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Impact Studies

It's a privilege to affect positive change in schools - and to see those changes maintained and built on once my work has finished. Here are some examples of my facilitation and training, its impact and how I make it sustainable. Projects currently in work will be updated when impact is shown.


Embedding a sustainable video coaching provision that accelerates teacher professional development

The Headteacher approached thinking classroom with a requirement to improve the quality of teaching and learning specifically for a group of NQT (+1)s who joined the school in September 2014.

Key Elements of this project include:

  • Set up and establish in-ear coaching using Iris Connect
  • Work extensively with focus teachers
  • Integrate Iris Connect practices with Lesson Study
  • Train in-school coaches
  • Whole school training
  • Impact measures using industry standard model

Improving leadership Teaching and Learning: Long Term sustainable support

The Headteacher approached Thinking Classroom with a requirement to improve the quality of teaching and learning throughout the school and to develop the senior leadership team.

Key Elements of this project include:

  • Demonstration lessons, co-teaching and teacher-time-outs
  • Iris Connect live and time-shifted coaching/lesson analysis
  • Executive leadership coaching
  • Creating Extra-Ordinary Leaders programme
  • Twilight Masterclasses
  • Training teacher champions for project sustainability

Adventure-Based Learning: Curriculum Enrichment Programme

The Headteacher approached Thinking Classroom with a requirement to make the EYFS and KS1 curricula more engaging and more effective. Together we have developed a staff and curriculum development programme around Adventure Learning.

Key Elements:

  • Coherent set of learning skills, behaviours and dispositions linked to child-'friendly animal adventurers'
  • Staff fully explore the concept of 'Learning Adventure' through CPD experiences
  • Staff empowered to plan, teach and assess in ways that engage pupils
  • Staff empowered to have teaching adventures and to adopt the role of 'Great Guide'
  • Effective engagement of boys and more able learners

Download the school's values-based single page teaching and learning policy.

The programme and associated resources/materials are being developed in 2015 and will be available to schools from 2015. Please contact Mike for further information.

Lanes End Primary School, Cowes, Isle of Wight

In-class coaching and school improvement: Long Term Project

The headteacher approached Thinking Classroom to work with each member of staff using a variety of coaching techniques. Work is also being undertaken with the school development team to ensure a sound strategic view.

Key elements of the project include:

  • Live coaching; Teacher-Time-Outs; 4x4 coaching
  • Dream Days - raising pupil aspiration
  • Executive leadership coaching
  • Development team support
  • Twilight Masterclasses
  • Governor meetings
  • Parents' sessions
Hurstbourne Tarrant CofE Primary School, Hants

Creative Partnerships Enquiry -
How can we develop pupils' higher order thinking skills using creative approaches to teaching and learning?

Training Package: 12 days bespoke training, coaching and strategic consultation working as a Creative Practitioner for Creative Partnerships.

Photo Hurstbourne TarrantHurstbourne Tarrant is a small rural school near Andover. Experienced and dynamic staff lead the learning of a very cosmopolitan bunch of learners. HT Joyce Johnson had already established an integrated curriculum. I got involved at the embedding stage.

Learning values underpin all curriculum areas: Thinking, Emotional Intelligence, Independence, Creativity, Collaboration, Spirituality. Subjects are learned through themes and infused with these values. Read On ...

Foxborough Primary School, Slough

Post Ofsted comment from C Egerton Chesney, Headmaster

Thanks for your most exceptional support, help and belief. You would have been proud at the really good number of lessons graded 2 with teachers using techniques and ideas you taught them. We are out of category, satisfactory overall with some good stuff. I look forward to our continued work together. Read on ...