Minutes Parent Council – Meeting #1 – Wednesday 23rd October 2019
- Mr Morris spoke about individual school results and the destinations and performances of individual students.
- Mr Morris discussed the A level Quality indicator scores and how the school is categorised as Outstanding. Questions were answered about how the ALPS scores are calculated.
- Mr Morris spoke about the performance of individual students and then the progress of different sub groups at the school.
- There were discussions about the gaps in performance between gender.
- It was discussed that there was an increase in attainment this academic year in comparison.
- Mr Morris explained why the P8 scores published on the DFE website are currently inaccurate and how it will be updated.
- Mr Morris spoke about the individual subject areas and how they performed in the GCSE examinations.
- Mr Morris spoke about the national issues with Health and Social Care examinations and how these national issues affected the students at the schools.
- Mr Morris spoke about the CPD that is going to be put in place across the school to support boys achievement.
- Mr Morris spoke about the SPI measurement and how it is similar to progress 8 measurements but for individual subject areas.
- Mr Morris spoke about key development for 2019/20 including curriculum design and creating opportunities for students.
- Mr Morris spoke about teaching for mastery and curriculum design principles; Rosenshine’s principles of instruction.
- Issues with the buses were discussed.
Minutes Parent Council – Meeting #2 – Wednesday 27th November 2019
Mrs Rayner – Sixth Form Provision
Mrs Rayner spoke to the parent council
- Mrs Rayner spoke about the vision and ethos of the 6th
- She spoke about the vocational and traditional A level routes for the 6th form and how these are sometimes combined with a number of students doing a combination of facilitating and vocational subjects.
- Mrs Rayner spoke about the new subjects that the 6th form is offering
- Mrs Rayner spoke about the ‘facilitating subjects’ and how they are preferred by Russell group universities.
- Mrs Rayner spoke about the Russell group universities and how these are defined.
- Mrs Rayner spoke about the OCR technical and how they have more coursework elements.
- Mrs Rayner spoke about the student leadership structures in the 6th
- Mrs Rayner spoke about the supportive tutor system and how students who are teaching a subject often have students who take that subject in their tutor groups.
- Mrs Rayner spoke about the enrichment activities, such as first aid opportunities working with ‘kwik fit’ on car maintenance and visits to Rwanda.
- Mrs Rayner spoke about the future careers support for students and Independent careers advisors, mock interviews, gap year workshops and summer schools.
- Mrs Rayner spoke about the 6th Form results and how the progress indicator is strong for the 6th
- Mrs Rayner spoke about the Alps process for tracking student and the grading systems for ALPS.
- Mrs Rayner spoke about the 6th form progress scores across Dorset and how The Purbeck School was performing across the county.
- There were questions asked about the number of external students that entered The Purbeck School 6th
- Mrs Rayner spoke about the resit opportunities for students that did not manage to get their English or Maths GCSE.
- Mrs Rayner spoke about the potential changes to future careers and how skills are potentially as important as qualifications for getting forward in careers.
- Mrs Rayner spoke about the Gatsby benchmarks and how all schools need to address the Gatsby benchmarks.
- Mrs Rayner spoke about the five star award for Dorset County Council for careers guidance for students.
- Mrs Rayner spoke about the school careers fair, external speakers, trips and visits and assemblies.
- Mrs Rayner showed snapshots of the 6th form tutor programme and how it ties in with delivering presentation skills or teamwork or problem solving.
- Mrs Rayner spoke about the 6th form mentoring of year 11 students.
- Mrs Rayner spoke about the bifurcation strategy for careers and enrichment as how it is simultaneously embedded into every school day, whilst also there are some specific ‘one off’ events for students to flag the importance for students.
- Questions were asked about the popular subjects in the school.
- It was also asked about the number of students that should make a 6th form classes financially viable.
- It was asked what percentage of students from Y11 come to The Purbeck School 6th
- Bus prices from Swanage were discussed and the issues with the transport for young people.
- The column structure for options was discussed and explained to parents and how subjects were grouped to allow for effective combinations for students.
Minutes Parent Council – Meeting #3 – Wednesday 22nd January 2020
Mr T Mockridge – Praise
- Mr Mockridge shared the latest research on praise systems with the parent council and discussed the personal research that he had been undertaking into praise with the student council.
- Mr Mockridge discussed the information relating to praise that had been derived from the ‘pupil pursuit’ observations across the school.
- Mr Mockridge discussed further work that he had undertaken before he proposed the changes to the school praise policy, including: reviewing and auditing current rewards policy; research into praise and rewards systems in education; collecting feedback from Department Heads on any department specific rewards policies; surveys with targeted students to gain more general student feedback on the current rewards policy; reviewing current rewards budget for praise systems.
- Mr Mockridge shared the current system for praise in the school such as house points, super 7 and super 7 lounge.
- Mr Mockridge shared quotations from academics who have studied effective praise systems and drew out the following key ideas:
- Effective praise specifically describes positive behaviours
- Praising Effort Rather than Intelligence Fosters a Growth Mindset
- Praising Positive Behaviour for Learning has a ripple effect
- Praise enhances memory
- Mr Mockridge discussed what current heads of department are doing and what students have said about how they feel about praise within the school.
- Mr Mockridge explained the SIMS system for issuing praise and discussed the move towards ‘conduct points’ which take into consideration student negative and positive behaviours to allocate an overall ‘conduct score’.
- Mr Mockridge then outlined 5 areas for development based on his research and findings within the school. He explored the draft new policy with parents and it was felt that the new policy would be a ‘significant improvement to the older policy’. He discussed new rewards structure and the inclusion of automatic praise for student attendance.
- The parent council would like a tour of the school in the next meeting.
- Mr Mockridge would return to the parent council to talk through the final policy and how it is being implemented when it is launched across the school.
Academic Year 2017/18