A Way Forward for Teaching and Learning by @TeacherToolkit

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If you led whole-school teaching and learning in your school, what would you do?

One year in to my new role as a deputy headteacher, leading whole school teaching and learning, I am now at the stage where I need to consider a consistent way forward for all teachers within the school. This is a blog about leading teaching and learning …

Learning Policy:

I am drafting a learning policy for teaching and learning. Now, before the term ‘policy’ makes your spine shiver, I intend for this policy to be consulted upon, and yet, be incredibly concise so that it becomes the number one document used within the school and the ‘one-stop-shop’ go-to document that everyone refers to; or when (new) staff need a reminder of what we do and what we do not encourage in the classroom.

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This policy will encourage teachers to teach to take risks; to be confident in what they do, matched alongside a consistent framework for high-quality teaching and learning across the entire school.

At present, the policy is currently limited to a humble ten sides of A4. I hope to reduce this and focus on quality not quantity. I say this because I am adamant that this policy will not become unwieldy, where no member of staff will ever want to read it, or pick it up from their office/classroom shelf.

Format:

The current policy is drafted in the following format:

  1. Front page
  2. One page summary
  3. Vision and values
  4. Mark-plan-teach
  5. A reference to our behaviour for learning policy
  6. A reference to progress over time; and the removal/refusal to grade one-off lessons
  7. A reference to the importance of evidence based practice; including myths; action research and high-quality professional development
  8. A final page including a breakdown of appendices and signposts for all teaching staff. For example, documents and templates that could be found in our teacher planner; as well as a monitoring, evaluation and review cycle to help teachers plan their workload and managed deadlines; and finally a CPD takeaway/menu that all staff can use and refer to help guide their professional development and ensure that CPD promotes equality and transparency in terms of what is available and who is eligible for various professional CPD programmes (internally and externally) within the school.

Feedback:

This policy is by no means complete, and I’m sure at this point of pre-publication, all staff will have their viewpoint and will also want to have a degree of consultation and input.

What I do you hope for 2015/16, is that all teachers in our school are aware of what our classroom expectations are of ourselves and also of each other. Once this is established, students and parents will also be aware of the high standards of teaching and learning that we expect from them. 

If you’d like to know more, I hope to share the finer details of what this looks like within a few weeks. Stay tuned …

TT.

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In 2010, Ross Morrison McGill founded @TeacherToolkit from a simple Twitter account through which he rapidly became the 'most followed teacher on social media in the UK'. In 2015, he was nominated as one of the '500 Most Influential People in Britain' by The Sunday Times as a result of being most influential in the field of education. He remains the only classroom teacher to feature to this day ... Sharing resources and ideas online as @TeacherToolkit, he has built this website (c2008) which has been described as one of the 'most influential blogs on education in the UK', winning the UK Blog Awards (2018). Read more...

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