In this way they not only progress but have a ‘thirst’ for learning independently.
We select our staff carefully and are fortunate that the school’s strong reputation attracts many applications from excellent teachers keen to join our team. We are skilled at selecting the best staff, ensuring that they are knowledgeable and experienced in delivering our National Curriculum in an exciting and creative way.
However, our determination to ensuring high quality staff goes further than that. Once they join us we are committed to improving them. We value continuous professional development. Every week we have a whole staff meeting where sessions are planned to ensure that the staff keep improving. This year already staff have been trained in using ‘Kagan’ strategies that increase student engagement. Using these ideas ensures that all children are on task and involved in learning actively – there is no hiding place! This term, also, we have introduced a professional coaching model for teachers led by our Principal Dr Neil Hopkin. This approach supports staff individually to continuously improve their practice.
And then as part of the Nord Anglia family, teachers also have unique opportunities to keep learning. We have access to the online Nord Anglia University where staff can enrol in courses such as Assessment and Learning Technologies, then gain certificates of accreditation on completion. All have access to web-chats and contribute to online blogs with teachers from our schools all around the globe. This means that we are sharing thoughts and ideas in professional dialogues with others who share our enthusiasm for education – it’s an international learning community. Several of our staff are also participating in either senior or middle leaders programmes and some are undertaking their Masters, either supported by the school or by taking advantage of our partnership with King’s College, London.
At BISS Puxi our commitment is not only to ensure that we appoint talented staff, but that we motivate, encourage and expect them to become even better. And our message to the children is clear - that we are all learners, whatever our age, and life-long learners at that!
Eleanor Jess, Head of Primary