Since September 2014 we have embraced a new teaching structure model at Woodside. Many classes now have two teachers who are both present in class throughout each school day, offering a teacher to student ratio of 1:15 which is lower, and therefore better, than national standards.
In the afternoon lessons, teachers will be focusing on teaching small groups which will help to accelerate progress. By tailoring learning to each pupil’s needs, we will be able to address the development needs that are specific to groups such as:
- Pupil premium pupils
- More able pupils
- Pupils with results below the national average
- Pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
- Pupils with progress below the national average
These groups will be regularly reviewed to ensure that each pupil is getting the most out of their learning.
The aim is for all pupils to leave Woodside having achieved their full potential, regardless of any specific needs they may have or their socio-economic background. Our new teaching structure delivers the capacity to ensure that all pupils will achieve this Woodside ethos.
Newly Qualified Teachers
Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) training is integral to the learning ethos at Woodside. Each NQT receives a personalised programme of team teaching, which consists of at least three targets to develop within the team teaching session. Team teaching takes place weekly at the beginning of the induction process, moving to fortnightly when appropriate.
Each NQT has a mentor who they have weekly meetings with, and a year group leader to support them with any day-to-day issues they encounter.
Fortnightly meetings ensure that the NQTs share good practise, and build on developing their skills and knowledge.
To find out more about our teaching team, please click into the documents below.