Building Capacity in School
Building capacity in school
The table below explains the characteristics of a school or department with a well-developed capacity for improvement in teaching and learning approaches.
|Attribute||Examples at whole-school level||Examples at department level||How are you doing?|
|It routinely shares its expertise||Staff meetings regularly feature teachers demonstrating or illustrating how they teach||Collaborative planning involves teachers sharing their ideas on how work can be delivered. The department shares demonstration lessons with staff|
|It uses external support and challenge to enhance practice||Teachers are regularly encouraged to attend external INSET. LEA school advisers are drawn in to contribute to school self-review processes||The department uses the LEA KS3 consultants to observe lessons and provide feedback|
|It has a clear, operational focus||The SMT signals clearly that certain items in meetings are significant in improving teaching and learning and ensures they are given significantly more time|| Meetings are focused on teaching and
learning issues. The team is clear about which items require only a little time. Administrative
items are given later slots in meetings
|It has a well- developed set of priorities||It has a clear and operational (not cosmetic) development plan which guides resource decisions and action taken|| The department has an action plan based firmly on an audit of teaching strengths and weaknesses. Resource decisions are based on declared priorities
of strengths and weaknesses
|It elevates professional development to a continual process||Individual teachers are enabled to watch colleagues teach on a regular and systematic basis||An audit of each team member’s skills is used as a basis for termly review discussions and lesson observations|
- This resource is part of the DfES resource "Pedagogy and practice: Teaching and learning in secondary schools" (ref: 0423-2004G) which can be downloaded from the National Archives http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20110809101133/nsonline.org.uk/node/97131 The whole resource (512 pages) can be downloaded as a pdf File:Pedagogy and Practice DfES.pdf
- The resource booklets, and many 'harvested' documents are available to download, generally in editable formats from the ORBIT resources, see Category:DfE.
- The videos from the accompanying DVDs are available: Video/Pedpack1 and Video/Pedpack2