2023 - 2026
BSGC is fully committed to school improvement and ensuring that we consistently enhance the education and opportunities offered to our students. A key component of this commitment is enshrined with the School Development Plan (SDP). This plan identifies and articulates, to all constituents, the school’s priorities for improvement until 2026.
The plan was formulated from the feedback from two main sources; the school’s inspection in February 2023 (full report available via link), and the BSGC Parent Survey from March 2023. Both provided enlightening insights into the school’s strengths, as well as areas for development; these aspects formed the basis of our SDP.
The main aims for the SDP 2023-26 are:
Use of Data
The school has a huge amount of data, including levels of attendance, baseline assessments, attitudinal surveys and externally accessed examinations. Collating and analysing the most important data is key in supporting students’ development and the staff in their teaching to ensure the best results possible. These results are not solely academic, but social, emotional and physical, and can be enhanced through the tracking of progress, early detection of issues and the identification of achievement and progress.
Key aspects in this strand are;
Quality of Teaching
High quality teaching is the bedrock of the school, forming the foundation upon which all other strengths can grow. Within the SDP we focus on a shared understanding of Rosenshine’s pedagogical principles that will be fundamental to the school’s teaching. These principles, based on extensive research, classroom practice and lesson observations, will permeate all teaching across the school, with all staff expected to infuse and inculcate into daily practice.
Additionally, regular visits to the school’s classrooms by managers on Learning Walks, where they observe daily practice, have become a daily expectation within the school. Regularly planned scrutiny and comparison of student work by teachers, agreed lesson planning expectations and the use of student performance data to guide teaching, are also being implemented.
Written English at the end of Primary
The use of English is a unique and fundamental component of the school. Full immersion in the medium of English is initiated from the first days in the school. This immersion develops analytical, discursive, questioning, augmentative, descriptive and creative skills in oral and written English. These skills are central to the school and, in this element of the SDP, we will extend and enhance levels of written English by the end of Primary.
The students’ development will be based on a revised curriculum pathway, the extensive use of writing frameworks, careful tracking of progress and the comparison of student work across the school. These initiatives, in addition to alignment and liaison with the Secondary English Dept, will ensure an enhancement of written skills in this area.
BSGC looks to ensure that the school community is well informed so that it is knowledgeable about the school, thereby contributing to a harmonious and unified school. Based on the Parents’ Survey, a series of Open-Door Meetings have been introduced so that all parents have the opportunity to pose questions and receive responses, talk directly with senior staff, and for the school to share additional information as well. These meetings will be schedule regularly.
The parents’ survey is planned to be conducted annually, ensuring a consistent channel remains open for the sharing of ideas and concerns. The enhancement and communication of clear guidelines for parents to contact secondary teachers will be implemented, as well as increasing the support and guidance for primary/secondary transition.
In order to ensure that the school community, and wider Canarian public, are knowledgeable and well-informed about the strengths and achievements of the school, we will enhance our profile and presence on social media.
Increase Opportunities for Physical Activity
Physical activity already has a high-profile and importance within the school, with numerous clubs and sports fixture, alongside curricular PE that extends right up to pre-university levels. With this impressive range of opportunities already available, BSGC is looking to extend the time and range of options available during after-school and lunchtime clubs. This will include contacting additional external specialists, alongside training BSGC staff in coaching and delivery of PE.
The number of House sports competition will be augmented, with one-a-month in primary and two/three per term in Secondary. The secondary lunchtime sports clubs will also be promoted, with a specific focus on encouraging participation from teenage girls.
The school’s PE Dept continues to lead and organise all the local schools’ sports competitions, for altruistic reasons as well as a desire to provide numerous opportunities’ for BSGC pupils.
Learning Support Review
In order to ensure good support is available to all our pupils, a review and extension of our Learning Support provision is plan for 2023-24. This will include alignment across the different sectors of the school, coordination of the school’s structures and processes and the enhancement and amplification of links with external specialists to support BSGC students.
Crta. Tafira a Marzagán s/n.
35017 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
+(34) 928 351 167
C/ Mar de Azor, 3
35100 San Bartolomé de Tirajana
+(34) 928 142 494
The British School of Gran Canaria. Private non-profit school following the UK Curriculum. Providing Education for pupils from 3 to 18. Our school is committed to providing a challenging, fulfilling and encompassing educational experience to all our students,