Outstanding teaching in times of change

The new OFSTED Framework and more focus on Early Years education, alongside the new SEN code of practice, have increased pressure further on schools, particularly at a primary level.

Embedding the New Curriculum, increased expectations at end of Key Stages and of course the whole issue of levelling have surely challenged even the most experienced staff in our schools.

Headteachers and Senior Leaders have to constantly monitor Teaching and Learning to ensure that all their staff members are up to date with current research and demands, supporting them carefully to ensure deadlines are met.

Class teachers are under pressure to meet the needs of all the children they teach. They are also under pressure to meet the new statutory requirements and they are well aware of their own accountability and strive for excellence.

How can we help our schools?

We know that at the core of outstanding schools is outstanding Teaching and Learning. LLS’ Successful Teaching and Learning course http://londonleadershipstrategy.com/programmes/primary/successful-teachi... enables teachers to improve their practice through a six-week course enabling them to develop into good and outstanding teachers.

The course includes an in depth analysis of the OFSTED framework clarifying what represents outstanding practice and has proven to have trandsformational benefit on the colleagues that have attended. The course includes:

  • Observing good and outstanding teaching and learning.
  • Weekly focussed learning walks.
  • Discussing and ensuring delegates have a clear understanding of what good teaching and learning looks like.
  • Looking at examples of assessment, differentiation and planning.
  • Considering how to motivate pupils and facilitate independent learning in the classroom.
  • Supporting delegates in behaviour management.

This bespoke programme runs over a six-week period and hosts a maximum of only 12 delegates. Sessions are held in the morning with breakfast, coffee and lunch provided. The afternoons are used for delegates to complete tasks set by the facilitators.

Other ways LLS can help with changes:

LLS have experts in the field of SEN that can support schools as they find their way through the new code and these experts can help schools implement practice that adheres to statutory requirements. Schools involved in the LLS SEN and Inclusion programme report that the support received has enabled them to improve behavior, reduce exclusions, raise the attainment of vulnerable groups and improve the quality of provision for pupils with special educational needs. LLS’s Early Years team possess knowledge as practising Head teachers of early years settings; some are trained as OFSTED Inspectors to guide schools into understanding the new demands and support develop outstanding early Years Learning Environments.

Pete White is one of the Primary Directors at London Leadership Strategy having been a Headteacher for over twenty years in an Inner London school. Pete took early retirement at the end of last year and now supports Primary schools nationally.

14th October 2014

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