Teaching and Learning at Monkseaton High School
In order to ensure that all of our students, from year 9 to sixth form, make as much progress as they can during their time with us, teaching and learning is central to everything we do. We have an established culture of sharing the best practice and teachers at Monkseaton know that they have a commitment from the school to support them in their professional development. During our Open Door weeks, all staff have the time to visit other lessons across the school to encourage discussion.
Every Tuesday, staff participate in our Continuing Professional Development programme. Working on a four-weekly cycle, our sessions ensure that staff have the opportunity to discuss ideas with colleagues on a range of pertinent issues and strategies. Delivered by staff, our training is interactive, challenging and engaging. As part of this year’s cycle, all of our middle leaders have the opportunity to complete the National Professional Qualification in Middle Leadership in collaboration with Newcastle University’s North East Teaching Schools Partnership.
Central to our teaching and learning is what we refer to as our Big Six. Comprising of questioning, progress, literacy and numeracy, revision, seating for learning and differentiation, these are the components we believe lead to successful outcomes for our learners. In addition, June 2015 saw the launch of our BLUE Teaching focus where we’ve asked staff to incorporate more Magenta Principles, Montessori, SOLO Taxonomy, Cooperative Learning and Building Learning Power strategies into their lessons in order to encourage our students to be more creative and independent.
To support our BLUE Teaching, each of our timetabled teaching and learning groups has a specific focus which they will research and trial with their classes before feeding back to the rest of the staff. Every teacher at Monkseaton High School is part of a teaching and learning group, meeting once a week to share ideas and take a moment to reflect on their practice.