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Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Establishing and maintaining a culture of professional confidence in teaching and learning

At Leeds West Academy, we understand the impact an effective teacher has on the learning and progress a student makes. What happens in the classroom is at the heart of everything we do, and we believe that we should always strive to be the best we can be. 

Following our recent OFSTED section 5 inspection (March 2017), section 8 monitoring Inspection visit (June 2017) and internal review of teaching and learning at LWA, we have established four priorities for the 2017-2018 academic year: 

  • The LWA Way: our core 'non-negotiables' underpin what makes effective teaching and ensures consistency of expectations in the classroom. 
  • SSIPs and Personalisation: ensuring teachers develop have highly personalised strategies to ensure all students make rapid progress.  
  • Challenge: ensuring students are challenged through highly effective questioning and the application of Purple Zone. 
  • Quality of work that demonstrates progress over time: ensuring student books/work demonstrates pride, productivity, is high quality and that marking and feedback is insightful and leads to significant progress .

Teaching and Learning Priorities

 

 

Rapid Improvement Files 

All teaching professionals and teaching assistants use a ‘Rapid Improvement File’, which includes key Personalisation strategies, SSIPs and Schemes of Learning for every class they teach. This ensures all teaching professionals planning is highly personalised to ensure all students secure rapid progress in all lessons.  

Meeting cycle to secure rapid improvement 

Our new meeting cycle is designed to support professionals in the pursuit of securing rapid improvement and progress for all students. Subject teams meet three out of every six weeks and focus closely on the progress profile of each cohort; adjusting schemes of learning, teaching and personalisation strategies to secure further progress. 

High quality and personalised CPD 

We believe the creation of an outstanding professional development programme, tailored to the needs of our students and teaching professionals, is central to our aim of becoming a truly outstanding Academy.

We have developed an extensive CPD (continuous professional development) programme consisting of five key strands, providing a rich blend of professional development, enquiry, discussion and debate.

Strand One: Mandatory, whole school CPD in which all teaching and support staff are involved. These align with the school priorities and take place through INSET days, after school directed training and Monday morning teaching and learning and personalisation briefings.

Strand Two: Directed CPD where specific staff engage in developmental support and training. This is through training for middle and senior leaders, an induction programme for new staff and the leverage coaching programme for NQTs.

Strand Three: Opt-in CPD for professionals to choose from with a view to personalising their own professional development by engaging with pedagogy at a deeper level. This includes a weekly 15 Minute Forum, Monday opt-in CPD, Kagan SAM Club and the Teaching and Learning Library.

Strand Four: A dedicated programme for ITTs, NQTs and RQTs aimed at supporting and developing staff in the early stages of their career. This includes a full CPD programme, subject mentoring and coaching.

Strand Five: In addition to our in-house CPD, we offer a Trust-wide White Rose Academies CPD portfolio of eight programmes for staff at all stages of their career. The programmes on offer are Innovation, Teaching and Learning, Aspiring Leaders, Leadership Development, Vulnerable Groups, English, Science and Maths. In addition, our Curriculum Leaders are able to network with their counterparts across Leeds through the Leeds Learning Partnership CPD programme.