The effectiveness of the leadership and management of the school has continued to improve since the last inspection with improvements in pupils' achievements. These improvements have been driven by an energetic, passionate and focused leadership team. The head teacher, senior leaders and governors are a strong and united team, ensuring that pupils' needs, progress and achievements are always kept at the centre of the school priorities. High expectations are set in progress, achievements, teaching & learning and in all areas of the school's work. The head teacher, leadership team and governors have a secure overview of the school strengths and areas for development, based on an effective strategy for self-evaluation. 

Each year, the leadership team, along with the Governing body, analyse the school data and other key aspects of self-evaluation to decide on the key improvement priorities for the upcoming year. Progress towards these aims is closely monitored by the School Leadership Team. Each member monitors the actions being taken within a given strand and they are then answerable to key members of the Governing body, thus ensuring the priorities are met and improvement is evident. 

School Improvement Priorities 2020 - 2021

Below is an overview of the school improvement aims that the school is working towards this year. 




Success Criteria

To ensure pupils whose progress has been impacted by the Covid-19 lockdown catch up and are brought back on track


School was closed to all but vulnerable children and children of key workers from March 23rd to June 15th 2020. When school reopened in June 2020, it was only open to pupils in priority year groups. This was not statutory so not all pupils returned. As such, pupil-learning time needs to be maximised to ensure pupils are brought back on track and their lifelong learning is not negatively impacted.  The school will also be in receipt of Universal Catch Up funding from the DfE and is accountable for the spending of this grant.

Pupil outcomes data shows that the vast majority of pupils are on track, based on prior attainment, by the end of the academic year.

To ensure that pupils are not disadvantaged by another lockdown or class closure and they continue to make progress


Guidance from the DfE states that schools should be ready to provide high quality remote learning in the event of a school or class closure.

The school has a robust remote learning policy in place and systems operate to minimise the impact of any further school/partial closures.

To further develop the role of the subject leader


In light of recent national changes in the Ofsted EIF, the role of the subject leader has become more critical. Following the school’s review of its curriculum, subject leaders need to continue to evolve their role in ensuring the curriculum that is being delivered meets the intent set.  

Subject leaders have a clear understanding of the implementation and impact of their subject area across the school.




Success Criteria

To support pupils’ wellbeing on their return to school following the national Covid-19 lockdown.


The vast majority of pupils have not attended school since March 23rd 2020. The country is experiencing a global pandemic and children’s mental health may be adversely affected. It is important that children’s wellbeing is at the centre of all we do as they return to school. Only then will progress and learning take place.  

Pupils are settled back in school and have transitioned into their new classes. New routines are established and children are happy in their learning.

To ensure the PSHE and RSE curriculum meet the new statutory guidelines set in September 2020.

In September 2020, the Government introduced the new statutory RSE and PSHE curriculum. School needed to review its existing provision and ensure it meets the new expectations.

The RSE and PSHE curriculum delivered across the school meets statutory expectations

To further support mental health and wellbeing across the school.

Pupil and staff mental wellbeing have always been a focus at Northway. However, the changes in Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2020) explicitly comment on mental wellbeing so our systems for supporting mental wellbeing need to be made more explicit.

A mental health first aider has been identified and is offering signpost support for pupil wellbeing. Staff wellbeing is a clear priority with a package of support available.



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Northway Primary School

Dodds Lane
L31 9AA

Main Contact: Mrs C Booth

Tel: 0151-526-2565
Fax: 0151-526-6303