Our Inset Day and Staff meeting this week have set about establishing how we want Westfield to be in the future. Central to this is developing the systems that will facilitate consistent high standards – in teaching and learning and behaviour, and parallel to this,our expectations of students and ourselves. Underpinning this is how we work together with the Westfield stakeholders – colleagues, students, parents and the wider community.
Our time together this week has been spent in sharing and developing our ideas in these areas, with an eye to a charter of policies and practices by June, ready for the following September and new school year. The sharing is vital to allow for the collegiality, collective responsibility and buy-in that is the hallmark of any successful team.
The Inset day gathered ideas in these areas through a carousel, and following this a Staff meeting. Due to unforeseen circumstances we took this outside in the sunshine for some al fresco CPD. Our 1st thoughts were shared for more discussion and debate…
1. Behaviour systems. What constitutes impeccable behaviour, and how do we establish a culture of this at Westfield? Clarity of routines and (high) expectations, mutual respect and praise and reward for this were seen as central to developing impeccable behaviour.
2. Teaching and Learning the Westfield way. There is so much pedagogical variety around that we have to find our own path and what suits our students and staff. A cycle of Input, Activity and Review will provide the structure, from which our key Butterfly ingredients will be added – knowing the students, subject expertise, questioning and providing high support and high challenge.
3. Classroom expectations encompasses both students and staff, with the aim of establishing the right foundations for learning and progress. Clarity of expectations will provide the consistency, and this should be allied to the development of both positive relationships and mutual respect, integrating this with how we plan and deliver our lessons. Let’s not forget hat students should bring to the table as well – an unconditional agreement that lessons are for learning and hard work.
4.Working together professionally. How we relate to each-other will drive the success of these new systems, and this includes all the stakeholders – ourselves, other staff, students, home and the wider community. Our sessions in this area provided a huge amount of discussion, with the overriding principle being that of mutual respect and care in how we speak and deal with eachother. Professionalism is defined as the skill, good judgement, and polite behavior that is expected from a person who is trained to do a job well, and this would appear to be the guide for how we work with Westfield’s stakeholders.
In all of theses areas consistency is the key, and this can only come with further discussion that includes all our views. As an Inset day and Staff meeting, we all worked together fantastically in sharing and discussing the areas above. Making Westfield the school we want it to be, as the building develops around us, will continue to be the aim of future sessions.