OTP in Salisbury

07 December 2017

I am delighted to report that Pickwick Learning has successfully facilitated another Olevi licenced Outstanding Teacher Programme, this time in Salisbury at Greentrees Primary School.  We have had the honour of setting up a hub in Salisbury led by two exceptional leaders: Rebecca Bone (Headteacher, Winterslow CE Primary School) and Alan Geary (Deputy Headteacher, Greentrees Primary School) to help provide Teaching School services in the area and kicked off the professional development by leading an OTP programme.

The OTP was attended by 12 experienced teachers from across South Wiltshire who took part in facilitated teaching and learning, post-session challenges and coaching sessions over a 10 week period.  Teachers engaged brilliantly in the programme, reflecting on what makes an outstanding lesson and how to teach exceptionally well sustainably whilst retaining a good life-work balance (notice ‘life’ is first!)  Teachers learnt about the power of DRICE for planning, teaching and evaluating for outstanding progress:

  • Deepening Thinking
  • Role Modelling
  • Impact
  • Challenging Expectations
  • Engaging Learners

One of the delegates, John Williams from Winterslow Primary School, developed the DRICE acronym into a Wiltshire inspired ‘CIDER’ poster which is now displayed in pride of place in the Pickwick offices!

Feedback from the programme was very positive with all delegates feeling able to return to their schools and develop the teaching and learning both in their own classrooms and with their colleagues.

“The programme allowed for high level professional dialogue with other colleagues at a similar level, both within our school and others nearby.  It has inspired me to reach outstanding levels at all times without exhausting myself!” (Donna Richards, St Andrews Primary School, Laverstock)

“I’ve gained so much from the OTP.  It’s given me confidence and helped me to regain perspective, and reminded me of why I do this job.  Thank you both!” (Kat Tregale, Bowerhill Primary School)

“Thank you for guiding us through the variety of models and helping deepen our confidence in listening/questioning effectively.” (Maria Wood, Greentrees Primary School)

As often happens when we run the OTP, the engagement in the programme has blossomed into other areas, leading to high quality development work in the form of recruiting Local and Specialist Leaders of Education, leading a hub of schools in a multi-Teaching School Alliance phonics programme and launching a targeted middle and emerging leadership programme, as well as developing several courses for staff to access.

For more information about the courses and programmes we run, or to find out how we can support your school please visit www.pltsa.co.uk or drop us an email…

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