“If we create a culture where every teacher believes they need to improve, not because they are not good enough but because they can be even better, there is no limit to what we can achieve.” Dylan Wiliam, Institute of Education, University of London
At BCA we have a unique culture in which staff invest in their own development; not because they are not good enough, but because they want to be even better! Our practice is built upon Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction – a framework of teaching and learning methods to support student learning.
We pride ourselves on having a culture of deliberate and reflective practice so that we can continually refine and develop our practice. To help us do so, every member of staff has been given their own reflective Moleskine journal – this journal enables staff to take time to reflect on their practice. Staff regularly share their #MoleskineMoments with others, sharing their insightful thoughts and developments to further build on our collaborative practice at BCA. We are also sharing our reflections through remotely through our teacher blogs;
What is our Intent?
To embed and sustain a teaching and learning community and professional development programme built on collaboration. A continued growth in the sharing of staff expertise that is informed by pedagogy and impacts positively on learning and achievement for all students.
Teachers to make excellent evidence informed pedagogical choices within their practice.
Teachers to regularly evaluate their impact, enabling them to make informed decisions about incremental improvements within their practice
Educate and empower students to be independent and self-regulated learners– providing them with the knowledge of ‘what works’ and how to manage and move forward with their learning.
Consistently high quality teaching for all year groups – high standards of teaching & learning throughout BCA.
CPD at BCA
We invest in the continuous development of our staff and have a bespoke CPD program in place. Every Friday morning, teachers and teaching assistants attend a one hour CPD session exploring a range of teaching strategies and engaging with the latest educational research as a means of continually developing and refining their practice so that they can deliver exceptional learning experiences to support their students.
Our CPD sessions build upon the culture of personal reflection, collaboration and evidence informed practice.
We have welcomed external leading practitioners to the academy to share their expertise and knowledge with our staff and our TCAT colleagues. Recent key note speakers have included;
◾Gary Wilson – Specialist in raising boys achievement
◾Tom Sherrington – An educational consultant sharing strategies and techniques to access the knowledge rich curriculum
◾Anika Vassell – A teen behaviouirst sharing strategies for effective communication
To support our staff in their continuous development, we also have a dedicated CPD room, providing staff with resources, pedagogy, blogs and books in our CPD library.