We strongly believe that teachers have a responsibility to continue with professional learning throughout their career and further develop their knowledge and practice. To this end, we invest considerable time and resources to ensuring that all teachers are able to continue their professional development in ways which have real impact on children’s learning, and contribute their skills and expertise both individually and collectively. We work hard to foster a culture in which our teachers and staff are part of a professional, collegiate learning community here at BISS Puxi, but also working in collaboration to share expertise across our family of 42 schools. If we want our students to be deep thinkers and life-long learners, our teachers need to embody these qualities and lead the way.
Although it might not always be apparent to students or parents, our teachers are learning all the time and in lots of different ways. All of our staff have access to a wide range of high quality professional learning opportunities via Nord Anglia University including; taught leadership courses for Middle and Senior Leaders, educational seminars and webinars from internal and external experts, online and self-study courses, professional forums and shared case studies. There is an expectation that they regularly participate and take an active role in directing their own professional learning.
Throughout the school year we also have a number of teachers who will attend external training to further improve their knowledge and skills within their specific subject areas, especially for those teachers delivering the IB courses at the top end of the school. Several staff are also involved in studying for additional educational qualifications such as Masters Degrees or PhD’s via high quality universities, bringing this learning into their classroom practice and sharing with colleagues.
Professional learning however isn’t simply something that is “done to” teachers but is an integral part of professional school life. Staff meetings, coaching and mentoring conversations, action research, case studies, lesson observations and teacher reflections are all happening throughout the term to ensure teachers are challenged and supported to think and reflect. Just like the students, the teachers are challenged to ask and seek answers to some big questions. How are knowledge and understanding developed? What does success look like? How do we enable children and young people to develop higher order thinking skills, and skills for learning, life and work? What does success look like? How can we optimise the relationship between learning and teaching to achieve the best outcomes for students? We don’t have all the answers but know we will continue to grow and learn in pursuit of them.
So please be assured that your children are in the very skilled and capable hands of high quality teachers who are committed to professional learning and building on the expertise and success already about us. We are Learning Together – Improving Teaching, Improving Learning.
Niki Meehan, Vice Principal