Striving for the highest quality in teaching and learning is the bedrock at Harrow Way with the school always looking to develop and grow their teachers. Their commitment to professional training has been recognised by the Teacher Development Trust Network (TDTN), who has awarded the school their prestigious Bronze Award.
Headteacher Michael Serridge commented on the importance of continually improving the standards of teaching and learning at the school said â€œTo quote educational expert Dr Dylan William, â€˜If we can create a culture where every teacher believes that they need to improve, not because they are not good enough but because they can do even better, there is no limit to what we can achieveâ€™. Thatâ€™s the philosophy here at Harrow Way, no matter how good our results get and how well our students do, we will continually strive to improve the standards of teaching here by ensuring we have the very best teachers. And the way we will achieve this is by investing in their professional developmentâ€.
Before gaining the Bronze Award Harrow Way were put through a rigorous audit. All members of staff (teaching and support) were assessed on their continuous professional development and the Senior Leadership Team was audited with regard to where the school currently stood and what could be done to improve. TDTN also visited the school, talking to a wide range of staff and governors, in order to make a final judgement on the quality of Harrow Wayâ€™s professional development.
Michael Serridge continues: â€œWe were delighted and proud to be awarded the Bronze Award which recognises the great work we do in the important area of professional development. However, the journey does not stop there and the TDTN will now support us to become even better. We already have plans in the pipeline to visit other schools and develop various training programmes to fully support all of our staff to develop in their roles and, ultimately, to do the very best that they can for our students. Silver award next and then weâ€™re going for Gold!â€.
TDTN is an organisation founded by teachers, dedicated to improving the educational outcomes of children by ensuring they experience the most effective learning.