Regents' Primary School is very excited to be developing key areas of teachers’ professional development by setting up working parties to identify, explore and implement new ways of tackling a variety of issues including marking and feedback, lesson observations, assessing pupil progress without using standardised numerical values and mutual support and mentoring.
Teaching is unlike some professions in that you can never learn it all; you never reach the end of the rainbow, no matter how long you teach. It is a life-long process of picking up new ideas, rejecting inefficient ones, and seeking to adapt to the frequent tides of change that wash over our educational system. An obvious example is in the case of keeping up with new technologies.
We are a team and as such, we recognise the relevance for staff to be increasingly involved in delivering an up-to-date, dynamic education to the benefit of all concerned. Throughout this term, staff within Primary School will be meeting on a weekly basis to research, discuss and suggest ways forward in many critical areas of our pupils’ learning and school experience. We believe that by empowering our staff to be imaginative, creative and, where applicable, to think ‘out of the box’ we will be able to develop exciting ways of refining the teaching and learning process for pupils and staff alike. We are always keen for our pupils to be self-reflective about their work and to comment on their own ideas and the ideas of their peers. We will be starting a similar process but for ‘grown-ups.’
James Baker - Deputy Head of Primary