Mary-Jo Hill

31 Oct 2018
I would like to think that there is consensus in the 'business' of educating young people that the most impactful thing we can all work towards is improving teacher quality. In fact 'The quality of education in England depends on the quality of the teachers in our schools' according to the National Audit Office, Training New Teachers, HC (2015–16) 798 Working with and coaching so many talented and hard working teachers in our schools: I do not know of any teachers that are not striving to improve on their own teaching qualities: many for self preservation; to be better organised and to be able to manage the vast numbers of children they manage every day.. but mostly because teachers like learning; they are curious about learning and find it stimulating and want to carry the young people along with them on this. We also know that sometimes improving teacher quality is not about gaining new knowledge but sometimes about getting the old knowledge out. This is where coaching can really have an impact. Working with over 100 teachers and wider educational staff in Norfolk schools, one of many key outcomes of their 1:2:1 coaching from an external and independent coach was that 69 of them noted in freely given feedback that they had pro-actively tried out new strategies to improve their teaching and learning of students. Now, that is quite staggering when you realise that these strategies were all unique to their students, their classes, their schools. Real distributed leadership in action. And the relevance of the visual? Old dogs and new tricks comes to mind. Part One of Eight.