From October 2008 to July 2009
Project Leader(s): Rachel Lofthouse
Sponsors: Cardinal Hulme Catholic School, Gateshead
To develop a support strategy at three specific levels:
There are a number of ways of organising group 3. It could simply be collapsed and the development work could be conducted by the SGPG. Alternatively it could consist of a sub-set of groups 1 and 2 to better represent the whole staff experience. Ideally teachers will volunteer to join the development group. Members of the development group would not need to ‘pair up’ but would need permission from their co-coaching partners to share video of their sessions. A group size of 6-8 would be ideal.
Activities to support this initiative:
· Working alongside the SGPG using a steering-group/consultancy approach to support the roll out and review of co-coaching. These sessions will be discussion based rather than ‘training’.
· Co-coaching set-up INSET session with whole school teaching staff as agreed. The focus will be on the rationale for co-coaching, the adopted procedures (to be confirmed), and the ways that professional conversations about practice can support co-enquiry and co-construction of professional knowledge and understanding, with the desired outcome of enhancing teaching and learning.
· Working with the development group to enhance their co-coaching skills. The focus would be on promoting learning conversations which trigger co-enquiry and cognitive reflection. The mechanism for this would be that each member of the group would video record their co-coaching session and select a short clip to share within the development group. Guidance would be provided on how to select appropriate clips. The development group would meet for 2 hours in between each of the 3 co-coaching episodes and at the start of term 2 (i.e. 6 hours total). The sessions would be interactive and based on group coaching processes. The focus would be on enhancing professional dialogue through understanding contact/communication principles. The intention is that the development group can become lead practitioners for future co-coaching rounds. The way that this supports the sustainability of the programme will be discussed with the SGPG in December. We may wish to re-consider whether I attend this group – or whether this is an internal meeting.
· Conducting a two stage review of co-coaching:
a. An interim review based on term 1, written for end of January 09.
b. An end of year review, written for mid-July 09.
Each review will be based on a short questionnaire completed by the staff, one-to-one interviews with four participants (sample to be agreed), and a review of the outcomes of the SGPG and development group work. Ideally the questionnaire will be completed on-line. This will probably be best set up within school using your staff VLE (or equivalent).