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Developing our curriculum through training in Finland
Start date: 01 Jun 2016, End date: 31 May 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Professional development course - Teaching and learning in The Finnish Education System (Primary & EYFS)We believe this opportunity will empower and upskill a wide range of staff through coaching, delivery of staff CPD, links with community and parents, links with consortium schools and her wider ranging support through her advisory role.Our key areas on our development plan this year are;1) To ensure that under-performing groups (pupil premium,EAL and SEN) are identified and targeted with high quality intervention and make rapid progress. This will be tackled by improving staff competency (through high quality CPD), exploring new teaching methods & tools and reviewing / improving the organisation of teaching; in particular high quality wave 1 and 2 intervention. These are areas specifically identified as features of outstanding practice in the Finnish Education system. we also aim to break down barriers for our hard to reach families and this project will support this. 2) To ensure teaching assistants are deployed effectively, leading to clear impact on pupils learning. Again this will be tackled through improving staff competency, with a focus being on developing children's independence and resilience. These are also areas identified as strengths in Finnish Education.3) To develop and refine a consistent whole school behaviour approach that incorporates a restorative approach. To see how Finnish schools manage their behaviour approaches and to speak to key staff would be invaluable - this information would then feed directly back into Raddlebarn through INSET & a range of CPD.The experience and ideas we hope to gain through this will project will allow for shared practice through a range of CPD opportunities for all staff. We aim to empower staff by getting them to critically reflect on their current practice and will work with staff teams to reflect on curriculum, behaviour and teaching approaches. In her role as advisor to other local schools, Kerri also aims to share her experience and working as a consortium of 12 schools is the perfect vehicle. Impact of this CPD will up skill all staff, encourage a reflective approach, empower to challenge but most importantly, where teaching and learning is enhanced, will lead to direct impact on the pupils, both academically but also in terms of well being, enjoyment and resilience. This impact will be monitored through pre and post data linked to outcomes and pupil well being, something we already do rigorously. As a reflective practitioner, Kerri hopes to be exposed to a range of ideas around pedagogy, curriculum, creative methods, use of ICT to enhance learning, cultural and up to date knowledge of Finland. She hopes to further develop her leadership skills and pass this on through her extensive coaching responsibilities at Raddlebarn Primary. On a more simplistic level, she is very much looking forward to sharing her experience with the children and parents, both through her teaching and through assemblies and making links that the children will potentially benefit from in the future.
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