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Madinat Khalifa Secondary Headlines | Monday 23 October

Be Ambitious … not just for our students!

I shared my thoughts with you in previous newsletters about the importance of high expectations for our students and the benefits of a purposeful connection with parents. This week I would like to focus upon the wonderful staff we have here at Compass International School Doha.

All teachers must be well qualified and experienced before we even consider their application to join us here in Doha. We look to recruit teachers who see their experience as a journey which needs to be developed if they are to grow into outstanding teachers. This Growth Mindset is a characteristic that defines a Nord Anglia teacher.

You will have heard me say that “teachers must be the most dynamic group of learners in the school.” If we, the teachers, are not learning and improving, can we be a role model success for our students?

To support this learning journey, we invest heavily in our IB training ensuring all teachers are well trained and have a strong understanding of the highly demanding and academically challenging IB Diploma programme. We make full use of the Nord Anglia University – a bespoke online platform that allows our teachers to conduct and receive training as well as make professional connections with the 10,000 Nord Anglia teachers worldwide.

To nurture our belief in ‘growing our own’ outstanding teachers, we are embarking upon a series of lesson observations which will see every teacher, including myself, being observed before the end of term. To achieve this, we visit every classroom and look for outstanding learning which is then supported with developmental feedback on how to improve the learning experience for each student. We no longer look at teaching, we look at learning and the level of challenge in each classroom. This shift in focus encourages our teachers to become self-reflective and self-improving practitioners. Looking for learning happens in many ways; the use of digital media has been proven to have a positive impact as teachers film their own lessons; peer observations help when you want a ‘critical friend’ to look at a specific aspect of teaching; and asking students for feedback are just a few strategies we look to employ throughout the academic year here at CISD.

Teachers making judgements upon their own performance is such a powerful tool for improvement and something we fully encourage as we look to deliver a world class education for your children.

We look forward to welcoming the parents of our Year 7, 8 and 9 students on Monday, 23 October for our first Parent Teacher Conference of the year.

Have a great week!

 

Best Wishes

Paul McConnell

Head of Secondary