Teaching & Learning
Bushey Meads School has a very strong teaching and learning culture which underpins everything we do. All stakeholders associated with Bushey Meads School are firmly committed to the motto of ‘aspire to achieve’ and endeavour to work smartly in order to ensure that all students fulfil their potential.
We operate a ‘no stone unturned philosophy’ and are always looking for additional 1% improvements for our students. One way in which we maintain high expectations is through the sharing of good practice among staff. The Teaching and Learning Team – which consists of three Lead Practitioners from the English and Mathematics faculties and one Advanced Lead Teacher from the Science faculty – liaise with staff members and arrange regular staff development sessions to showcase ideas and raise standards.
Teachers operate an open door policy in their classrooms to strengthen our ethos and 97.2% of the formal lessons observations conducted during the 2016 – 2017 academic year were graded as good or outstanding.
The robust Teaching and Learning and Marking and Feedback policies play an integral role in raising standards, both of which are communicated to staff and are reviewed at regular intervals to ensure that they are fit for purpose. As the dialogue between student and teacher is pivotal in terms of progress, three Marking and Feedback Fortnights are calendared each year to ensure that Marking and Feedback remains at the top of our agenda.
The focus going forward is ‘Going for Greatness’ and all staff development sessions will be planned with this in mind and will fit under one of four headings:
- Creating Effective Classroom Cultures
- Creating Expectation and Challenge
- Creating Excellence in Initial Teacher Training
- Creating Great Practitioners.
In addition to this, staff at Bushey Meads School regularly evaluate their needs and highlighted areas of focus are taken into consideration and also inform the content of development sessions.