Whilst being a Local Authority, community maintained primary school, with our own distinctiveness and unique ethos, at Toynton we strongly believe that the power of collaboration help us to raise outcomes for our children. To achieve this aim, Mrs Coulthurst is the Lead Head Teacher in the Kyra East Teaching School Alliance, which involves 23 other schools in East Lindsey. Through "outward facing" connections with professionals and children across these schools, this informal collaboration involves the the following:
- Professional forums where Teachers and leaders engagement in meetings, to build their subject expertise and leadership capacity, in the key priority areas of Maths, English, the Early Years Foundation Stage, SEND, Pupil Premium, Leadership and Governance, Science, Mental Health and Wellbeing and School Business Management
- Peer Review involving triads across the collaboration, engaging in appreciative enquiry of each others' strategic development priorities, providing external validation of schools' internal evaluation in the areas of Intent, Implementation and Impact. Having a fresh pair of eyes to inform our practice and what it looks like from the outside, enables schools to create a sustainable improvement cycle, with the critical support and challenge of their peers.
- Moderations of our children's work to validate our assessment judgements and to share best practice across the collaboration, enables our teachers to reach out to peers across the County. Teachers meet twice a year, year group to year group, to share successes, teaching strategies and resources in order to support the learning of our collective children in particular age phases.
- Pupil voice opportunities for our School Council members to visit Kyra Kids Council schools, in order that they can develop friendships in readiness for secondary school and so that they can "magpie" ideas from other schools to share back at Toynton. This year, our visits will involve a trip to Chapel St Leonards to experience their "Beach School", a visit to North Somercotes, to cook in their bespoke children's kitchen and a visit to Frithville Primary School, where we will take part in an archeological dig. Our Head Boys and Girls will be visiting the London-based Kidzania children's city in January 2020, with the following year's children visiting The Houses of Parliament.
- The Kyra JOSO Programme (Junior Online Safety Officers) is running its third year, in collaboration with the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (LSCP) where we receive 11 challenges from the Partnership to raise awareness in E-safety within our school. Previous challenges have involved creating Youtube videos, holding assemblies with the children, carrying out questionnaires and performing a JOSO rap!
- Kyra Ignite is an annual tournament, involving 14 children from each of the 23 schools (322 in total!) to compete in all sorts of sporting events, for a day, with other children in the same year as them. This event celebrates the children's respect for each other, good sporting attitudes and simply "having a go."
- Soil Association - Food for Life we currently have our Bronze award and are working towards our Silver.
We also collaborate with local primary schools, to enrich the first hand learning experiences of our collective children and to strive for excellence in the teaching and learning opportunities that they have. Our joint mission is to ensure “the success and achievement of the children.” Our work together has a big impact on both children and adults alike in school, as we build strong and enduring friendships. Here are just a few of the activities that we enjoy together:
- Residentials at the Lincolnshire Wildlife Park, the Skegness Aquarium (arts and drama) and Old Boling Broke (geography and history)
- The annual Spilsby Music Festival, which has been running for many years
- School Council Visits to each others' schools
- Writing workshops for Year 2 children
- Inter-sports competitions in Netball, Athletics, Tag Rugby and Football
- WOW Writing Projects, such as “We’re Going On A Bear Hunt”