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Our Development Plan

Our school development plan details the school’s priority areas for the year, along with the student achievement targets and the strategies that have been selected by the teaching staff to be implemented throughout the course of the year. The school development plan currently has four priority areas:

  • Cooperative Learning
  • IDEAS
  • English
  • Numeracy

These priority areas were developed through analysis of student performance data and information and in consultation with staff and the school council. They are consistent with Department of Education’s Classroom First strategy as part of the Department of Education’s Strategic Plan for WA Public Schools 2012 – 2015.

Cooperative Learning 

Since 2009 Poseidon Primary School has been incorporating cooperative learning strategies into the daily teaching and learning experience. Cooperative learning is a successful teaching strategy in which small teams, each with students of different levels of ability, use a variety of learning activities to improve their understanding of a subject. Each member of a team is responsible not only for learning what is taught but also for helping teammates learn, thus creating an atmosphere of achievement. Unlike individual learning, which can be competitive in nature, students learning cooperatively capitalize on one another’s resources and skills (asking one another for information, evaluating one another’s ideas, monitoring one another’s work, etc). Furthermore, the teacher’s role changes from giving information to facilitating students’ learning.

This feature of our school has been developed because research indicates that when cooperative learning is implemented effectively, the following student outcomes can be achieved:

  • increased engagement in learning,
  • higher self esteem,
  • higher achievement,
  • increased retention,
  • greater collaborative skills,
  • greater intrinsic motivation,
  • better attitudes to school, and
  • greater use of higher level reasoning.

Our staff have participated in extensive professional development and have the knowledge, skills and understanding to integrate cooperative learning strategies and tactics throughout the curriculum. Teachers are also provided with a range of resources to support the cooperative learning in each classroom throughout the school.

IDEAS Program

After 25 years of providing a quality and inclusive education to the Heathridge community, Poseidon Primary has embarked on a process of revitalisation to ensure that we continue to provide for the 21st century learning needs of our students. In 2010 we began the process of revitalisation using resources, workshops and on-site consultation from the Professional Learning Institute and the University of Southern Queensland. IDEAS (Innovative Designs for Enhancing Achievements in Schools) is a research based and highly respected comprehensive approach to school revitalisation that recognises the extraordinary complexity and subtlety of teaching. It provides ways of illuminating teachers’ successful practices and creating new levels of meaning.

A school-wide survey was conducted in 2010. The survey was based on research that has been designed to inform school communities of their successful practices and identify areas for improvement. Parents, Year 5 to 7 students and staff were provided with the opportunity to complete slightly differently worded versions of the same survey to ascertain the perceptions of each of these school groups on key aspects of the school.

The survey was divided into five components:

  • Outcomes: School Successes and Achievements
  • Strategic Foundations: School Vision and Structures
  • Cohesive Community: The School and its Community
  • Infrastructural Design: Work Practices and School Organisation
  • School Wide Pedagogy: Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The results of the survey were summarised in two reports cards. The first one highlighted the positives for the school, whilst the second one identified potential areas where improvements could be achieved. Independent analysis by consultants from the University of Southern Queensland have identified that the two main priorities for Poseidon Primary are the creation of an inspirational vision and the development of meaningful school wide pedagogy. An IDEAS School Management Team has been established to lead the school community through a range of processes to create both of these priorities.

The survey was conducted again in Term 3, 2012, and the results are being analysed to gauge the school community’s current perception of the school. Another survey is due this year.

English & Numeracy

These subjects are covered further in Our Programs.

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