Teaching and learning is what we are here for. We are committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for our students and know that what makes the biggest difference is what happens in our classrooms – day in, day out.
There is a clear desire amongst staff in our school to create a culture of “consistent excellence.” A culture where all of us are fully focused on developing and improving our own practice – not because we aren’t good enough, but to be the best we can possibly be.
There is a strong belief that we are all capable of consistent excellence and we are committed to achieving this, however we recognise there must be a paradigm shift from the way we work currently, to ensure that pedagogy takes it’s rightful place at the heart of our work.
We have worked hard as a community to ensure that we operate consistently ‘as one’. Our relentless focus on ensuring we get the basics right has given us the rock solid foundations we have today: the ideal conditions on which to fully focus on developing teaching and learning.
Recent research indicates that expertise comes from a continued commitment to deliberate practice, over a sustained period of time. There are no ‘quick fixes’ with expertise often requiring deliberate practice over a period of 10 years or more. In trying we learn and get better, even when we fail.
In order to achieve our aim we will develop a ‘directory of excellence.’ The directory will seek to provide examples of excellence from within school and from our wider professional network. It will be a source of support as well as a stimulus for new ideas.
In keeping with our ethos of ‘our school as a family’, we welcome opportunities to work together and recognise that we can all learn from each other and grow together. Everyone’s contribution is valued. As such, our directory will identify which staff are developing practice in identified areas. This will enable us to identify colleagues we may wish to collaborate with on a particular area of pedagogy.
The capacity for meaningful and personal professional development already exists within our school, amongst our staff. By finding ways to share our knowledge and skill: by encouraging, discussing, working and practising together we can help each other to all achieve excellence. To achieve this we will need to work together to provide a frequent range of opportunities to share what works best where it matters most: in the classroom. Professional development for teachers, by teachers, so that we can all become “10 in 10.”
11th November 2013