Birchwood Drive, Dartford, Kent, DA2 7NE

01322 522 151

Joydens Wood Junior School

School Improvement Plan 2019/20

Every year in the Summer Term we evaluate ourselves as a school and look at what we have achieved during the last academic year. With this evaluation and with the data available, we then decide what our whole school priorities are for the next academic year.

.We like to include all staff in considering the strengths and areas for development. Information from parents and pupils gathered through the annual questionnaires also feeds into our evaluation.

We then make a plan for improvement based on the key areas of Achievement, Teaching & Learning, Behaviour & Safety and Leadership and Management.

Once we know our key objectives, we then decide what actions are needed, who will do them, when they will be done, how they will be monitored and evaluated and what the costs and resources will be. This information is shared with all of our stakeholders.

With the whole school priorities in mind, our key leaders and curriculum teams then make action plans for the year that feed in to this whole school plan. These action plans focus their work for the next academic year.

Each half term our Senior Management Team and our School Improvement Team look at our whole school self evaluation and update this. Mid way through the year (February) we monitor the school improvement plan and look at what we have achieved and what still needs to be done. Towards the end of an academic year we evaluate the plan to see what the impact of the plan has been. 


Our School Improvement Plan priorities 2019-20 are:

The Quality Of Education


  • To ensure that we continue to offer opportunities to develop the all-round child through creative opportunities and extra-curricular experiences – trips, special days and weeks etc
  • To ensure that the whole school curriculum map is well thought out and is developed across year groups. Teachers collaborating with each other to ensure progression but not too much repetition of content or skills ( a spiral curriculum)
  • To distinguish our barriers to learning at JWJS
  • To identity our cultural capital


  • To ensure that Subject leaders to ensure breadth, depth and relevance, as well as progression for each child irrespective of gender, ethnic background, aptitude or disability
  • To develop the experience based curriculum so it inspires children to learn and develop their physical, mental and personal wellbeing
  • To have regular, high quality CPD/coaching and mentoring positively impacts on teaching and learning
  • To have ample learning resources to support and develop our new experience curriculum


  • To ensure that progress for reading, writing, GPS and maths above Kent and National and reflects KS1 results.
  • To ensure attainment for high prior attainers in reading, writing and maths is in line or above Kent and National KS2 and reflects KS1 results.
  • *To raise the achievement of disadvantaged and underperforming pupils so that they make accelerated progress from low starting points
  • To diminish the difference between boys and girls in reading, writing, spag and maths.

Leadership and Management 

  • To ensure that middle leaders monitor their subject areas effectively across the academic year and use non-contact time efficiently to make themselves aware of the areas of strength and areas for development within their subject area and that they use this for action planning
  • To ensure that middle leaders are aware of progress and attainment in their subject area and use this information to develop accurate information about their subject and the assessment of it
  • For senior leaders to keep in regular contact with subject leaders across the year about how the monitoring of their subject is developing
  • *For governors to have a clear and accurate understanding of strength and weaknesses in the school and hold leaders to account rigorously for pupils’ outcomes

Behaviour and Attitudes 

  • *To ensure that our teaching across all classes is at least good so that pupils learn consistently well
  • To consistently reinforce our behaviour steps
  • To improve Attendance and Punctuality
  • To embed Growth Mindset across the school and curriculum
  • To develop a love of reading across our school


Personal development 

  • To enhance the PSHE delivery throughout the school
  • To develop a new SRE
  • To embed Forest School into the curriculum
  • To fully embed our Values Curriculum
  • To extend the offer of extra-curricular clubs, school trips, visitors and residentials.


* Next steps for the school from Ofsted Inspection in March 2019