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Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Establishing and maintaining a culture of professional confidence in teaching and learning

At Leeds West Academy, we understand the impact an effective teacher has on the learning and progress a student makes. What happens in the classroom is at the heart of everything we do, and we believe that we should always strive to be the best we can be. 

Following our recent OFSTED section 5 inspection (March 2017), section 8 monitoring Inspection visit (June 2017) and internal review of teaching and learning at LWA, we have established four priorities for the 2017-2018 academic year: 

  • The LWA Way: our core 'non-negotiables' underpin what makes effective teaching and ensures consistency of expectations in the classroom. 
  • SSIPs and Personalisation: ensuring teachers develop have highly personalised strategies to ensure all students make rapid progress.  
  • Challenge: ensuring students are challenged through highly effective questioning and the application of Purple Zone. 
  • Quality of work that demonstrates progress over time: ensuring student books/work demonstrates pride, productivity, is high quality and that marking and feedback is insightful and leads to significant progress .

Teaching and Learning Priorities

 

 

Rapid Improvement Files 

All teaching professionals and teaching assistants use a ‘Rapid Improvement File’, which includes key Personalisation strategies, SSIPs and Schemes of Learning for every class they teach. This ensures all teaching professionals planning is highly personalised to ensure all students secure rapid progress in all lessons.  

Meeting cycle to secure rapid improvement 

Our new meeting cycle is designed to support professionals in the pursuit of securing rapid improvement and progress for all students. Subject teams meet three out of every six weeks and focus closely on the progress profile of each cohort; adjusting schemes of learning, teaching and personalisation strategies to secure further progress. 

High quality and personalised CPD 

We believe the creation of an outstanding professional development programme, tailored to the needs our students and teaching professionals is central to our aim of becoming a truly outstanding Academy.  

We have developed an extensive CPD (continuous personal development) programme consisting of five key strands, providing a rich blend of professional development, enquiry, discussion and debate. 

  • Strand One: the introduction of key Teaching and Learning and Personalisation briefings for the whole staff and a weekly ‘optional’ Monday afternoon CPD session focused on key and emerging priorities 
  • Strand Two: Compulsory CPD training for all staff arranged across calendared two-hour Twilight sessions and full day CPD days 
  • Strand Three: A high quality ‘Beginner Teacher’ programme that provides excellent support and guidance for our SCITT trainees, NQT and RQT staff. 
  • Strand Four: A personalised coaching programme for staff who either require or are keen to receive support, challenge and guidance 
  • Strand Five: Working closely with our key strategic partners including our service level agreement with the excellent Gorse Academies Trust, our strategic teaching and learning development work across our own White Rose Academies Trust and our Subject Leader network CPD through the Leeds Learning Partnership. 

In addition to our formal calendar CPD Senior Leaders, Directors and Curriculum Leaders provide a day to day focus on teaching and learning through a process of ‘modelling, monitoring and dialogue’, leading to a very open and rich process of professional understanding, discussion, sharing of practice and improvement.