The five day course saw teachers from Dauntsey’s School, Sir Thomas Rich’s School and St Mary’s Calne School join teachers from Rendcomb College on the programme, designed to enable teachers the time and space to reflect on excellent practice in the classroom.
The course was designed and facilitated by Peter Blenkinsop, the ex-head teacher of an ‘Outstanding’ rated school. The programme has been designed and continuously updated over a number of years and has been attended by hundreds of teachers across the Southwest from independent, junior and senior schools all of whom have benefitted greatly from the programme.
In addition, the programme encourages teachers to use coaching techniques to share idea with their colleagues. The aim is to foster a culture of reflective learning and high challenge in the participating schools.
Nick Cox, Deputy Head Academic at Rendcomb College, said: “It has been a pleasure to host the Excellent Teacher Programme here at Rendcomb College. It has been exciting to bring together some of the best teachers in the region to discuss what really works in the classroom, and a genuine privilege to witness the deep professional dialogue that has taken place. We are sure pupils at all of the schools involved will benefit from this work and many congratulations to the first cohort of teachers to graduate from the programme.”
One of the teachers said: “We gained an incredible amount from the programme and I am excited to take what we have learnt back to our own school and pass on the knowledge we have gained. It was great to be able to discuss our various teaching methods with others and learn from each other what works in different situations and how we can improve and develop the methods we already use.”