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Professional development partnership with impact at Mission Grove

Challenge

With rapid and regular curriculum change, particularly in Computing, Mission Grove's leadership team were looking for a way to support their teachers in embracing new pedagogies and making the most of technology to support student engagement. Their long term goal was to move from a good to outstanding school.

Solution

The school entered into a partnership with Discovery Education, to provide a five-year customised Professional Development programme. The programme was designed to enable a core group of teachers to develop and hone their skills and techniques in using digital resources, and proven pedagogical strategies, to enhance learning. By implementing a cascade system, these digital leaders have been able to quickly and effectively share best practice across the school.

Results

In the first nine months of the partnership, Mission Grove educators have shared how Discovery Education is supportive, collaborative and truly personal. They have enjoyed and valued the time spent with their dedicated trainer and can already see impact on student engagement in the classrooms.

Our partner says

"The vision is to take Mission Grove a step further and to anticipate the developments of digital learning in the future. The work so far has been done in a professional, efficient, inspiring and courteous manner. It has already had an impact in our classrooms.Kate Jennings, Head teacher, Mission Grove Primary School

"I have no doubt that this partnership will make Mission Grove one of those schools where technology isn't just something you pull out of a hat to occupy students...it's used to really enhance the learning and move it forward.Ben Darling, Assistant Head teacher, Mission Grove Primary School

More about Mission Grove

Location: Walthamstow, East London

Key statistics:

  • four-form entry school with over 850 children on roll
  • over 75% of pupils with English as an additional language
  • above average number of pupils eligible for free school meals

Overall Ofsted rating 2012: Good

The school has its own radio station, Mission Grooove, and keeps geese and chickens.

Learn more about Mission Grove, their mission, their learning culture and achievement statistics on their website: http://www.missiongroveschool.com