Staff Professional Learning
At Eyemouth, staff engage in regular professional learning to develop their practice. There are weekly staff CAT sessions which focus on the school improvement plan priorities.
Staff are encouraged to take part in regular professional reading and coaching discussions. Every three weeks the voluntary 'Teaching Takeaway Group' meet to discuss and reflect on set reading. This session, all staff have been given a copy of 'The Teaching Delusion', by Bruce Robertson as well as 'The Principles of Instruction' by Barak Rosenshine. Each session is concluded with a 'teaching takeaway', which is a research-based pedagogy practice to try in the classroom. So far, this has included ways of modelling content, questioning techniques and ways to gain and give feedback.
We also have a regularly updated staff professional reading library which all staff have access to.
Peer observations are also in place to support staff with professional learning. This involves staff pairing up and observing short bursts of lessons based on identified development areas.
The spreading and sharing of good practice is encouraged in school. A Teaching and Learning display board is used for staff to share examples of good practice, reflect on practice they have seen as well as sharing articles and professional reading.
Teaching Takeaway: Online Pedagogy video, article and podcast links:
Barak Rosenshine's Principles of Instruction by Tom Sherrington
The Forgetting Pit (article on how we think and learn by Bruce Robertson)