St Bernadette's

School Improvement

Our proposed priorities for improvement for Session 2018 – 2019 include:

Continuous improvement in learning and teaching in maths and literacy;


Improvement in using ICT and technologies to support learning;


Continuing to Develop Growth Mindset and nurture across the school;


Further development of assessment, recording and profiling procedures for all pupils.


St Bernadette’s Primary

School Improvement Report (Summary)

September 2018


Schools and Centres must provide an annual school improvement report (SIR) as a record of the progress made with the annual improvement plan. The SIR should be based on the results of on-going self-evaluation which is rigorous, effective and based on consideration of impact. This self-evaluation should be informed by How good is our school? 4th edition (HGIOS?4)

Last year we had 4 priorities.

School priority 1: Literacy – Improve attainment in reading comprehension through high quality questioning and feedback with a focus on developing higher order thinking skills. Improve attainment in writing across the curriculum through consistent use of NLC Active Literacy and Big Writing. Improve attainment in literacy through the development of Holistic assessments in literacy.

Progress and Impact: All staff and children worked well with higher order thinking skills and most children applied these to reading comprehension tasks. Attainment in literacy continues to be in line with authority and national averages.

86% of children in P1 achieved Early Level Literacy

96% of children in P4 achieved 1st level in Reading and Talking and Listening.

83% of children in P4 achieved 1st level in Writing

79% of children in P7 achieved 2nd Level Reading and Writing

96% of children in P7 achieved 2nd level Talking and Listening

Next Steps: (What are we going to do now?) – P3 will be targeted for additional support to improve literacy. The class will be split and a challenge group will be created.  The children will begin to use the Talk for Writing method to build skills in writing.  Parents will be involved in supporting literacy through workshops and a story craft club. CLD will support us in this area.

School priority 2: Numeracy – Improve attainment in Numeracy through regular use of Number Talks and Mathletics at P1-7 and continued development of assessment and moderation procedures through holistic assessments.

Progress and Impact: Engagement with Mathletics and Number Talks was very good. Children are showing increasing confidence and competence in mental agility.  Teachers made good use of Mindset Maths to further improve attitudes towards maths.  The holistic assessments were created and used cluster wide.  The impact was mixed due to differences in planning and approach.  Attainment levels in mental arithmetic improved at all levels and was evidenced in SNSA and CEM.

86% of P1 pupils achieved Early Level Numeracy

96% of P4 pupils achieved 1st Level Numeracy

70% of P7 pupils achieved 2nd Level Numeracy

Next Steps: The P6 class will be the focus group for continued improvement in numeracy. They will continue to use Mindset Maths, Mathletics and Number Yalks.  A challenge group will be created to support extension for the more able.

School priority 3: Improve pupil HWB through the continuation of our nurturing approach and the development of a coherent programme of study and support from P1-7.

Progress and impact: All staff make use of the Healthy Schools Scotland for planning Health and Wellbeing. The school has a strong nurturing ethos and children feel supported.  All children get opportunities and experience of growth mindset, meditation and mindfulness through the HWB curriculum.

Next Steps: P4 will be targeted in improving HWB to impact upon behaviour, attendance and late coming.  CLD will support us in this area.

All P4 will be involved in a music programme to develop confidence and self-esteem.

School priority 4: Curriculum Development Technology & ICT – Children’s learning through Technology and ICT will improve through the development and consolidation of a progressive and coherent programme of study and assessment.   Technology will also be used more widely and consistently to support all areas of the curriculum with a particular focus on Literacy and Numeracy.

Progress and impact – All children had quality experiences in ICT and a progressive programme of skills has been developed. The school was awarded Digital Schools Award in June 2018 in recognition of our work in this area.

Next Steps: Continue to develop the programme of work and ensure children have regular opportunities to use ICT in learning.

Roman Catholic Schools Priority

Developing in Faith Themes – Serving the common good;

Our school shows: a commitment to communicate Catholic Social Teaching and thereby to promote social justice for all. Throughout the year the children were involved in a variety of fund raising events to support those in need in society.  Our children served as Altar Servers and our P6 & P7 children worked on the Pope Francis Faith Award.  All children learned about the Global Goals through the committees.

Next Steps – The school will continue in its charitable work. The school will work towards becoming a Rights Respecting School.


Pupil Equity Fund (£40,400)

Our PEF funding was used to support targeted pupils in P1 to develop early literacy and numeracy skills to allow them to achieve early level benchmarks by the end of P1. We worked with partners to further develop family learning through a range of after school activities to improve the health and wellbeing of targeted children and their families.  We gave all children access to Mathletics to develop number competence and confidence both in school and at home.   We purchased ICT hardware to allow children to engage more fully with digital learning in all classes.

Impact – 85% of children in P1 achieved Early level in literacy and numeracy.

Our Family Learning Fridays ran through the course of the year and were well attended. Parents and pupils were positive about the benefits and impact of the sessions.

Maths and Numeracy improved at all stages through the use of Mathletics. Children who engaged well made good gains.

New maths resources and I-Pads contributed to improved learning and teaching in maths.

Next Steps Pupil Equity Fund 2018/19 (£39,000):  An additional PT will be funded to lead continued improvement in maths and to manage data related to improvement.  Mathletics will be paid for for all students.

An Additional Needs Support Assistant will be employed to continue to support literacy and numeracy at the early stages.

A PE teacher will be employed for 2 days to embed Better Movers Better Thinkers across the school.

P4 & P5 will benefit from Music tuition and they will all learn to play an instrument. 60 ukeles will be purchased.

Priorities for 2018/19

Improve attainment in language and literacy (P3)

Improve attainment in numeracy and mathematics (P6)

Improve health and well-being and achievement (P4)

Achieve Rights Respecting School status – Whole school

Assigning levels using quality indicators



Every year schools are required to evaluate aspects of their work using the following core Quality Indicators (QIs). Our Evaluation levels for 2017/18, validated by our visit from NLC in May 2018 are as follows-

Quality indicator      

1.3 Leadership of change                                          Very Good

2.3 Learning, teaching and assessment                     Good

3.1 Ensuring wellbeing, equity and inclusion             Very Good

3.2 Raising attainment and achievement                  Good

1.2 Leadership of Learning                                         Very Good


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