Emily Weaver, Assistant Headteacher, Rowner Junior School, Gosport and Fareham Multi Academy Trust, UK
Kerry Payne, Executive Headteacher, Gosport and Fareham Multi Academy Trust, UK
Rowner Junior School, part of the Gosport and Fareham MAT, is a coastal school serving a demographic of high deprivation: 62 per cent of learners are eligible for additional pupil premium funding and 21 per cent of learners have identified, often complex, special educational needs and disabilities. Our ‘Opening Doors’ journey began in 2016, when achievement and progress were significantly below national levels (34 per cent combined reading, writing and maths at ARE), with vocabulary a notable weakness identified on entry and at the end of Key Stage 2.
‘When introduced to great writers and writing, children start to discover something deeper, more imaginative and more enduring than that which is understood in a moment and forgotten just as quickly.’ (Cox, 2014) Cox’s approach combines several