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The Westminster School, Dubai

September 2016-17

Principals Recommendations

LEARNING AND TEACHING

High Quality of Teaching and


Learning
High quality of teaching is a
requirement of every teacher
working in The Westminster
School, Dubai.
The desire and application to
reflect continually upon and
improve ones own teaching is an
expectation of all teachers. Full
support and training will be
provided for this purpose.
The Westminster School believes
that high quality teaching and
learning results in student
engagement and high levels of
student engagement results in
high levels of attainment.

Content of this document:


a) Basic expectations
b) Good to Outstanding
c) Teacher Standards
Review and monitoring of
teaching and learning
a) Evidence

September 2016-17
Good teaching and learning
should

b) Lesson Observation Protocol

Ensure that every child succeeds


Build on a childs prior
knowledge
Make learning alive and clear
Make learning an enjoyable and
challenging experience
Enrich the learning experience
Involve children in their
learning

THE WESTMINSTER SCHOOL, DUBAI STRIVING TO INTEGRATE EXCELLNCE. BEYOND BORDERS!

Most important of all, all students


should be meaningfully engaged
in their learning. Excellent
teaching can transform lives.
Excellent teachers enliven minds,
build knowledge and
understanding, develop skill and
excite the imagination.
Effective teaching is a complex
combination of skills, knowledge,
dispositions, attitudes, values and
interpersonal capability.
Pedagogy is the why, what and
how of teaching. It is the
knowledge and skills teachers
need in order to make and justify
the decisions each lesson
requires.

Basic Expectations:
We expect our teachers to:
Have a secure knowledge of
what is to be taught and learned
Command a broad spectrum of
teaching strategies and skills
Understand the principles of
effective teaching and learning In addition, we expect our
teachers to:
Aspire to be Outstanding
teachers

Work hard and enjoy the


success it brings
Understand and share the
vision and mission of the
School
Model high expectations at
all times
Work as a team and enforce
standards
Meet performance targets
Implement the GEMS core
values in all aspects of the
School.We expect all teachers
to aim to be Outstanding
practitioners
What is an Outstanding teacher?
Expectations: The teacher has
high expectations of all students.
The teacher engages and
motivates students and
engenders high levels of
enthusiasm and commitment to
learning.
Planning, Expertise and
Activities: The teacher plans
with great care to ensure that
teaching is very well matched
to individual needs. The
teacher is very knowledgeable
in their subject and area of
learning and highly effective
in teaching them. No time is
wasted and the teacher sets
challenging tasks that are
closely matched to specific
learning needs.
Literacy and Numeracy: The
teacher takes every
opportunity to develop basic
skills such as reading, writing,
communication and
numeracy.
Interventions and Support:
Interventions are well-judged
and have notable impact on
the quality of learning.

Assessment: Assessment is
consistently accurate. The
teacher systematically and
effectively checks students
understanding throughout
lessons.
Marking and Feedback:
Marking and constructive
feedback from both the
teacher and student and of a
consistently high quality.
Students Progress and
Learning: Individual students
and groups of students make
well above expected progress
over time.
Students Attitude to
Learning: Students are
resilient and confident and are
developing as Independent
Learners.
National Standards for Teachers
These Standards apply to all
teachers regardless of their career
stage and define the minimum
level of practice expected of
teachers. Senior Leaders and
Phase Leaders will assess
qualified teachers against the
standards to a level that is
consistent with what should
reasonably be expected of a
teacher in the relevant role and at
the relevant stage in their career.
Teachers make the education of
their students their first concern
and are accountable for achieving
the highest possible standards in
work and conduct. Teachers act
with honesty and integrity; have
strong subject knowledge, keep
their knowledge and skills as
teachers up to date and are selfcritical; forge positive
professional relationships; and
work with parents in the best
interests of their students.

THE WESTMINSTER SCHOOL, DUBAI STRIVING TO INTEGRATE EXCELLNCE. BEYOND BORDERS!

TEACHING : A teacher must:


Set high expectations which
inspire, motivate and challenge
students:
Establish a safe and stimulating
environment for students, rooted
in mutual respect
Set goals that stretch and
challenge students of all
backgrounds, abilities and
dispositions
Demonstrate consistently the
positive attitudes, values and
behavior which are expected of
students
2.
Promote good progress
and outcomes by students:
o
Be accountable for
students attainment, progress
and outcomes
o
Plan teaching to build on
students capabilities and prior
knowledge
o
Guide students to reflect
on the progress they have made
and their emerging needs
o
Demonstrate knowledge
and understanding of how
students learn and how this
impacts on teaching
o
Encourage students to
take a responsible and
conscientious attitude to their
learning.

3.
Demonstrate good
subject and curriculum
knowledge:
o
Have a secure knowledge
of the relevant subject (s) and
curriculum areas, foster and
maintain students interest in the
subject
o
Demonstrate a critical
understanding of developments
in the subject and curriculum
areas, and promote an attitude of
scholarship
o
Demonstrate an
understanding of and take
responsibility of promoting high
standards of literacy, articulacy
and the correct use of standard
English, whatever the teachers
specialist subject
o
If teaching early reading,
demonstrate a clear
understanding of systematic
synthetic phonics
o
If teaching early
mathematics, demonstrate a
clear understanding of
appropriate teaching strategies.

4.
Plan and teach wellstructured lessons:
o
Impart knowledge and
develop understanding through
effective use of lesson time
o
Promote a love of learning
and childrens curiosity
o
Set home assignments
and plan other out-of-class
activities to consolidate and
extend the knowledge and
understanding of students have
acquired
o
Reflect systematically on
the effectiveness of lessons and
approaches to teaching
o
Contribute to the design
and provision of an emerging
curriculum within the relevant
subject area (s)

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6.
Make accurate and
productive use of assessment:
o
Know and understand
how to use assess the relevant
subject and curriculum areas
including statutory assessment
requirements
o
Make use of formative and
summative assessment to secure
students progress
5.
Adapt teaching to
respond to the strengths and
needs of all students:

o
Use relevant data to
monitor progress, set targets, and
plan subsequent lessons

o
Know when and how to
differentiate appropriately, using
approaches which enable
students to be taught effectively

o
Give students regular
feedback, both orally and through
accurate marking and encourage
students to respond to the
feedback.

o
Have a secure knowledge
of how a range of factors can
inhibit students ability to learn
and how best to overcome these
o
Demonstrate an
awareness of the physical, social
and intellectual development of
children and know how to adapt
teaching to support students
education at different stages of
development
o
Have a clear
understanding of the needs of all
students, including those with
special educational needs; those
with high ability; those with
English as an additional language;
those with disabilities; and be
able to use and evaluate
distinctive teaching approaches
to engage and support them.

7.
Manage behavior
effectively to ensure a good and
safe learning environment:
o
Have clear rules and
routines for behavior in
classrooms and take
responsibility for promoting good
and courteous both in classrooms
and around the school, in
accordance with the schools
behavior policy
o
Have high expectations of
behavior and establish a
framework for discipline with a
range of strategies, using praise,
sanctions and rewards
consistently and fairly
o
Manage classes
effectively, using approaches
which are appropriate to
students needs in order to
involve and motivate them
o
Maintain good
relationships with students,
exercise appropriate authority
and act decisively when
necessary.

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O
Having regard for the
need to safeguard students wellbeing, in accordance with
statutory provisions and GEMS
standards.

8. Fulfil wider Professional


responsibilities:
o
Make a positive
contribution to the wider life and
ethos of the School.

o
Showing tolerance of and
respect for the rights of others

o
Develop effective
professional relationships with
colleagues, knowing how and
when to draw on advice and
specialist support

o
Not undermining
fundamental UAE Islamic values
and cultural norms, individual
liberty and mutual respect and
acceptance of those with
different faiths, beliefs and
nationalities

o
Deploy support staff
effectively
o
Take responsibility for
improving teaching through
appropriate professional
development, responding to
advice and feedback from
colleagues communicate
effectively with parents with
regard to students achievements
and wellbeing.

o
Ensuring that personal
beliefs are not expressed in ways
which exploit students
vulnerability or might lead to
controversial discussions

PERSONAL AND
PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
A Teacher is expected to
demonstrate consistently high
standards of personal and
professional conduct.
Teachers uphold public trust in
the profession and maintain high
standards of ethics and behavior,
within and outside school, by:
O Treating students with dignity,
building relationships rooted in
mutual respect, and at all times
observing proper boundaries
appropriate to a teachers
position.

Teachers must have


proper and professional regard
for the ethos, policies and
practices of the school in which
they teach and maintain high
standards in their own
attendance and punctuality.

Teachers must have an


understanding of, and always act
within, the GEMS frameworks
which set out their professional
duties and responsibilities.
Strategies to Monitor and Review
the Quality of our Teaching and
Learning The evidence used to
review the quality of teaching and
learning:

Observations of lessons
and discussion with teachers and
students about observations.

Some joint (two staff to


moderate) observations and
related discussions.

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Regular learning
walk/drop-ins.

Discussions with students


about their work and their
experience of teaching time.

Discussions with staff


about teaching.

Department and
individual analysis of the views of
students, parents and staff (I
know my class, My Voice, etc).

Work scrutiny and


consideration of marking with
quality of comments.

Scrutiny of student
progress terminal results, ongoing assessment, and other
data.

Frequent Subject Leaders


meeting in making effective
judgements, including some
moderations judgements.
Teaching Observation Protocol
The Senior Leaders are
committed to ensuring that
classroom observation is
developmental and supportive
and that those involved in the
process will:

Carry out the role with


professionalism, integrity and
courtesy;
Report accurately and fairly;
Respect the confidentiality of the
information gained.

Teaching observation is
understood

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make in every life you touch.
For the impact you make today has a powerful rippling effect on
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