Create a CPD strategy and a coaching culture that will sustain outstanding learning and teaching for the next academic year and beyond.
If you read a few OFSTED reports for those schools that have been judged outstanding you will see that they have something in common. Learning is at the heart of their vision. Every strategy and decision is made on the basis that it will ensure learning is a continuous process not just for the pupils but for the staff as well.
Leaders, managers, teachers and support staff all play their part in developing a common thread that focuses on their own potential and how each member of staff can learn from their practice and the practice of others. The wealth of talent that is within the school is shared in the pursuance of a culture of positive continuous professional development and learning.
Creating this culture requires forethought, commitment and detailed planning so that everyone is involved and has a part to play in the pursuance of a learning community. This is the perfect time to plan your CPD strategy for the next academic year to ensure that it will be sustainable, relevant and totally in line with achieving the outcomes stated in the school improvement plan.
The senior leadership team need to have the inherent belief that every member of the school can and will continuously improve their performance. There is no such thing as failure, a mistake is a jewel that leads to learning and creates an atmosphere of trust that fosters innovation, creativity and challenge.
Middle leaders are the pivotal force in creating a platform for learning that empowers their teams to work together in the pursuit of excellence and improvement across the whole school, in departments, for phases and within key stages.
Teachers and support teams share and cascade their practice through the development of learning communities and the use of professional conversations that will empower them to be reflective in their quest for progression, achievement and attainment for all their pupils. Pupils are resilient and motivated, they embrace challenge, they are aware of how they are learning through listening, deeper thinking and the development of their memory skills and they know they are part of an organisation that puts their learning needs first.
The Learning Cultures’ suite of coaching training has been designed to create the right CPD to allow this culture to unfold. Where individuals develop the skills that will influence positive change including allowing them to articulate and pursue their own learning goals, deepen their knowledge and skills, acknowledge their own strengths and share their successes with others the positive results are profound. The evidence of impact is obvious both qualitatively and in the data sets that confirm the change and the improvements.
- We can work with your senior leadership team to plan a coaching culture through our training course Leading a Coaching School.
- Our Coaching from the Middle – aspiring to leadership is the perfect course for middle leaders, heads of department, phase leaders and year heads
- Coaching Towards Outstanding Teaching and Learning is one of the most popular of our training courses, we focus on pedagogy, outstanding learning and how through coaching transformational change can happen in the classroom
- We also run a highly praised training day Coaching for Teaching Assistants and Support Staff where those that support the learning look at how they can improve their practice to ensure they nurture the learning whilst ensuring pupils can still be independent problem solvers
- We can also offer INSET and with some schools we are working over a sustained period of time to embed a coaching culture with them
- For a whole suite of other training that is relevant to policy, evidence for OFSTED, developing the curriculum and creating excellence and improvement in teaching and learning have a look at our website