School strategic plan 2017-2020

School Strategic Plan 2017-2020

Annual Implementation Plan 2017

Annual Report 2016 



2.1       School Context

Kent Park Primary School (KPPS), established in 1975, is located in Ferntree Gully. It is situated in a residential area triangle bounded by Burwood Highway, Scoresby and Ferntree Gully Roads. The school grounds are compact and include both purpose built and learning spaces and various areas adapted to cater for the current student enrolment and learning needs.

The school’s enrolment over the 2012–2016 period has declined from 520 in 2012 to 431 in 2016, a result of the changing demographics of the surrounding neighbourhood area. The school has ongoing links with the local preschools, particularly West Gully pre-school, located on the northern boundary of the school. West Gully’s enrolment numbers have also decreased over this four-year period. Kent Park Primary currently has 20 classes. The Student Family Occupation (SFO) density has ranged from 0.3916 in 2014 to 0.3812 in 2016, indicating that the socio-economic status of the families at the school remained steady within the middle range.

The school teaching team comprised 24.1 full time equivalent (EFT) teaching staff, including a principal and assistant principal, and support staff numbering 4.8 EFT.

Parents supported the school through various roles including in the classrooms, the School Council and in facilitating the Uniform Shop, Canteen, School Banking and Bookclub.

The school’s curriculum framework incorporates the eight learning areas[1] required by the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 and was being aligned with the new Victorian Curriculum. In addition, a broad range of opportunities is provided to students. These include specialist programs in Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Physical Education and Japanese. A range of extra-curricular activities complement the program, including: Junior, Middle and Senior Choirs, Middle and Senior Dance, Chess, Gymnastics, house sports activities and literature enrichment activities, and a wide range of sporting activities.

2.2       Summary of the School’s Performance against the previous School Strategic Plan (SSP)

A broad range of evidence revealed that Kent Park Primary School was effective in achieving improved student learning, engagement, and wellbeing outcomes during the 2013-2016 strategic plan.

The School Strategic Plan (SSP) student achievement goal was to improve outcomes in literacy and numeracy, promoting each student’s best performance, P to 6. The review panel confirmed that the various teacher judgement and National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) performance indicators revealed measurable progress was made toward realising the SSP goal, with the same indicators showing that the strategic plan targets for student learning were achieved. The target to increase the percentage of students performing above expected levels was achieved. The percentage of Year 3 students assessed as being in the top two NAPLAN Bands for their year level (Bands 5 and 6) improved from 2013 through 2015. Within the generally positive student learning performance patterns Writing was identified as an area for further focus in the new School Strategic Plan.

DET opinion survey data provided sound evidence that the school had achieved the SSP goal to improve student outcomes in their engagement and learning. Students’ perceptions of their cognitive, emotional and behavioural engagement with schooling were stable during 2014 to 2015, with all 2015 student Attitudes to School Survey (AtSS) measure scores at or above the state median scores for all schools with Year 5 and 6 students. The target to improve the AtSS Stimulating Learning and Learning Confidence scores for Years 5 and 6 students was achieved in 2015, with scores of 4.30 and 4.24 respectively. These scores on the survey five-point scale indicated that students, on average, responded with strong to very strong agreement with these factors.

The panel confirmed that the goal to embed a positive school community approach to growing happy, resilient and healthy kids was achieved. The Student Relationships Connectedness to Peers and Student Safety measures in the AtSS received scores of 4.09 and 4.05 respectively in 2016 on the five-point scale.

The average number of days absent per student moved from 12.41 in 2013 to 12.87 in 2014, and 15.14 in 2015, higher than the targeted 12 days per student, and compared with the 2015 state average of 14.66 days. Average Year Level attendance rates in 2015 ranged between 91% (Year 5) and 93% (Years Pep, 2 and 4). These were in the range predicted by the DET.

The school had adaptive decision-making processes that ensured resources were allocated productively in response to evidence about student performance and developmental needs. The student outcomes patterns provided evidence that the targetted resource allocations during the strategic plan were effective.

2.3       Summary of the considerations for the next Strategic Plan

The review panel endorsed the school’s current directions and recommended the strategies and actions highlighted during the review be considered for inclusion in the new SSP. These strategies emphasised continued embedding of effective school wide approaches to teaching, learning, engagement and wellbeing. Some considerations for the next strategic plan included the following.

Student learning

Within the positive performance patterns recorded in NAPLAN results some differences between Literacy and Numeracy outcomes highlighted Writing as a potential focus for the next strategic plan. As a result, it was suggested that a goal to optimise the learning growth of every student P to 6 in English and mathematics be considered for inclusion in the new strategic plan.

It was also suggested that targets designed to measure progress toward achievement of this goal be formulated. Such targets would be aimed at ensuring every student makes at least expected progress each year and increasing the percentages of students performing above expected standards.

The panel’s considerations of strategies designed to achieve the learning goals and targets were based on the rationale that if the school’s teaching and learning models were embedded in every classroom then consistently high quality teaching will occur and every student will demonstrate good learning progress. The view formed by the panel that, given the evidence that existing strategies have been effective they be the continued focus of the next strategic plan:

­      Formalise and consistently embed an agreed whole school differentiated visible learning teaching and learning/instructional model

­      Develop a Writing model of practice based on the elements of the KPPS instructional model as an initial focus in the SSP.

­      Build teacher capacity to implement the KPPS instructional model and models of practice.

­      Continue the role of the Whole School Improvement Team in leading implementation of the KPPS instructional model.

Student engagement

The clear evidence of positive student perceptions about their cognitive, emotional and behavioural engagement with schooling resulted in the panel endorsing the school’s current directions, suggesting the following be considered for inclusion in the new School Strategic Plan.

Goal – To develop students who are inquiring, creative, critical thinkers and engaged in and connected to their learning

Target – To improve the student Attitudes to School Survey Stimulating Learning measure mean score to be at or above the state 75th percentile mark.

Based on the rationale that if students are cognitively, emotionally and behaviourally engaged with schooling then their outcomes will improve, the following key improvement strategies were suggested for consideration:

­     Further develop and implement planned approaches to implementation inquiry approaches that promote student voice and incorporate an ongoing sustainability program, the use of digital technologies in learning, and global perspectives.

­     Extend approaches to encompassing student and broader school community voice in supporting student learning.

Student wellbeing

Review panel suggestions for inclusion in the new School Strategic Plan were:

Goals – To develop resilient school community members who display growth mindsets, and behaviours and attitudes that reflect the (new) school values

Targets – A target to achieve Student Relationships and Wellbeing factor mean scores at levels at similar to or better than the state 75th percentile scores was suggested for inclusion in the new Strategic Plan.

Key improvement strategy – Review and refine the school values to create the language for a coordinated and consistent approach to student wellbeing programs.

2.4       Next steps

The panel’s opinion was that the school is very well placed for its next strategic plan period. Observations by the review panel were that the school’s current directions should lead the school to be optimistic about future gains. The panel noted the clarity in directions articulated by the leadership group.