St. Patrick's College, Maghera
Gráinne Hughes is sharing how she has used this approach to improve pupil outcomes.
The School Development Plan is a priority in all schools and improving pupils’ outcomes is at its core
Research what methods have worked for others in improving pupils’ outcomes
Try the inquiry-based approach as it is time bound and measurable
The inquiry-based approach allows you to disregard strategies that do not improve pupils’ outcomes and focus on strategies that yield positive results
Identify barrier/s to learning
Select a group of pupils
Decide on a strategy
Specify a time for the trial
Reflect on what went well and what was ineffective
Evaluation – draw conclusions that can feed into future classroom strategies
On reflecting on her classroom practice and her approach to CPD, Gráinne carried out extensive research. Including: -
Putting Staff First: A Blueprint for Revitalising our Schools: A blueprint for a revitalised profession by John Tomsett and Jonny Uttley published 2020
Perfect Teacher-Led CPD by Shaun Allison published 2014
The CPD Curriculum: Creating Conditions for Growth by Zoe Enser & Mark Enser published 2021
A Quiet Education: Challenging the Extrovert Ideal in our Schools by Jamie Thom published 2020
Stop Talking About Wellbeing: A Pragmatic Approach to Teacher Workload by Kat Howard published 2020
What are you doing to improve pupils’ outcomes?
Can you measure the outcome of the strategies you are using to improve outcomes?
Can you identify pupils in your class that have specific barriers to learning?
What strategy could you use?