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Edge
field recognises that competent staff is key to achieving its mission and vision and is committed to building and supporting staff professional development to drive a forward-looking curriculum that provides opportunities for peaks of excellence and breakthrough in one accord. The school aligned the Engaged learning and Facilitative teaching Curriculum Framework and Staff Well Being Framework to ensure the holistic growth of staff.    

 The Engaged learning and Facilitative teaching Curriculum Framework guides the Quality Teaching in Every Classroom through the 8 principles of facilitative teaching to bring about desired outcomes for pupils.


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The Staff Well Being Framework drives Staff Resource Planning. In place are approaches based on EDGE (Experience, Develop, Grow, Empower) and SMART (Staff Needs, Mastery Development, Attention to staff segments, Reflection, Team collaboration) to support the engagement and holistic development of staff. 



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With reference from the Engaged learning and Facilitative teaching Curriculum Framework and the element of Develop in the school’s Staff Well Being Framework, the school’s approach of building collective staff capacity is premised on Fullan’s “using the group to change the group”.  As part of an ongoing effort to build collective staff capacity, the school practices level sharing to achieve teacher collaboration via their professional sharing of teaching and learning processes. This allows for a purposeful and participative approach that builds collegiality among the level teachers and facilitated the development of a professional learning community in the area of Formative Assessment (TLC-FA), MP4 and ICAN. 


Every level is a professional learning team that plans, implements and evaluates comprehensive programmes for all pupils, guided by Year Heads who are supported by a team of Teacher Leaders made up of STs/LTs. The learning teams capitalize on sharing of best practices to explore, document, review innovative teaching and learning practices and to enhance the teachers’ knowledge of good teaching practices.


All teaching staff is engaged in professional sharing at a level to increase competency in teaching and learning. The approaches include weekly time tabled time sharing and monthly reflection log. SLs, SSD, YHs and HODs also sit in the discussion sessions to participate in the sharing as leader; to lead teachers as instructional leaders; and to monitor the quality of discussion and thinking as department managers. All staff celebrated their professional development through the year-end annual learning seminar which they consolidated their reflective practices.


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Teacher Leaders made up of STs/LTs who as designers of learning spearhead innovative teaching and learning practices and enhance the teachers’ knowledge of good teaching approaches.


Teacher's workshop on "Engaging pupils through effective questioning"

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On-going professional development for staff to support their role as curriculum designers for effective teaching and learning. 

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Sharing by external subject experts to deepen staff’s pedagogical repetoire.

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Professional learning team explore, document, review innovative teaching and learning practices and to enhance the teachers’ knowledge of good teaching practices.

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Celebration of staff growth at the Learning Fest.



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Staff PIES (Professional, Intrinsic, Esteem, Social) needs are looked after to ensure Holistic Growth of staff.



2016

Teacher's workshop on "Engaging pupils through Richard Paul's wheel of reasoning"

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Parents' Symposium 2015 - Teachers conducting workshops for parents

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Structured mentoring training for Senior Teachers by Lead Teachers

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Sharing by Beginning Teachers on strategies used in Skillful Teacher training

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Sharing of good practices and strategies through Video Fest

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Lesson Observations by teachers

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Besides developing the teachers, staff well-being is also an important aspect for our teachers. The staff welfare committee (SWC) collaborates with different departments in the school to plan and organise activities to foster camaraderie and promote staff bonding and  through the 4 CAMP domains – cognitive, aesthetics, moral and social and physical.

Science committee bonding sessions

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Staff bonding - Making a terrarium

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Staff Retreat 2015

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