The Ped Leaders Team was formed with a vision to share innovative and
effective classroom approaches to teaching and learning. Our aim is to
support and encourage the development of great teaching by generating a hub of
ideas, strategies and resources, to enhance exposure to exemplary teaching
and to assist in the development of opportunities for professional learning
through on site and online PD.
Some of the strategies and ideas that we share may be a regular feature in
your classroom, some may be a little different and build upon what you may
already be doing, and some may be completely new to you. Despite your
experience and current teaching approaches, we hope to provide you with enough
choice that you will gain at least a handful of practical strategies and
ideas that will be of value to you in your classroom.
The Ped Leaders vision will be driven by the Marginal Gains Through
TLCs framework which incorporates five key elements of great teaching and learning:
Collaboration; Creativity; Connections; Confidence and Challenge. Each member of the Ped
Leaders Team will focus upon one of these TLCs by facilitating CPD sessions as
well as the sharing of resources, ideas and great teaching across the academy.
We will cover two layers within each TLC: firstly, the professional development
of individual teachers and secondly, practical classroom approaches, resources
assume that pedagogy is not only the word of the week (WOW), but it is our word
of the year (WOY). Russell would
send out his email and it would read something like
The function or work of a teacher;
or science of teaching; education; instructional
example sentences –
All sides of every education debate agree that
quality learning happens when knowledgeable, caring teachers use sound
She encounters frequent reminders of her
Consequently pedagogy and learning theory are of
paramount importance to me.
How often do you think of teaching as an art or science?
Of course teaching is an art because it is a diverse range of human
activities that result in an end product. It may not be a sculpture or a
painting, but it is the creation of a lesson, of a series of lessons that you
prepare to enable each and every individual within your class to be a success.
The science behind your planning is built on observations of each individual,
the identification of their needs, the study of your subject and the method
behind your delivery, the knowledge you have gained through experience. We are
every day artists and scientists, actors and advisors because we choose to be
Our vision is to place pedagogy at the heart of all that we do.
What I have had reconfirmed during the last year is that there is a
thirst for knowledge and a desire to improve, that each and every teacher wants
to develop new skills, wants to use new initiatives, wants to try new things
(including me). With the
introduction of paired observations, the Aspiring programme and Good to Great
programme, we have been able to work with staff and create triads and what has
been so powerful throughout all of these if the desire to share, to collaborate,
to see what other people are doing. Time is always going to be a barrier but we
need to create the time for professional dialogue, to enhance CPD opportunities
so that they are more relevant to the individual and allow more staff to work
We can continue to do this using a top-down model, but why would we choose to use a
model that doesn’t make effective use of our experts? We can continue to deliver
CPD to everyone, or we can adopt a more personalised way (to mirror what we do
in the classroom). It isn’t rocket
science; we all have different strengths, interests and needs so why would we
continue to offer a one model fits all approach. We are a forward thinking school, we
have a ‘no fail’ culture and this has to embrace what we do in the
classroom. We need to change our
direction slightly, hence introducing a bottom- up approach to what we
So, our journey to greatness sees the introduction of our Ped Leaders, a team of
enthusiasts, innovators, trail blazers, risk takers who will work with SLT, to
transform pedagogy at Passmores.
Proven classroom practitioners they will work alongside staff to develop
a Passmores Directory of Pedagogy, the sharing of all the great things that are
happening at Passmores. The aim is
for everyone to be part of the directory and if you aren’t quite there yet then
the support will be available.
I would like thank our colleagues at Canons High School, and in particular Keven
Bartle. Passionate about teaching,
they have created outstanding pedagogy at Canons (Ofsted 2013) and are sharing
their experience with other schools. I, along with our newly appointed Ped
Leaders, had the pleasure of visiting the school recently to see and hear for
ourselves how this ‘agile’ approach to improving teaching has had such an
impact. They are a beacon of great
practice, and they have given us a kick start along our path.
We have appointed a fantastic team of Ped Leaders, and the future is bright and
exciting! I, for one, cannot wait to feel the ‘buzz’ from all the pedagogical
enthusiasts about the school, to share in the collaboration, to be part of the
next generation of CPD at Passmores, which will be driven by teachers to ensure
that what we have is sustainable for years to