Yesterday we had a whole staff meeting that outlined how our Appraisal process for the academic year 2014-15 and onwards is going to operate. The key message that I wanted to get across was the inextricable link between appraisal, lesson observation and CPD.
I truly believe that we need to ensure that staff are empowered to take control of their own CPD if we are to allow teachers to be the best that they can be. Developmental lesson observation allows an opportunity for staff members to reflect upon their own practice (whether they are the observer or the person being observed!) and then decide upon their own key CPD requirements. I feel that it is then our responsibility as a school to ensure that we provide opportunities for staff to engage with their required CPD as well as facilitating the delivery of the required CPD. If this can happen then we support teachers to become the best that they can be, therefore fulfilling their professional potential over time.
In the video below Dylan Wiliam (@dylanwiliam) talks about teacher development, particularly the importance of supporting continuing professional development for teachers who have been teaching for four or more years. I think that the messages in this video are very powerful and pertinent:
In this video Sir Tim Brighouse summarises four key elements that are evident in outstanding schools, I hope that as our new Appraisal / CPD / Lesson observation system becomes embedded we will start to see more of the things he mentions in our school!
I am sure that there is much more to come on this subject! I hope that once we have all digested the changes to appraisal and what these changes can mean for us all in terms of taking control of our own professional development and the subsequent impact this can have in our classrooms we will be closer to achieving the ideals of:
- Teachers talking about teaching.
- Teachers collaboratively planning and then reviewing lessons.
- Teachers observing each other and learning from each other.
- Our work as teachers positively impacting upon the progress that students make when they work with us.