Michael House School

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Michael House School was founded in 1934. It moved to its present site in 1977. It is situated close to Heanor in its own grounds adjoining the Shipley Country Park in Derbyshire. It caters for boys and girls aged from three years and six months to 16. The kindergarten classes include children from three and a half to six years. Those aged three to five follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum with agreed modifications and disapplications. The number of pupils on roll has declined significantly in recent years. At the time of the inspection there were 72 pupils on roll, 66 in the main school and 16 in the kindergarten. One pupil currently has an education health care plan (EHC plan). No pupils currently have English as an additional language (EAL). The school follows the Steiner Waldorf curriculum. Steiner’s philosophy and his views on child development and psychology underpin the school’s educational approach. The school aims to provide an environment and education that will allow pupils to become creative, responsible, and confident adults who are well equipped to face the many challenges of life. In common with other Steiner Waldorf schools there is no head teacher, and leadership and management rests with the trustees, the collegiate (a body made up of teachers, staff and the school manager) and the school administrator. A new board of trustees was appointed during 2016, and three additional trustees have been appointed recently. The school manager was appointed in December 2016. The school uses the Steiner Waldorf system of naming classes and these names are used throughout the report. The corresponding National Curriculum years are shown below. Steiner Class Names Kindergarten Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4/5 Class 6 Class 7/8 Class 9 Class 10 National Curriculum Year Groups Nursery, Year R, Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5/6 Year 7 Year 8/9 Year 10 Year 11 Progress monitoring report for Michael House School 28-29 June 2017 SECTION B: Evidence of progress in relation to the action plan and compliance Part 1, paragraph 2(1)(a): ensure that appropriate plans and schemes of work are drawn up for all subjects and implemented effectively. The standard is now met. School leaders now ensure that all lesson planning and schemes of work are completed and monitored by senior staff.. Schemes of work are now in place. While there is variation in the quality of planning documents, some are excellent with highly effective strategies to meet the needs of all students. Leaders are aware of weaker planning and provide support to help teachers develop planning skills. Teachers are required to produce daily lesson plans, and in nearly all the lessons seen during the inspection plans followed the school format, were of good quality and identified differentiated tasks. Part 1, paragraph 2(1)(b)(i): ensure that curriculum plans and schemes of work take into account the ages, aptitudes and needs of all pupils, including those with an EHC plan. The standard is now met. All the schemes of work now include some differentiated activities, especially for the most and least able and those with an EHC plan. Staff have received training in how to plan lessons, and the great majority of teachers conform to the new lesson planning format which is being trialled. Checks on the quality and completion of lesson plans and schemes of work are made by the school manager. . Part 1, paragraph 2(2)(d)(i): provide personal, social, health and economic education which reflects the school’s aims and ethos. The school has put in place a suitable plan for the provision of personal, social, health and economic education (PSHEE) which reflects its aims and ethos. Part 1, paragraph 2(2)(d)(ii):provide personal, social, health and economic education which encourages respect for other people paying particular regard to the protected characteristics set out in the 2010 Act. The standard is now met. The school has now identified and strengthened the points at which the PSHEE programme encourages respect for other people. Pupils said they were very interested by the recently introduced inputs on, for example, disability and human rights and felt that they were now learning more about life in Britain today. Part 1, paragraph 2(2)(h): ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to learn and make progress. The standard is now met.

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