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Coaching has proven to be one of the most impactful innovations to be used in schools in years.
David Weston (from the 'Teacher Development Trust') has outlined the following 'rules' of truly effective professional development:
It must begin by identifying teacher development needs based on the learning needs of the students being taught, and it must build on teachers’ existing skill.
The coaching or training must maintain a balance of focusing on ways for the teacher to help these students while providing skills that transfer to the rest of the teacher’s work.
The development process must be collaborative, with teachers of similar skill and confidence supporting, observing and coaching each other.
The development process must be actively sustained for at least two terms for a large number of hours (i.e. more than 40). And it must follow cycles of trying, reflecting, and adjusting, while maintaining the focus on improved student learning – and not teacher behaviour.
External expertise is vital to keep the improvement on track, avoid false glass-ceilings and disrupt ‘group-think’ that can develop in departments and schools. This could be an expert teacher from a nearby school, or an external consultant.
PBR Education has worked for many years within challenging circumstances to develop a coaching model that is focused on educational improvement. This includes observation feedback, leadership development, student peer support, departmental change management and leadership improvement. Our range of resources and skills training will make an immediate impact on the ways in which teachers are empowered to improve themselves and increase student outcomes.
Get in touch on 01207 570 770 / 07588 050 809 or contact us to find out how you can perform to a higher level with PBR Education.