At Mayfield, teaching has changed rapidly over the last two years. All staff follow the updated Mayfield Teaching Model. This provides consistency and means that students face the same routines around the school.
The Model includes guidance on how students enter a classroom, the minimum equipment and also the requirement that students are given guidance at key times within the lesson on how they are making progress.
To support the development of effective learning strategies the teaching staff have been focused on specific strategies linked to individual differentiation and how lessons are pitched. In particular there has been training linked to the needs of pupils with SEN and those classified as able and talented. Literacy, Numeracy and SMSC remains a focus of the school and all subjects take responsibility for delivering these key life skills. Encouraging students to develop the techniques required to create quality pieces of extended writing remains a focus of all departments.
Staff at Mayfield are supported through internal and external training to stay abreast of the recent changes to KS3 and KS4 curriculums ensuring that they deliver a broad, cohesive and comprehensive curriculum which is relevant and engaging.
Through partnership with external training providers we are proud to have supported staff in developing their careers, this includes completion of ‘good to outstanding’ and ‘aspiring senior leader’ courses. In addition, staff support each other through mentoring which is coordinated through the Lead Practitioner team. This is a team or highly qualified and skilled teachers within the school. We also have a successful ongoing CPD for all staff which is appropriate to where they are in their teaching career.
Personalised Continuing Professional Development (PCPD) runs as part of our Monday meeting cycle; as the name suggests staff choose which sessions they attend. The sessions are based on the whole school targets, areas for development from lesson observations, appraisal targets and staff feedback from the previous year. There are 6 sessions over the year.
At our Subject Development Meetings (SDM) we combine appropriate training with professional debate, school updates and quality assurance. This supports our Middle leaders as well as provides for consistency across the school and training for those who are aspiring Senior Leaders.
Our NQTs are each assigned a mentor who they meet with on a weekly basis. During their 10% timetable reduction time they are encouraged to observe other colleagues or co-plan lessons. We have a CPD programme for our NQTs that runs throughout the year in addition to the Monday meetings.
NQT+1 are each supported by a mentor/coach who is a lead practitioner. They are encouraged to run a student voice project and to observe other teachers. Successful completion of the programme earns participants a certificate at the end of the year.
NQT+2 are assigned a coach who can work with them on any areas of development they wish.
Should you be interested in joining our dedicated team please click on our vacancies link.