Benefits of a whole school programme
A whole school LP accreditation programme can bring many benefits to the LP individuals and the whole school. Including:
- drives whole school improvement and develops a culture of teaching and learning
- supports continued professional development and helps set development targets
- builds the capacity for improvement and demonstrates success
- helps aspirant National Teaching Schools to evidence impact
- builds into or provides a structure for your school’s own professional development plan
- builds into TEEP whole school training at level 2.
The SSAT Lead Practitioner accreditation provides schools with a tool to drive whole-school improvement through:
- developing a culture of improving teaching and learning through ongoing CPD that is provided by practitioners, for practitioners
- building the capacity for improvement and providing evidence of improvement that can be used to demonstrate success, both internally and externally
- motivating and rewarding the best staff in order to retain the best and attract others of equal ability
- connecting the school to local and national networks in order to continue improving. Whole-school improvement is dependent on the quality of the practitioners in the school and the capacity of the school to continually develop those practitioners.
Establishing a group of practitioners, all undertaking the accreditation process together, brings a number of advantages over an individual approach:
- more cost-effective -when bringing in high quality support if needed the cost per person is substantially less
- successful completion – the participants are much more strongly supported by their peers and far more likely to complete the programme and have an impact
- more evidence of impact – because it is large scale, the outcomes are more immediate and measurable for self-evaluation
- culture of collaborative learning – it creates a hot-house effect where colleagues gain in confidence to develop and try ideas through reinforcement
- stronger focus on teaching and learning – it takes that year’s focus on teaching and learning, which all schools will have, and embeds it in a real process that will produce clear results, supporting other programmes in school to achieve the same end.