, please bring them to line up on the yard in forms. We will be as fast as possible in getting them all back to lessons except Y10 who will be dismissed at 3.20 from the hall. Please stay to assist the DoS.
Thank you for your support.
- Notes from C Hall
Year 10 mini classroom based exams – week beginning 26th January
The calendar this year has Year 10 mini classroom based exams scheduled for the week beginning 26th January. It was felt last year that we needed to give some exam preparation earlier than just the end of Year 10. English have actually done theirs before Christmas. Please could HoFs ensure that Yr 10s have some mini, classroom based exam practice during this week.
- Notes from M Fallon
Please see below the rooms for Preferences Evening on Thursday. Talks are at 6.45pm and 7.15pm. Please ensure that staff are in their rooms for 7pm. Thanks for your support with the evening.
MINUTES OF THE TEACHING AND LEARNING MEETING HELD ON
TUESDAY 6 JANUARY 2015
||MWA (Chair) KHI, MHA, MGO, CHA, MFA, CKE (mins), JGI, TST, CAN, SBO, DFA, JCA, EBU, NDA, AGR, ABA, MBI, VKI, HED, JRI, CSH, RBR, EWO, LMO, CSI
||MMO, CGR, CKA
- MHA: Governors approved ‘Option A’ curriculum proposal and the option block start in Year 9 this year. Thanks to all for the Year 9 changes. VKi asked about current Year 8. It will be blocked across the years in future.
||Sharing best practice:
- Flipped Learning – MWA is experimenting with this in his Computer Science lessons. It allows students to obtain instructions and information out of the classroom to then facilitate project style work in class. An information hand-out was provided to those present. Staff shared also contains information.
- Middle Leadership at another school – AGR visited a school before Christmas. Active Leadership for all staff was very interesting, also assessing without levels and ‘Tensile’ – a skills based programme for students. Staff development and retention was impressive. AGR to return and gather further information this month. KHI asked for a short paper to be produced with all relevant good practice on.
|See MWA with any questions.
See AGR for further info or areas of interest
||Ofsted preparation and work scrutiny: KHI referred to paperwork already issued. Ofsted will change from September 2015. However changes made from September 2014 must also be emphasised. There are only 3 guidance documents now. Data and work scrutiny have become the two main areas for Ofsted to determine progress. KS3 remains as important as KS4/5. The progress of disadvantaged students (pupil premium, looked after children) is also key.
CHA talked about work scrutiny being a vital tool in determining progress. The inspectors will use this to follow trails through the school. Although it is said that seating plans and lesson plans are not essential, it is advised that these are available to ensure that inspectors can see as much progress as possible. Lesson observations will be different, and inspectors will check books and remove students and their books from the lessons to discuss teaching, learning and progress.
Our work scrutiny checks are vital to ensure that we are consistently using our marking policies, providing feedback and demonstrating progress.
KHI said that our current Value Added score is not good enough and the quality of teaching and learning will be very important to improve our standing on this front.
CHA said that we will be deepening our work scrutiny procedures. The Year 11 scrutiny in November showed some good practice but too many inconsistencies. A general summary of feedback was issued to those present. Faculty line management will have already highlighted individual Faculty weaknesses.
KHI added his thoughts on this, stating that teachers need to ensure their books etc are in order with good marking and feedback.
VKI asked about work which is IT based and not as easily accessible. KHI said there must be evidence available for an inspection. MFA felt that students would tell the inspectors where their work was.
CHA said that folders of past work to evidence progress over time would also be essential. CSI asked about obtaining further book stickers; CHA has spares. AGR shared concerns about keeping staff morale high when no notice work scrutiny is in place. KHI said that the Faculty must discuss this and support is available. TST said he took full sets of books in and skimmed through these as a team to share good practice. CAN asked if the Faculty should be keeping old books through the year. KHI said that Faculties need to address how they will evidence progress and they should determine how to solve this issue together. JRI said that common sense should prevail. NDA is storing work and it is difficult logistically. Also students are wanting to take work home to show parents. JCA can students take responsibility for their work and keep a portfolio to evidence progress? It could be used for parents’ evenings too. CHA felt that could be a solution which Faculties may wish to discuss.
|Share information with Faculties
Use next Faculty work scrutiny to ensure consistency
Faculties to discuss best practice to evidence progress
||6th form:Work scrutiny: MGO had issued documents in advance. The work scrutiny of around 50 files showed good practice, good organisation and useful feedback on the whole. The green penning was inconsistent however. It was suggested that tests being redone could be done in green. More grading would also be useful for students. MWA asked about some flexibility in marking and grading depending on topics being studied. This was agreed.
ALPS grades: The estimates for AS and A2 have been issued. Concerns were highlighted. Student issues must be raised, parents contacted and praise given as required to address problems.
Learning walks: These happened in November with SLT and AFL conducting the walks. It was a pleasure to see excellent classes with independent learning taking place. A few areas for development – less teacher talk, increased differentiation, but a positive experience nonetheless.
|Discuss with Faculties
Email MGO by Mon 12 January with plans to move blue into black on ALPS
||Options / Preferences Evening:MFA issued the Option blocks. The preferences pilot was used to formulate the blocks.
||Booklet changes should have been made by now. Rooms to be used need to be passed onto MFA
||AOB:Literacy JGI – a summary of the literacy audit and pupil voice was issued to those present. JGI to meet with the Faculty Leaders / LoLs to draw up an action plan.
||Sign up for meeting with JGI
|St John Fisher Catholic High School
|Key Stage 4 Preference Evening: Thursday 15th January
||Mr N Dalzell and History/ Geography departments
||Mr H Edwards and staff
||Mrs L Mowbray and MFL department
||Mr V Killoury and Technology department
||Mr Ward and Mrs Auger
||Mr D Fairclough + Science staff
Health & Social Care
||Mrs Brooke, Mrs Sandford, + Vocational Staff
||Mr A Graham
Miss L Cloke
+ PE Staff
|General Enquiries about preferences can be raised with Mr Shepherd, Mr Higgins and members of the Senior Leadership Team who will be in the Dining Room. Questions about Collegiate courses (including those run by the Dewsbury Learning Partnership) should be addressed to Fr Hall/Mr Fallon in the same place.
|Refreshments will be served from 7.45 pm in the Dining Hall.