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What do the changes to LNF Reporting mean for the future?
The recent announcement from Welsh Government that reporting on the LNF would be changing with immediate effect, came as quite a surprise. WG outlined the rationale given for the change as
"The aim of this changes is to enable schools to focus efforts on literacy and numeracy development in effective curriculum planning and assessment for learning approaches; a key focus of the new curriculum."
This reveals a determination on Kirsty Williams' part to make the new curriculum a success. She has listened to Estyn and OECD, who both mention formative assessment as needing further development. She has also heard teaching unions and other advocates of teacher well being, who say workload is an issue and she has tried to reduce that load by focussing on the elements of the LNF implementation that will have a lasting impact on pupil outcomes.
Another very important point that this change highlights, is the importance that is being placed on getting the explicit teaching and assessment of the LNF right at all levels. This reaffirms WG's intention that Literacy and Numeracy will underpin the entire curriculum. With the suggestion from the Strategy Group for Cross Curricular Responsibilities that skill pathways from the LNF may appear within the curriculum documents for each Area of Learning & Experience, it has never been so important to ensure every teacher in your school fully understands the expectations of the LNF and what that means in terms of explicit teaching, formative assessment and making sure pupils make measurable progress in Literacy and Numeracy across the curriculum.
Preparing for Donaldson a Case Study
In September 2016, head teacher Alison Dacey decided the way in which her staff taught in the classroom and supported and collaborated with each other needed to change in line with the newly published Donaldson Report. Alison contacted Impact School Improvement to support her Subject Coordinators and Senior Leaders with a particular focus on raising standards in Literacy and Numeracy across the curriculum.
Over the last year the actions that Ty Sign staff have been working on include:
- Re-organised staffing structure that reflects the Areas of Learning & Experience
- Renewed Curriculum Maps for all subjects that address the 4 Purposes of the new curriculum
- Renewed Schemes of Learning that provide a breadth of experiential learning in line with the 12 pedagogical principles of the Donaldson Review
- A focus on formative assessment strategies for key Literacy and Numeracy skills across the curriculum
- A digital exemplification process to develop staff understanding of what progress looks like for key Literacy and Numeracy skills
- Linking digital competence skills that support and develop key Literacy and Numeracy skills across the curriculum and how these can be taught effectively
- Using Sketchnoting to develop reading comprehension & numerical reasoning skills
The school has also begun a MAT project with Impact Ltd, looking at Higher Order Reading skills for more able pupils. The focus for this project is providing a consistent, effective MAT identification process in order to develop independent, capable learners who "set themselves high standards, and seek and enjoy challenge". The long term aim of the project is to embed an understanding of how to progress analytical reading skills across the curriculum that eventually all pupils will benefit from, not just those at the top end of the ability spectrum.
In response to these strategic improvements Estyn commented in a report on the school's work published in January of this year:
"A particular strength of the school is the detailed provision now in place to support
the progressive development of pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills. Pupils benefit
from structured opportunities to apply these skills in relevant and increasingly
challenging contexts across the curriculum."
If you would like to find out more about how Ty Sign Primary or other primary and secondary schools across Wales have begun their preparation for "a better education" in line with Donaldson's 68 recommendations to Welsh Government, go to our website www.impact.wales for more case studies, or contact us at email@example.com for a free initial consultation.
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