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What do we do when the children are not here?

Posted on: 10 May 2019 by Weston Green School

Young children in particular can often assume that their teacher lives in the school and are surprised when they see them ‘in real life’! Sometimes it can feel like that, however, when the children go home this is valuable time for us - and we do stay in school for quite a while!

In addition to the time spent after school planning and preparing for the next day, the most valuable time we spend is together as a team. Through our weekly staff meetings and termly INSET days we can, as a whole team, reflect and plan forward, undertake our own personal and professional development and continue to learn and grow from each other. These are indeed valuable days. Each staff meeting has a focus on a particular aspect of pedagogy or curriculum development, usually matched to our whole school priorities. This term, we will be further improving our computing and use of Chromebooks; looking again at the use of effective success criteria and learning dialogue; and further developing our planning for creative writing. You can watch a video of some of our Year 6 pupils sharing their recent creative writing efforts, here. This week we were also joined by two excellent practitioners from another Bellevue School to train our staff on the use of ‘Talk for Writing’ techniques and how this will extend our skill set and impact on learning. 

As a whole staff, our INSET days are invaluable. We are already planning forward for next year and at this point, it felt right for us to review the values and vision that underpin the work of our school. Our INSET day was spent as a whole staff team, considering such questions as 'What are our core aims?' and 'What is it we want for every child in our school?' We then spent time drawing together the essential core values that underpin everything we do, trying to distill the expectations for every child into a few key words that encapsulate all that we expect of everyone who works and learns with us and which should thread through every aspect of school life.

Working on such ideas as a whole team helps bond the essence that sets us apart from other schools, securing what makes us different and enabling a consistent message for our children, parents, staff and community. It is the heartbeat of our school and helps us to identify with and contribute to its strong ethos and shape the future strategic direction.

Once finalised, we will look forward to sharing this work with you in the Autumn term.

Mrs. Evans

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