Gave me time to think and reflect on where are we now. Particularly in terms of knowledge, moral purpose, social and organisation.
Visiting Nigerian Delegate
The OLEVI approach establishes an improved culture of knowledge sharing. Recognising differentiation and dealing with it effectively.
Cynthia Symon, School Improvement partner, MOD Schools
For us, OLEVI has become a core vehicle, a tool, for our schools’ improvement. It has been the most impactful professional development that we have ever done. Things have come and gone over the years, but with OLEVI I feel it’s a relationship – a model that is so sustainable.”
Andrew Grabham, Facilitator, Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg
Participating in the OTP, OFP and the POC Train the Trainers in quick succession has been quite a whirlwind, but it has without a doubt been the most worthwhile professional development that I have experienced. Having a regular opportunity to reflect on my teaching and learning practice, and trading ideas and experiences with like-minded teachers, has had a profound impact on my teaching ability and my enjoyment of the job.
Menna J Roberts, Assistant Head, Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg Primary Phase
Everyone delivering education needs a boost now and again and attending the OTP programme reignited my enthusiasm for the career I chose many moons ago! This has been a particularly stimulating experience and I have championed the programme to other school leaders.
Nia Rowlands – Facilitator
Being part of the OLEVI OTP programme has been the most valuable experience of my teaching career to date, and both myself and my pupils have benefited immensely. It has changed my expectations within lessons and has given me both the courage and confidence to give my pupils more independence and freedom. This in turn has impacted on the department as our discussions are more open and focused on teaching and learning.
Gabriel Calwell, Director of Teaching and Learning, Bedford High School
The OTAP has proved to be the key to building a better more constructive working relationship between teaching assistant (TA) and teacher. Each has knowledge and skills to share. However, the TAs often have a better understanding of what makes the pupil tick. This can enable them to engage the pupil in a way which makes learning more meaningful and support the teacher to achieve learning outcomes.
Meinir Thomas, Deputy Head, Ysgol Llanhari
The OTP encouraged us to return to our teaching and learning roots and to consider the elements of outstanding lessons which will have a far-reaching effect on our pupils’ learning.
Betsan Perrett – Facilitator
As busy teachers we can sometimes feel overwhelmed as we are inundated with new initiatives and curriculum changes. In contrast to most training programmes however, the OTP has a unique approach. By working with other teachers in a supportive environment, the programme provides an opportunity to ‘tweak’ what we already do, by deepening our thinking and raising our awareness. This subtle approach however has far reaching consequences, and can inspire and transform our practice. It has given me the confidence to take more risks and has had a profound effect on the way I think, which in turn has been valuable to my students and to my own development. The opportunity to be part of such a programme has inspired me (despite being a more mature teacher!) and made me realise that it is never too late for change!
James Rees, OLE Delegate and Associate Headteacher, Dyffryn High School
When colleagues reflect upon and evaluate the impact of their experiences, it is clear that they have developed their understanding, approach and confidence in being an effective leader.
Lee Mason-Ellis, Executive Head, The Pioneer Academy
Investment in coaching has been a crucial part of the success achieved by the Pioneer Academy schools. Coaching has united staff at all levels, opening up valuable communication channels that improve the quality of teaching and learning. It has opened up a state of mind where learning and progression is key, helping individuals help themselves and maintaining long-term sustainable success.
Sharon Jeffs, Head of Learning, Robert Bloomfield Academy
The most profound impact the ITP has had, is on the delegates’ expectations of what their students can do and consequently now raise the bar. The challenging of expectations has not only seen an increase in student performance but, in addition, has raised the students’ own expectations of the quality of their teaching.
Liz Nicholls, Headteacher, Ripley St. Thomas Academy
Our outstanding facilitators have contributed to the school’s developing ‘open door’ culture. Teachers have a sense of pride about what they do and value the feedback from lesson observation. Facilitation has had a broader impact on the engagement of individuals to grow their capacity to develop teaching and learning beyond their classroom.
Leah Crawley, Headteacher, Burnt Ash Primary School
The OTAP has raised the profile of the teaching/learning assistant to a position in schools where they are being taken seriously as a profession and valued. It is having a very positive effect on our children’s learning and creating excellent working relationships with other staff members across the school.
Kieran Osborne, Principal, Hayes School
Following the introduction of the OTP the school received an ‘Outstanding’ grade for Teaching and Learning. We believe this was a direct result of the OTP – all the teachers graded ‘Outstanding’ had attended the programme.
Director, Billericay Teaching School Alliance
The OLEVI programmes were an inspiration. They enabled us to understand and recognise what ‘Good’ and ‘Outstanding’ teaching looks like in the classroom.
Assistant Headteacher, The King John School
The King John School has had a significant number of staff go through both the ITP and OTP in the year prior to the school’s recent Ofsted inspection. The majority of those on the OTP all consistently had lessons graded as Outstanding.
Headteacher, World’s End Junior School
Both the OLEVI ITP and OTP programmes have had an enormous impact on raising the quality of teaching at World’s End Junior School. Three of our teachers have been graded as ‘outstanding’ for the first time in their careers. The rapid improvement was recognised by Ofsted in January 2013
Deputy Headteacher, Royal Wooton Bassett Academy
We will offer the ITP and OTP as tools for improving teaching and learning throughout our North Wiltshire Teaching Alliance. We have seen them work in our own school and value the impact they have made. We recognise that the professional development of all staff needs to be of the highest quality, equally important, and focused on student outcomes.
Vice Principal, Holyhead School
Our school has used both the ITP and OTP to support over 70 members of staff. As a result, we have been able to embed a strong ‘open door’ policy and develop a coaching structure within the school to support teachers of all experience. We continue to see the OLEVI programmes as an integral part of our CPD.
It has completely transformed my life, both in and out of the school and that of my students.
To be able to speak to other excellent practitioners has made me feel empowered that this is the way forward.
I particularly enjoyed the sessions on coaching as it provided me with an effective and non-directive leadership model… it offers you the challenge and stimulus to raise your practice.
I have found a whole new enthusiasm for how I approach work. I now believe in myself and I am more aware of how I encourage children to develop their learning.
Deputy Head, Swindon Academy
The opportunities to review aspects of pedagogy, which we know have an impact on learning in the classroom, to observe the students and teachers at The Earls and to carry out Joint Practice Development back at school have been greatly beneficial to our teachers. We will, because of this impact, be looking to place more staff on these programmes in the future.