Sully as a Learning Organisation

At Sully Primary school we recognise the importance of engaging all staff in continuous professional learning. As such:

  • New staff receive induction and mentoring support.
  • Professional learning is focused on student learning and school goals.
  • Staff are fully engaged in identifying the aims and priorities for their own professional learning.
  • Professional learning challenges thinking as part of changing practice.
  • Professional learning connects work-based learning and external expertise.
  • Professional learning is based on assessment and feedback.
  • Time and other resources are provided to support professional learning.
  • The school’s culture promotes and supports professional learning.

Current examples of the ways in which this can be seen in action are as follows:

  • Mrs Basar, Mrs Thomas, Mrs Bridge, Mrs Chinneck and Mrs Rees-Williams continue to develop their HLTA roles within the school and are effectively covering teacher’s planning, preparation and assessment (PPA) time on a weekly basis.
  • Mrs Barlow is also continuing her role as external assessor for prospective HLTAs with the CSC/Welsh Government.
  • Mrs Parry is currently on a two year career break to further her understanding of education within an International setting. Mrs Parry is teaching in Egypt in an International School and is in regular contact with both the pupils and staff of Sully.
  • Miss Price continues her part-time role for the Open University lecturing on ‘Young children’s lives and learning’. Miss Price currently works part-time within our school and her dual role continues to be beneficial for the school, with her experience in play, creativity and educational research.
  • Our Additional Learning Needs Coordinator (ALNCo), Mrs Claire Williams, is currently attending numerous courses and training events in order to assist us in our approach to effectively implementing the new Additional Learning Needs Bill which will come into place in September 2021.
  • Mrs Waddington is currently undertaking ‘the Newly Appointed and /or Acting Headteacher Pathway’. This two year course will further equip Mrs Waddington with the skills and knowledge needed to effectively manage and strategically lead a high performing school.
  • Miss Harries & Mrs Waddington continue to undertake the role of external mentor for Newly Qualified Teachers across the Consortium.
  • Mrs Waddington & Mrs Claire Williams have undertaken Senior Lead Training in Trauma and Mental Health in Schools.
  • Mrs Morgan, Miss Price & Miss Harries are currently working together as our ‘Curriculum Design Team’, and are currently leading on the creation and implementation of our New Curriculum and our approach to pedagogy.
  • All staff are undertaking learning opportunities which are linked to our current School Improvement Plan. This includes:
    • Training in effectively utilising the new JIGSAW PHSE scheme or work,
    • Training in effectively utilising the JASMINE P.E. scheme of work,
    • ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) training and update training for Teaching Assistants,
    • Teacher training in the effective use of VR (Virtual Reality) Headsets,
    • Teacher training for using Seesaw, J2E and Google Classroom learning platforms,
    • Training in effective pedagogy related to International Languages,
    • Action research undertaken by all staff based on the 12 pedagogical principals for effective teaching.
    • Training on 12 pedagogical principles: ‘What does a great teacher look like?’