Why is teaching and learning our core business?

  • Our duty as educators 
  • To develop and foster curiosity and interest amongst students 
  • To develop learning characteristics in our students 
  • To prepare students for the next stage of education 
  • To develop a child holistically


Three core values that will underpin our work in teaching and learning:

  1. Trust 
  2. Empathy 
  3. Integrity


How will we develop great teaching?

  1. Research evidence based 
  2. Subject focused 
  3. Focus on teacher instruction


What will teachers engage in? 

  1. Professional dialogue 
  2. Deliberate practice 
  3. Reflection


What makes great teaching? 

Great teaching is defined as that which leads to improved student progress 


The six components of great teaching 

  1. (Pedagogical) content knowledge – strong impact 
  2. Quality of instruction – strong impact 
  3. Classroom climate – moderate impact 
  4. Classroom management – moderate impact 
  5. Teacher beliefs – some impact 
  6. Professional behaviours – some impact


Developing great teaching 

Professional development opportunities that are carefully designed and have a strong focus on pupil outcomes have a significant impact on student achievement.  


Key components of effective professional learning 

  1. Duration – minimum of 2 terms – often longer 
  2. Rhythm – grasp the strategy, implement, follow up 
  3. Designed for participant needs – needs to be aligned to day to day activities and aspirations we have of our students 
  4. Shared sense of purpose – positive learning environment, time and consistency are key 
  5. Alignment – teacher learning needs to align with student learning.


Four strands of professional learning at Penketh

  1. Whole school priorities 
  2. Teacher learning communities 
  3. Subject knowledge mastery 
  4. Optional T+L sessions

Great retrieval do-now activity in History from Miss Parsons @jennife97509863 this afternoon. Students consolidating knowledge on previous and current topics @PenkethTeaching

Wonderful homework projects on display in Science. Students researching structure of the Earth to then apply to learning about the rock cycle


Our very own @MsPagetEnglish sharing ideas about poet project homework with Y7 to foster independence #TCATTM19

Bringing key words to life through learning grids and concept lines. Great ideas for engaging students #TCATTM19


Final call for any TCAT colleagues to come and join our first ever TCAT TeachMeet tomorrow evening! We have some really interesting presentations lined up! Get your tickets here: https://t.co/Ca31fj4IRX

Beautifully annotated first response to W.H. Auden's 'Funeral Blues' which then became a detailed analytical essay. I'm really pleased with how some of 7a1 @PenkethSchool approached their poetry unit. Their hard work has paid off with excellent quality literary essays. 👏👏😊


‘As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning he found himself transformed in his bed, into a gigantic insect...’ Fantastic work from DP today exploring Berkoff! #totaltheatre 👏🏻🎭


Some lovely work from Year 9 Art students this morning replicating the contemporary work of #Cleomussi @PenkethSchool #PedagooFriday

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