Our Learning Culture

We are committed to being a learning culture that promotes enquiry-led practice.  We have a Professional Learning Community (PLC) model to promote collaboration, challenge, and celebration of developments. Our ethos of professional ‘agency’ is key to  workload balance and practitioner-led wellbeing.

How do we do this?

1)    Teachers are respected as leaders of their classrooms.

  • The professional expertise of teachers shape and develop the provision.
  • Teachers are supported to establish their class vision and leadership skills.
  • Teachers are at the heart of the relationship with the families in their class.

2)    Our school day is organised to engage in an active cycle of plan-do-review and practitioner-led school improvement. This time supports teachers as leaders of their class team.

  • 8:30-9:15am everyday: All teachers and teaching assistants engage in structured planning, preparation, training, and formative assessment analysis.
  • 3:30-3:45pm everyday: All teachers and teaching assistants engage in formative assessment reflection.
  • Minimum 3 hours weekly of PPA (Planning, Preparation, and Assessment) is in addition to this time for all teachers.

3)    As a special school that has EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, and Sixth Form provision, we build in time for small clusters of classes to promote SEN and Key Stage specific developments.

  • The clusters of classes are known as ‘NESTs’
  • The ‘NEST’ of classes meet once a week to work together, engage in professional discussion, and focus on jointly agreed initiatives.
  • The NESTs work together to explore pedagogy and research developments. They engage in peer observations, peer moderation, and research enquiry.
  • The peer observations and moderations create the evidence-informed CPDL focus that teachers identify and organise through their NESTs.

4)    All teachers have a leadership mentor.

  • The leadership mentor supports curriculum implementation and data moderation through a mentoring-coaching model.
  • Teachers have ‘agency’ through this practitioner-led model which is anchored in the data and evidence.

5)    All teachers can access external networks through our Teaching School.

  • The school has established partnerships and networks with different groups of schools, organisations, and charities.
  • The choice in engaging, contributing, or leading a network is with the teacher and NEST of teachers.
  • Professional development and leadership development opportunities strengthen through this choice.
  • Requests from external partners are taken to teachers and NESTs to decide if it aligns to their own vision for the term.
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