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Explicit School Improvement Agenda 2017
 
At Birkdale State School our goal is to ensure all students are operating above the National Benchmarks for Literacy and Numeracy. Our emphasis will be on providing the best opportunities to achieve the intended curriculum. We will achieve this through:
 
ü  Focus on targeted teaching of Reading
o  Explicitly  focussing on Reading through the embedding of the Birkdale State School Reading Framework and South East Region Reading Strategy  including decoding/comprehension skills
o    Data driven  student differentiation for Reading with a focus on improvement in the
       Upper 2 Bands
o    Individual student goals, strategies and targets for student improvement
o   Building staff capacity HOC/Peer Coaching approach; enhancing strong metalanguage and Reading pedagogy
 
ü  Focus on targeted teaching of Numeracy and Mathematics
o     Embed Guaranteed Viable Curriculum in Mathematics
o     Provide students with explicit strategies / tools for problem solving
o     Instructional Coaching model; Embed Guaranteed Viable Curriculum in Mathematics
o     Data driven individual student goals, strategies and targets for student improvement
 
ü  Embed the You Can Do It social and emotional support program
o  Embed whole school implementation of the five foundations – Getting Along, Confidence, Persistence, Resilience, Organisation into the Positive Behaviour for Learning Framework
o    Explicitly identify and teach expected behaviours for academic and social success
o    Focus on the “You Can Do It” 13 Habits of the Mind
o    Celebrate student achievement
 
ü  Focus on targeted teaching of Writing
o   Develop and implement The Birkdale State School Writing Program
o   Provide students with explicit strategies / tools for sustained writing
o   Instructional Coaching model; Embed school wide consistent writing practices 
o   Data driven individual strategies and targets for student improvement
 
At Birkdale State School, we know literacy and numeracy are keys to improving student outcomes. We will:
ü  Continue our clear focus on literacy and numeracy by embedding them within all teaching
      Units
ü  Respond to a range of student achievement data and select strategies that meet individual
      learning needs
ü  Build teacher capacity and pedagogical practice using Instructional Coaching
ü  Ensure that the teaching of literacy and numeracy is consistent throughout the school as
      identified in  the Birkdale State School Pedagogical Framework
ü  Clearly articulate sequences of learning for each year level.
ü  Provide quality resources to enhance the teaching of English and literacy, Mathematics and
     numeracy.
ü  Embed ICTs across the curriculum to enhance student learning.
 
2017 Targets % of students
Reading
Year 3
NMS 97% U2B 41%
Year 5
NMS 97%  U2B 36%
Writing
Year 3
 NMS 97%  U2B 40%
Year 5
NMS  97% U2B 30%
Spelling
Year 3
NMS 97%  U2B 35%
Year 5
NMS 97%  U2B 35%
Grammar
Year 3
NMS 97% U2B 50%
Year 5
NMS 97% U2B 40%
Numeracy
Year 3
NMS  97%  U2B 30%
Year 5
NMS  97% U2B 30%
Attendance
Students attending 95% or better
Reporting
15 % increase in As and Bs in  English, Maths and Science  15% decrease in Ds and Es in  English, Maths and Science
 
PAT R  - Stanine 5 attainment as a minimum standard    PAT – M – Stanine 5 attainment as a minimum standard
85%  of students achieve PM Year Level benchmark        85% of students achieve PROBE Year Level benchmark