Inspiring and Empowering People

St. Michael's Learning Culture

St. Michael's staff are dedicated and inspiring people who are key to our learning culture. We are fortunate to work in a school where a wide-variety of professional development is important. We engage in research, collaborate with other schools and work with a wide range of professional partners to ensure we are always learning, innovative, reflective - all leading to the highest possible quality provision for our children.

INSET Day Oct 2017

We enjoyed an INSET Day Conference alongside with local primary and secondary schools in October 2017 entitled 'Resilience and Well-being'. We were fortunate to hear from an excellent key speaker - Andy Cope - who is part of a company called 'The Art of Brilliance'.

We bought two books that Andy signed and these are currently being passed around the staff team to inspire us even further!

In the autumn term 2017 we worked on aspects such as...

  • Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) Inspection framework - following our outstanding SIAMS inspection in Feb 2014 and mid-term health-check in the summer term 2017, we have created an action plan as to our next steps for further improvement and to ensure the highest quality provision continues.
  • Subject Leadership - each member of staff leads a subject or area of school life, such as School Council. The staff are expected to closely monitor and develop the quality of provision in their area via a wide variety of activities on an ongoing basis. This is in addition to their classroom responsibilities.
  • RE - We are implementing 'Understanding Christianity' across the school and the staff have worked with Mrs Halliwell to plan a scheme of work that builds on our RE Quality Mark Gold.
  • Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) - We are working on implementing a whole school scheme of work for PSHE to add to the work we already do with the children in this area and compliment our values programme. The staff were able to work with Nancy (who teaches on the Life Bus) and develop their understanding of the scheme of work we have purchased.

INSET Day January 2018

During our New Year INSET, the staff worked on further developing our Mathematics teaching and learning led by Mrs Pickering as our Maths Leader and resident maths expert!

We explored new ideas for the delivery of engaging maths lessons and are looking at a new maths planning system, published by Herts for Learning. This is currently being rolled across the whole school and has a focus on maths mastery; problem-solving, applying maths skills in a variety of contexts, investigating, asking questions, breadth, depth and challenge for all.

Our focus in the spring term is based around the curriculum and ensuring it is as creative and innovative as it could be, linked to the new school vision.