Great teachers are not born, neither are they made by their university course. Great teachers create themselves. They do this by engaging in the experiential and reflective learning cycle that an outstanding professional learning programme provides. This belief lies at the heart of Chestnut Grove Academy’s approach to the continuous learning and development of our staff. This proactive approach to learning means we continue to provide outstanding learning opportunities for all our students. Our staff are core to the well being and academic success of our students which is why their professional learning is key. We have been awarded the Institute of Education/University College London Gold Award for Continuous Professional Development and we are a Specialist Partner with IOE/UCL in providing initial teacher training.
Our programme engages teachers on many levels, from direct instruction and mentoring, to collaborative shared learning. At all times we encourage critical reflection and a supportive learning approach.
We share good practice within the school and also with our partners in the Wandle Teaching School Alliance. This collaborative learning community strengthens outstanding practice and provides challenge and new ideas.
Our present programme concentrates very strongly on developing leadership within the school and across the alliance. Programmes such as the National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership, the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership and our own Stepping up To Leadership ensure that we have a sustainable leadership cohort.
We also focus on developing our staff as mentors and coaches and have written certified courses for University College London, Institute of Education and International Leadership and Management.
Each year staff are encouraged to work together in small research groups to explore and reflect critically on their own practice as well as exploring new ideas in their classrooms.
Our professional learning programmes are fluid and change from year to year in order to meet the every changing challenge of change.
Our focus for 2016 - 2017 will be on Safeguarding, Developing the Science of Successful Learning, Teacher and student questioning, Challenge and Support for the most and the least able, subject knowledge and the transition from Y6 to Y7.
You can find more about our system wide work and programmes on the Wandle TSA website