Joseph Chamberlain College in Birmingham are on an accelerated path to become an outstanding learning institution. As part of this journey they developed a comprehensive internal programme of staff development, designed to specifically address key issues that were emerging from classroom observations. They were also keen to share examples of best practice that they were observing across the College.
The College was also aware that Ofsted when inspecting the school, would not just be evaluating the amount of staff development they also would want hard evidence to demonstrate that it was having an impact on practice.
Consequently they approached this company to see whether we could develop a system which provided the following features;
- Support the creation of development plans based on the feedback from observations.
- Alert teachers to courses that they needed to attend to improve their practice.
- Enable teachers to book onto these courses online.
- Following their attendance at the course populate the teacher’s portfolio with the learning outcomes from the event and ask them to reflect on the impact it will have on their practice.
- Enable teachers to see and open up all this information from one dashboard
- Permit school managers to review a teacher’s portfolio.
- Provided comprehensive reports to demonstrate that the staff development was being targeted at raising performance.
Although the system had not been introduced at the time of the last Ofsted visit in September 2014, it was described to the Inspectors and contributed to the College receiving a ‘good’ grade and a comment that ‘All teachers benefit from a range of excellent development activities that focus on improving teaching, learning and assessment.’