How schools can ensure their teaching is Good or Outstanding
Schools cannot be judged as a ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ unless teaching is ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’. Developing teaching and learning should be continual and should be seen as a principal activity of the school. The aim must be to ensure that teaching reaches the minimum standard of ‘Good’ at all times and that all teachers aspire to be ‘Outstanding.’
Schools should be centres of learning for both pupils and staff
If learning and the principle of continuous improvement are at the heart of a school’s purpose then they apply to all people in the school. Learning always has to be linked to the notion of development, and this development is ensured in successful schools by high quality, effective evaluation which informs practice in teaching. Processes and systems to develop the quality of teaching should be seen as the Assessment for Learning of staff and should follow the same principles as AfL for pupils. That is:
- they use evaluation to improve practice;
- expectations are high;
- it is assumed that improvement can take place;
- judgements are made against clear criteria;
- high quality dialogue/feedback is vital;
- actions are agreed and supported.
- have a clear view about what constitutes effective teaching and communicate it;
- develop a culture of continuous improvement;
- implement systems and practices which are fair, practical and developmental;
- ensure linkage between Appraisal and Professional Development;
- remain focused.
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- agree that their pupils deserve good teaching;
- want their pupils to achieve to the best of their ability;
- be committed to continuous development in their practices;
- be willing to work within a culture of professional growth.
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Our training covers the elements of culture and practice and outlines the responsibilities of leaders and teaching staff (including Teaching and Learning Support Assistants). We encourage attendance by all those involved as this not only means that there is a shared understanding but an important message about the value of what people do.
Sessions are practical and include observation of lessons using the Lessons Learned Framework so that all staff can develop their skills and understanding.
Schools often wish to share training with other locality schools, and we actively encourage this. Pricing is dependent on timings and numbers. For more information or to talk over your particular requirements please contact us and we can give you an exact cost.