Continual Professional Development (CPD) is an important part of everything we do here 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.
We have continued to develop our coaching approach to teacher observation and peer review. 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 also provide teachers with the tools to help learners to find their own solutions to problems, take risks and feel comfortable with challenge and change.
Sam Selby, Education Director for Bellevue Education, this week delivered a session to all of the teachers here at Gateway, which supported our focus of challenge for all pupils. Through our coaching groups, the teachers will be able to support each other in improving their practice through questioning and coaching - the impact on the children’s learning can also be judged in this way.
Before the children returned to school last week, our teaching staff attended an INSET session, entitled Challenge for All, which got us all thinking about practical ways we can ensure all pupils are challenged and how we support pupils to be willing to make mistakes and to learn from them.
So, as you can see, even the teachers are learning when they’re at school!
I hope everyone enjoys a restful weekend, hopefully in good weather. I am sure our pupils, and staff, will be ready for a break after our first full week back!