Pippins School chose the SIMS School Improvement Programme to examine the school as a whole and to support them on their journey in taking the lead in the new world of assessment without levels.
Tracy Ball, Headteacher, explains: “We’re committed to a continual cycle of school improvement and wanted to be sure we were on track. The SIMS School Improvement Programme consultancy offered us the opportunity of a fresh pair of eyes to assess the school.”
“The first SIMS consultant set us up with a data analysis toolkit enabling us to produce the detailed reports needed for performance tables more effectively. She then set up analysis grids to help with whole school evaluation, including measuring staff performance effectively.”
A second SIMS consultant then examined the school as a whole, looking at teaching, learning and the school’s leadership strategy. Tracy says: “Our SIMS consultant was not only an expert in SIMS, school leadership issues and school improvement, but also a practising Ofsted inspector. With his many different hats, he was able to assess our effectiveness in every area of school life.”
The Pippins School senior leadership team values the flexibility of SIMS to support them in responding proactively to the changing world of assessment without levels and the new curriculum. Tracy says: “We’ve thought a great deal about where we’d like to go with assessment and as a result we’re proud to be leading the way. SIMS and SIMS consultancy are playing a key part in supporting us to achieve this and we aim to have our new assessment system embedded by this time next year.”
Tracy sums up how the SIMS School Improvement Programme has helped the school: “The analytical but supportive expertise of the SIMS consultants has helped us strengthen the quality of teaching and learning throughout the school. The pre-inspection health check and advice provided valuable insight and guidance, giving us the confidence to respond positively to our next Ofsted inspection. We now have our next steps!”