WCTSP supports the Conference programme at Wellington College. Wellington is a national and international centre for educational thinking and debate. The innovation found in our curriculum is matched by the inventiveness and variety of our conference programme which addresses the leading educational issues of the day. Conferences are aimed at innovative school leaders, and those who aspire to introduce real change to their institutions.
The Wellington College Teaching School Partnership brings schools and strategic partners together in a unique collaboration that is school-led and which focuses upon the needs of educational professionals. Its objective, through cooperation, is to provide a continuum of professional learning opportunities for staff with the desired outcome of improving the educational attainment of pupils in school. The vision is to embed a culture of aspiration, collaboration and excellence, and to empower those working in schools to develop a strong learning culture using a self-improving education system and the sharing of best practice.
This is achieved using the ‘Big 6’ framework provided by the National College for Teaching and Leadership set out below:
- lead the development of a school-led ITT (initial teacher training) system, either through School Direct or by securing accreditation as an ITT provider
- lead peer-to-peer professional and leadership development (continuing professional development)
- identify and develop leadership potential (succession planning and talent management)
- provide support for other schools
- designate and broker specialist leaders of education (SLEs)
- engage in research and development activity
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We are pleased to be participating in this government initiative to improve the equality and diversity in school leadership. Our programme looks to address the nationally, and locally identified need to train and support women, and staff from BME groups, to progress into middle and senior leadership roles.
Our new programme started with an introductory event on 12 December 2016, including the first of our support network groups. Being a part of this NCTL project has meant we are able to provide free leadership training, coaching sessions and a support group to 13 teachers from our partner schools. Our aspiration is that the programme helps participants develop their confidence, skills and knowledge to become an effective leader, empowered to develop flourishing teams.
David Didau visited Wellington College on Monday 9 January, to speak to teachers about his latest findings on marking and feedback. Our teaching school partners were invited to attend a free twilight session with David, where he gave a thought provoking talk, considering "What if everything you knew about feedback was wrong". Questions were raised, and considerations given, as to what makes effective feedback, and what is the difference between marking and feedback? What we know is that the power of feedback can be both positive and negative, and how you give feedback is crucially important. To read more from David Didau you can follow his blog here: http://www.learningspy.co.uk/%20