Date(s) - 23/01/2018 - 24/04/2018
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
The programme is a key part of the OLEVI portfolio of school-to-school support which is helping to increase capacity and drive up standards in schools. Among many benefits, this programme helps teachers to become consistently outstanding in all their professional activities and have a significant impact on how people achieve.
The Outstanding Teacher Programme
- Provides in-depth coaching to deepen teachers’ understanding of outstanding classroom practice. Participants improve through facilitated practice activities as structured opportunities to reflect on teaching approaches and their quality and impact.
- Introduces and consolidates new knowledge and skills and focus on what makes teaching and learning outstanding.
- Requires learning threes to prepare and present at an outstanding level to the whole delegate group for evaluation against Dr ICE.
- Forms part of the school’s professional development provision as this supports the implementation of agreed best practice and national agendas.
- Provides strong input on the progression against the professional standards of excellence. This programme is crucial for teachers involved in developing Leadership in Teaching and Learning.
This programme is open to teachers with the potential and capacity to deliver consistently outstanding lessons and who want to develop a mindset of excellence.
Applicants need to demonstrate:
- Strong commitment to Teaching and Learning and show that they are inspiring individuals with strong interpersonal skills and who are role models for students.
- Some recognition that indicates that they have the ability to become outstanding teachers.
- A commitment to professional development and the ability to truly reflect on their practice, including using student feedback to evaluate the impact of their teaching.
- A willingness to develop their ability to influence and empower peers to excel.
An external evaluation of this programme, led by Professor Peter Matthews, reports that participants become much more reflective about their teaching and much more aware of how to make their lessons consistently outstanding. This includes placing greater emphasis on:
- The purpose of the value of their lessons
- Raising levels of engagement in learning
- The use of different teaching styles to challenge learning
- Greater readiness to innovate and take risks
- More reflective planning
Most participants find the coaching element a highlight, enabling them to understand the importance of the relationship between ‘outstanding teaching’ and ‘professional coaching’. The impact of the programme is reinforced through independent assessments by schools using qualified inspectors, review teams or external assessors.
Successful participants have achieved more formal recognition in the form of Specialist Leaders in Education (SLE) accreditation. More informal achievements have been recognised with endorsed coaching qualifications and Leadership responsibilities in Teaching and Learning back in their own school.
The programme is facilitated over a ten week period and consists of two full days, five half day sessions, plus three sessions of in-school practice where peer planning and observation can take place. Secondary schools need to release three teachers for the programme as coaching takes place in learning threes. PRUs, primary and special schools prefer to release one teachers as members of the primary learning threes can come from local cluster schools.
Week 1 – Tuesday, 23rd January – 08:30 – 12noon T&L1;
Week 2 – Tuesday, 30th January – Full Day – 08:30 – 15:00 T&L2;
Week 3 – Week commencing 5th February – In-school practice;
Week 4 – Tuesday 27th February – Full Day – The Power of Coaching 1
Week 5 – Week commencing 5th March – In-school practice;
Week 6 – Tuesday, 13th March – 08:30 – 12noon – The Power of Coaching 2;
Week 7 – Tuesday, 20th March – 08:30 – 12noon – T&L3;
Week 8 – Week commencing 26th March – Full Day – In-school practice;
Week 9 – Tuesday, 17th April – 08:30 – 12noon – T&L4;
Week 10 – Tuesday, 24th April – 08:30 – 12noon – T&L5.