Our staff are our greatest asset when it comes to delivering the best possible outcomes for our pupils. We take Professional Development seriously at Rossall School and aim to provide an interesting, informative and diverse programme for all our staff. We know that people learn in different ways and therefore we provide a rich menu of opportunities for learning and developing personally and professionally. We maintain a teaching and learning library, an online forum for sharing ideas (our Rossall Teachers’ Forum), weekly digital training, the opportunity to take part in online courses, a Leadership Academy for our current and aspiring Senior and Middle leaders, regular training for those in middle management, time set aside for departmental training as well as workshop-style approach to whole staff training sessions. Colleagues are also strongly encouraged to engage in education debates, attend local and national conferences and INSET and to ensure that they implement and share the best of what they have learned. We are keen to support colleagues through additional qualifications such as Masters and PhDs, as we believe that such individuals have a huge amount to offer to our colleagues and our pupils.
Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning
Rossall School is proud to announce the official opening of the Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning. The opening of the Centre was timed to coincide with the visit of Tom Sherrington (@Teacherhead) on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 May. Tom is a very experienced former teacher of Physics, pastoral lead and headteacher of a busy north London school. He is now exploring the world of educational consultancy to see where it takes him and is a decorated author of several highly-regarded works including ‘Teach Now! Science. The Joy of Teaching Science’, ‘The Learning Rainforest: Great Teaching in Real Classrooms’ and the forthcoming ‘Rosenshine’s Principles in Action’.
Tom visited Rossall to deliver a keynote address on some of the chief findings of recent educational research and how this may be best translated into routine classroom practice. The Centre was opened for business, accompanied by drinks and canapes and an opportunity for colleagues to talk more informally with Tom about his experiences in locations as diverse as London, Wigan and Jakarta. Tom returned the next day to deliver two staff training workshops on models of effective teaching and learning. These sessions enthused and inspired colleagues, leaving them most eager to trial the strategies discussed in their own classrooms at the earliest opportunity.
In addition to sessions hosted by Tom Sherrington, colleagues have also been able to visit the Centre to attend INSET workshops on Questioning Strategies to Promote Effective Learning. A series of workshops were delivered by colleagues, and staff were able to attend two sessions from a choice of four. The Questioning workshop was hosted by David Clarke, Director of Professional Development, whilst Promoting Peer- and Self-Assessment was led by Ky Hutchinson, Head of Science. Anthony Fairhurst – Head of Geography – delivered an exploration of ways in which EAL students can be supported and challenged, and tying up the roster was a workshop designed to encourage colleagues to reflect on effective ways in which progress may be demonstrated in the classroom. This was led by Elizabeth Hall, Teacher of Design & Technology.
The central purpose of the Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning is to function as a hub for colleagues to come together to collaborate – on planning, on implementing and embedding cross-curricular projects, and to engage with action research. The Centre currently consists of a teaching classroom for staff training sessions, a breakout room which will host a Teaching and Learning library of educational books and articles, and a meeting room. It is anticipated that the Teaching and Learning library will act as the first port of call for colleagues looking to enhance their pedagogical arsenal, whilst also providing them with a little light bedtime and holiday reading. We are delighted to have this valuable resource available to us, and are firmly committed to the belief that a vibrant culture of continuing professional development will cement Rossall’s reputation as a beacon of educational excellence. Here, staff may innovate, be creative and develop as highly skilled practitioners who routinely promote an intellectually aspirant culture where the sharing of best practice is commonplace.
By David Clarke, Director of Professional Development