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

WOW, 40 books taken out of the library at lunch today! Thats 40 @PenkethSchool pupils with a book to read tonight! Amazing to see the excitement of taking books home 📚


🇪🇸👍🏼10P1 working hard today on higher level positive and negative opinions of marriage. Not an easy topic for a class who only started Spanish in Y9! Some amazing group work and discussion happening. So proud of their attitude this year already! Well done Year 10 🇪🇸👍🏼 @Y10PHS


Open Evening two weeks tomorrow, Thursday 26th September 6pm - 8pm.

This will be followed by two weeks of tours during the school day from the 30th of September (we will be taking bookings shortly).

We look forward to seeing Year 5 & 6 pupils along with their families!

Our drive for developing great teaching continues @PenkethSchool This afternoon saw our teachers begin their journey with @Ambition_Inst on their Transforming Teaching programme. Great to geek out on T+L!

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