As the Principal at Marlborough I am passionately committed to ensuring every student gets the opportunity to achieve outstanding growth academically and socially every single year of their schooling. Experience and evidence shows us that student achievement is optimised when we have consistent, high quality teaching practices and a guaranteed and viable curriculum. Ensuring consistency between teachers and lifting their capacity is one of the most important elements of my job.
Ongoing professional development (PD), high quality feedback and ensuring accountability are all important parts of lifting teacher capacity. To deliver this we must develop a timetable and an organisational structure that improve our capacity to deliver this level of leadershp to teachers across the school
We have designed a new Organisational Structure for Marlborough in 2017. Leaders of the teams (including the Specialist Team) will be re-named Teaching and Learning Leaders. Until now, team leaders have been mostly responsible for daily organisation and co-ordination (the when and what of teaching), under the new structure our Teaching and Learning Leaders will be more responsible for building the teaching capacity of team members and ensuring accountability (also focusing on the how of teaching). We will build the capacity of these leaders and give them the opportunity to perform their roles through their own Professional Development and through re-structuring our timetable.
During the next few weeks we will go through an internal process with staff to finalise who fills these roles and will publish our Organisational Structure in a newsletter following that.
We have rearranged our Specialist Timetable for 2017 so that PE is Wednesday-Friday, Indonesian is Thursday-Friday and Art is Wednesday-Thursday. This ensures our teaching teams get blocks of APT together to plan together during the school day.
In each of these teams the focus in the planning sessions is to look at student assessment data (evidence) and turn that into high quality, consistent, differentiated lessons.
By ensuring that team planning sessions happen during the school day, we are able to free up a lot more time for consistent weekly Professional Development sessions after school.