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Developing teachers to ensure children excel

Continual Professional Development is an important part of everything we do at Gateway.  Without constant review and development, the impact of the teaching and therefore learning of the children could potentially stagnate.  Educational research has highlighted the importance of CPD for teachers as being essential to a pupil reaching their full potential. 

Already, three weeks into the term, we have had two staff INSET days, three staff meetings and six teachers have attended external courses.  Topics have included the use of technology in the classroom, phonics training, the role of assessment, safeguarding and even how to be an amazing teacher!  Teachers are encouraged to share their good practice and educational articles are shared from Twitter on a daily basis.  It certainly cannot be said that the Gateway staff are set in their ways!

As a focus across the school this year, we have developed a coaching approach to observation and peer review.  In his blog in March, Mr Atkinson discussed how we would use technology to support this and I’m pleased to confirm that the project is now in full flow.   

A coaching approach involves teachers using peer review to analyse and ultimately improve their teaching.  Coaching delivers highly effective collaboration, where the sharing and cascading of good practice builds a powerful learning platform for all staff within the school.  Coaching skills provide teachers with the tools to help learners to find their own solutions to problems, take risks and feel comfortable with challenge and change.  

Ultimately, the staff at Gateway are passionate about improving their impact on the children’s learning. 

"Coaching is unlocking a person's potential to maximise their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them".
John Whitmore, Coaching for People and Performance

Have a lovely weekend.

Mr Grosse, Deputy Head

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