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At Ashby School we want our students to have a happy and successful learning experience. Exploring and developing learners is at the core of all we do and conversations about Teaching and Learning are at the heart of the school.
We recognise that students learn best in a positive, supportive and consistent environment. Well prepared and stimulating lessons encourage good attendance, positive behaviour and enable students to make progress and strive to achieve their potential. A teacher must plan, facilitate learning and be a good classroom manager.
Our teachers are committed to continue learning to ensure the best classroom practice. We are proud to lead the way. Our aim is for all students to achieve their full potential and that they leave genuinely empowered to learn.
We are interested in each other’s classrooms and have an open door policy where we share experience, practice and support. Our Senior Leadership Team is present and involved within the classrooms. Lesson visits and learning walks are often themed in order to focus areas.
All staff have four unannounced observations per year where learners and teaching are monitored and evaluated. We are proud that in November 2014, 87 per cent of the lessons were judged as good or better. No teacher is judged to fall into the 'requires improvement’ bracket. The Lead Practitioner Team provides constant support to explore and develop practice.
It is important that all teachers at Ashby make progress at whatever level they are at. We provide comprehensive support for our newly qualified staff and also continue to explore and develop practice through our Lead Practitioner Team. This can involve observing, planning and team teaching.
We have also established a 'good to outstanding' course where teachers attend formal sessions to challenge practice in order to access the highest level of teaching and learning and achieve their potential.
Teaching and Learning has become a significant part of our continued professional development programme. Every member of staff belongs to a Professional Learning Community which has at its core the desire to improve teaching and learning outcomes for all students.
We believe, and our work has shown, that securing success for every child is best achieved through professionals working together on real issues of teaching and learning that matter and ultimately make a difference to the students they teach. Through meaningful, focused and sustained collaboration and enquiry, professionals can learn from each other, generate new knowledge and change practice in the classroom, where it matters most.
The most powerful form of professional learning we have is where teachers work together, share ideas about practice and challenge each other to push the boundaries of their thinking. This is not about best practice but rather effective practice.
At the heart of the professional learning community is the word ‘learning’; the learning of young people but ultimately the learning of those within the PLC and beyond it.
Each learning community is facilitated by a lead teacher who explores action research and plans and develops sessions. PLCs are a powerful form of professional learning if they have a clear and transparent way of working.
We have focussed on Sixth Form teaching and learning, embedding and sustaining good teaching to ensure the Pupil Premium student makes progress. Presently, we are also exploring and developing Assessment, Access and Inclusion, Learning to Learn and Technology within teaching.
The realisation of the Learning Hub has allowed the teachers of Ashby School to have a place to explore and develop teaching and learning: to be professionals.
The environment has empowered teachers to undertake creative and purposed planning. It is a place where teachers can take considered risks, explore potential and develop their theory and practice.
All subject areas are involved and the hub is booked continually for lessons and training. We are extremely proud that our research into learning spaces and embedded use of technology within teaching and learning has provoked interest and involvement from other schools across the country.