The latest professionals on the Improving Teacher programme have already seen positive outcomes, both in their own confidence, and in their classroom practice. The programme gave the teachers the opportunity to reflect on their own practice, gain new ideas to try out in their classrooms and network with their peers.
The six-week long course, which was delivered by three facilitators from Brooke Weston, covers topics including Assessment, Questioning and Differentiation and finishes with a final session when participants are observed delivering a mini-lesson. Each has the support of a mentor and they had tasks to complete each week which they then reflected on during the following week’s session.
Natasha Franklin, from Kettering Science Academy said: ‘The facilitators are very knowledgeable, they put us at ease, made us quite relaxed so it helped build confidence. When I began I felt quite wary and now, leaving the course, I feel more empowered in my own ability to teach well. I have seen a difference over six weeks and have been nagging one of my colleagues to get on one of the courses. It has been really positive.’
Rina Chauhan, from Brooke Weston, said: ‘I have really enjoyed the course because it has helped me to share some ideas with people that are from a different context, and also take on new ideas and try them out. Meeting my mentor on a weekly basis has been really useful. I have grown a lot in the space of six weeks, not only in my ability to teach, but also my own self-esteem. We are really fortunate to reflect and to discuss what we have tried, to review what we looked at last week and what we will use in our lessons for the week ahead. It really gives you a chance to change your approaches and strategies and develop in ways that you probably wouldn’t have considered. The facilitators have been amazing, very reassuring, building us in many ways, not just in our abilities but personally as well, taking on board new ideas and bringing us new resources.’
Sandra Teasdale from Beanfield said: ‘It has really built confidence. Every week we have been given something that we can take back to our classrooms and try and then we come back here and talk it through. I would recommend it as a course.’
Georgina Healey from Danesholme Infant School added: ‘The key thing was having time for reflection. You actually start regaining who you are and put the building blocks back in yourself as well as your practice. I found the resources excellent. Being made to feel valued was a very important part of it.’
The next Improving Teacher programme takes place at Thomas Clarkson Academy, Corporation Road, Wisbech from Thursday 23 January 2014. For further details see the Brooke Weston Teaching School website.