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Muriel Green Nursery School

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School Development Plan 2019-2020



“Developing curious children who are prepared for lifelong learning”












At Muriel Green Nursery School and Day Care we aim for all children to be:


Secure, safe and happy in their relationships and the environment

Interested, excited and motivated to learn so that they achieve their full potential

Independent learners, proud of their achievements and confident in their own abilities

Confident speakers and listeners that express their own needs and opinions and reflect on and understand those of others

Curious independent thinkers that investigate, experiment and ask questions












Quality of education:

Fully accessible curriculum that deeply engages all children and ensures there are no barriers to learning regardless of their backgrounds, circumstances or needs.


  1. Practitioners use children’s interest, fascinations and curiosities to construct meaningful learning experiences.
  2. Encourage children to publish and celebrate learning in a variety of ways
  3. Close the gap between all identified vulnerable children and their non-vulnerable peers across the school ensuring their attendance facilitate this.
  4. Staff work collaboratively to design and construct a curriculum with clear intent that is implemented and impact measured across the setting.

Quality of education:

Children are ignited with a love of reading which is supported by practitioners providing a comprehensive vocabulary bank

  1. Reading is embedded and children are confident to explore age and stage appropriate books that are linked to phonics teaching.
  2. Communication and language development underpin all activities
  3. A systematic approach to teaching early reading skills and phonic development is embedded and closely monitored to ensure accelerated progress.


Leadership and Management:

Establish a culture of professional learning whereby staff and leaders of all levels act as researchers to embed change.

  1. All staff to be engaged and motivated in building their pedagogical understanding and early years’ subject knowledge so that this drives improvement in the quality of education.
  2. All staff receive bespoke professional development opportunities to enhance their own teaching.
  3. A case study schedule exemplifies practitioner action research and disseminates best practice approaches.
  4. Governors ensure their professional knowledge is kept to update to maximise meaningful engagement with staff.

Ultimately, school is fun for everyone

Parents, governors and the wider school community are fully involved and participate in school life

Reduced workload for staff at all levels

Key Performance Indicators


  • Children demonstrate the Characteristics of Effective Learning consistently across the setting
  • Children can speak about prior and current learning which is evident within they access learning.
  • Adults consistently teach skills based on what children know and can do, providing opportunity for them to practice, rehearse and consolidate these skills during child initiated learning (CIL)
  • Gap between all identified vulnerable children and their non-vulnerable peers across the school is narrowed
  • All children to achieve to their full potential, making expected+ progress from their starting point
  • 100% of teaching and learning to be good or better
  • Curiosity approach accreditation achieved
  • Children can be heard practicing and applying new vocabulary in meaningful contexts.
  • Practitioners seize every opportunity to teach new and relevant vocabulary.
  • Children are able to reference books and how they support their learning.
  • Proportion of children attaining above age related expectations in C&L to improve on previous year.
  • Pupils interaction with adults and one another evidences appropriate and ambitious word choices
  • A systematic delivery of phonics improves on proportion of children attaining in age related expectations in Literacy.
  • Ensure a clear focus on vocabulary acquisition so pupils have a wide lexicon with which to access the appropriate texts for their year group
  • Staff members can articulate the impact of their action research
  • Action research projects improve the quality of education and learning experiences for all children.
  • Staff understand the benefit of applying approaches learning in other areas of the setting.
  • The curiosity approach is implemented and supports children’s imaginations to ensure they are deeply engaged and sustain high levels of concentration.
  • Governors access all relevant and pertinent training and complete scheduled visits in line with annual schedule.