School Type: Metropolitan primary school
Region: Southern Metropolitan Region
Staff: 27 teaching, 10 non-teaching
Principal: Mr Tony Bryant
Silverton Primary School has flexible learning areas with teachers working as teams in a supportive and professional environment. The school aims to improve student learning outcomes by raising teacher capacity through coaching, mentoring and quality induction programs for all teaching and non-teaching staff. Staff believe that good teaching practice based on sound educational research and quality professional learning opportunities creates a whole school culture of improvement.
School approach to the next phase
The school's approach to the next phase:
- to improve teacher capacity through research and quality professional learning
- to trial innovative practices
- to measure the quality and impact of professional learning on student outcomes
- to further develop an authentic child-centred curriculum.
School approach to each element
Element 1: induction into the school or into a new role
- graduate teachers spend regular time with their mentors including observing each other teach
- the team structure in flexible learning areas supports new teacher’s induction
- new teachers begin the induction program prior to starting at the school
- the induction program is evaluated each year by both the mentor and mentee.
Element 2: multiple sources of feedback on practice
- all staff are involved in a formal “Critical Friends” program where observation of each other’s teaching is an essential component
- staff complete a self evaluation booklet based on the Professional Standards of Teaching
- staff video each other teaching as a support for further discussions
- staff meet regularly with Teaching and Learning Coaches for feedback
- designated ICT Peer Coaches provide regular feedback
- all staff complete the ePotential survey and discuss results with ICT Peer Coaches.
Element 3: individual performance and development plans aligned to school goals
- plans are regularly updated and monitored by Coaches every six months
- there is an ICT component in all personal plans.
Teacher Annual Reviews for 2008:
Element 4: quality professional learning
- teachers are given opportunities to apply for school-based research grants
- teacher exchange between schools is encouraged
- staff travel locally, overseas and interstate to see quality teaching and learning practices
- teachers are given quality readings to discuss in teams
- teacher research teams are established
- the school hosts many visitors from local, interstate and overseas to see good teaching practices in flexible learning areas.
Element 5: belief that the school has a Performance and Development Culture
- risk taking and innovation are encouraged and supported throughout the school
- the school has established very strong professional learning teams in all flexible learning areas
- meetings focus on data analysis and improving teaching practice
- school data is displayed and updated regularly in the staff room for all staff to see and discuss.