There is a clear and definable link between Leadership and Management, teaching and learning and the achievement of pupils in the school. One aspect to be closely looked at as part of the September 2015 Framework is:
“the effectiveness of the actions leaders take to secure and sustain improvements to teaching, learning and assessment”.
Leaders at all levels must understand this link and the implications for their roles and responsibilities. Keeping focused on this core purpose is key to improving teaching and achievement.
For schools to be successful, leaders must ensure:
- there are robust procedures for monitoring and evaluating the quality of teaching and learning and tackling underperformance;
- best practice is accurately identified and modelled;
- there is direct linkage between Performance Management, Continuing Professional Development and School Development Planning;
- there is capacity to bring about sustainable improvement in the quality of teaching over time or to maintain good and outstanding teaching.
- Have you developed a culture of improvement within teaching and learning?
- Have you an agreed system for monitoring and evaluating the quality of teaching which is understood by all staff?
- Are your judgement criteria secure and aligned with those from Ofsted?
- Do you have effective strategies for moderating judgements across the school?
- Can you demonstrate that your current practice results in improvements over time for individual teachers and to the whole school profile?
- Can you show that underperformance is always tackled quickly if it becomes apparent?
- Can you demonstrate that improving teaching is leading to improved achievement over time?
- Can you show that leadership has the capacity to ensure that trends in improvement are sustainable over time?
If you answered no to any or some of these questions the time might be right for your school to review and revisit its approach to the leadership and development of teaching.
How We Can Help
For examples of comprehensive descriptors and guidance for leaders on giving effective feedback see our Practical Handbook for Improving Teaching and Learning.
Use our online Lessons Learned System to analyse teaching over time by recording observations of teaching, planning, marking, learning walks and more. Gather an instant and clear picture of where school strengths and weaknesses lie. Track your appraisal data keeps leaders up to date on how all staff are progressing towards their objectives. Click here to find out more.