Teaching and Learning
Teacher Effectiveness Enhancement Programme
Without excellent teaching, excellent learning cannot happen. At Freebrough Academy our aim is to provide the very best in terms of teaching so that outstanding learning can take place. With this in mind we have embarked upon a four year teacher development programme called TEEP. The programme is delivered by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust and is designed to embrace current and recent initiatives in teaching and learning and apply them to our specific situation.
What is TEEP and how is it helping us to become the best we can be?
TEEP is the Teacher Effectiveness and Enhancement Programme and is rooted in evidence based research on effective teaching and learning. It aims to support schools to provide the best possible learning experiences for our young people.
The Aims of TEEP at Freebrough Academy are to:
- Give staff a common language for planning, teaching and evaluating learning
- Encompass and build upon everything that we do that we know makes teaching and learning better
- Enable excellent progression within a lesson and across a series of lessons in order to raise achievement for all
- Raise the number of good and outstanding lessons
- Provide staff with excellent development opportunities
Freebrough Academy: A TEEP Ambassador School
In recognition of our commitment to continuous improvement of teaching and learning through TEEP, the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust invited Freebough Academy to become a TEEP ambassador school. We were delighted to receive our certificate of recognition at the TEEP regional membership conference. A team of teachers and students also delivered a teaching and learning workshop at the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust national conference in November. Teaching and learning is at the very heart of everything we do at Freebrough Academy and we are proud to receive this national recognition.
The TEEP Framework
Freebrough Academy – The Impact of TEEP
Our aspiration at Freebrough is to be ‘Outstanding’. We know it is a long and challenging journey but we are committed to achieving this goal. Improving the quality of teaching and learning continues to be a priority and since the opening of the Academy in September 2010, part of our improvement work has involved teachers working collaboratively and attending CPD sessions regularly. This has had significant impact but we were looking for a framework which would provide us with a common language and set of principles, to draw all aspects of teaching and learning together in a consistent manner so that it was sustainable. In our view TEEP provides such a framework and this is why we decided to undertake the programme.
Without question the fifteen hours of Level 1 training had more impact on lessons than anything we had done previously. Faculties agreed to adopt the TEEP cycle for short term planning and delivery. A TEEP cycle PowerPoint was designed, shared and used in most lessons so a common language started to develop. TEEP displays appeared in classrooms and all students were introduced to TEEP language in assemblies. For us this was the beginning of a shared language of learning. During the Autumn round of observations, there was a significant increase in the number of lessons judged to be ‘Good’ and ‘Outstanding’ which Directors of Learning attributed to the impact of TEEP. In particular, greater use of practical TEEP strategies engaged students in more active learning which was something we had identified previously as an area of focus.
Our Level 2 group is made up of teachers who are consistently ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ over time and therefore have credibility with others. They have shown themselves to be emerging TEEP champions because they were the first to try out new ideas and make time to be able to work with others. We have a range of levels of responsibility and experience in the group including middle and senior leaders as well as mainstream teachers. Most were invited to join the group and some were simply volunteers who were passionate about being involved in TEEP. The two days that TEEP Level 2 training provided us with were a great opportunity to deepen our understanding of the model and really gel as a group.
We decided early on in the training that we were still working on the surface of TEEP, the actual learning cycle and needed more time to embed every part of the model. As a starting point the group planned and facilitated workshops on four of the underpinning elements so that every teacher received this training by July 2013. They also committed to taking a lead on a range of strategies which has now been collated to produce a TEEP action plan. As well as CPD, strands of the action plan include creating a TEEP site on the intranet for shared resources, reviews, articles of interest, a TEEP reference library and (hopefully) our first TEEP newsletter some time during the summer term. A vital section of the plan relates to our current VLE development. We hope to have a virtual TEEP Learning Wall up and running soon which will be used in all lessons and displayed in every classroom.
Our commitment to collaboration continued with some members of the Level 2 group agreeing to take a lead on the promotion of Learning Partners. We decided to purchase IRIS to support this work. It was not for all in the first instance but we did have some teachers who were really keen to video each other in the classroom and use this as a learning tool. Others agreed to look for opportunities to team teach, to start a small scale action research project or to act as mentors.
We thought that this was a realistic plan and sufficient to take on for the moment. Ensuring TEEP remained high profile was our focus at the early stage. Every opportunity was taken to promote TEEP from the regular showcase sessions, TEEP presentations at parent and governor events and reference to TEEP on our website.
In the next academic year, we had a number of our TEEP Level 2 group accredited and two staff accredited at Level 3. At this stage we had also developed a more focused coaching model. Level 3 staff began training both internally and externally over the next few years which gave them the experience to lead on whole school training.
In 2016, Freebrough established the Teesside Learning Trust (MAT), which is comprised of four schools, two primary (Badger Hill and Whitecliffe Primary Academies) and two secondary schools (Freebrough and Thornaby Academy). All staff within the MAT have been trained to Level 1 by our Level 3 Trainer, with a vision of a number them becoming Level 2, to help embed TEEP throughout the MAT. We have a unique opportunity within the MAT to embed TEEP from EYFS through to KS4 giving our students the best foundations for learning, which we can build upon at each key stage, allowing our students to develop the key skills they will require in future years to help them reach their potential.
Teaching and learning is our main focus within CPD and our current teaching and learning group lead TEEP sessions for staff to extend their knowledge, tools and strategies. Built into the sessions are opportunities to share resources and discuss different ways to implement them within their lessons and their subject areas. We have a strong focus on joint planning, where staff have the opportunity to work with others outside of their specialism to share and create lessons. As a MAT we share not only across subjects but also across key stages, primary and secondary colleagues come together to share, create and adapt ideas to enhance their practice. This is already having a big impact on learning as students who transition through the MAT notice similarities with strategies within their lessons giving them the confidence to tackle more advanced work.
Our CPD sessions aim to be catered to staff individual needs which are identified through performance management and the scrutiny of a range of evidence. This ensures that staff have access to CPD which addresses the areas for development they need to improve practice.
At Teesside Learning Trust we know that TEEP is here to stay and we are looking forward to the start of the next phase of our journey as a TEEP training school.
Level 3 TEEP Trainer