As part of our work as a Teaching School, we are of course happy to host visits from colleagues taking part in NPQH programmes. Part of the qualification involves a project which will be useful to the host school. Steve Bond, Deputy Head of Minehead Middle School, undertook a placement at Woodroffe and decided to look at the operation of the Teaching School as the focus for his project.
He chose to look closely at the work undertaken at Woodroffe, as the lead schools of the JCTSA, and then visited two other alliances in order to make comparisons. His final report, which is attached, is a very thorough piece of work, and gives both a very clear account of the ethos and practice of the JCTSA, and some very useful comparisons with the other alliances. He concludes with some action points which tie in very neatly with our own plans.
Part of his review inevitably focuses on Trio work and the leading of outstanding pedagogy across the alliance, so it is useful in that respect too.
An external, objective perspective is very useful, and the NPQH project would well be a useful way of introducing a light touch peer review for the teaching schools involved.
Since completing his NPQH, Steve has secured a headship.