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    We pride ourselves on being a welcoming school which puts staff development at the heart of what we do. At the core of staff development is a focus on improving our teaching and learning. New members of staff will be invited to spend time at JRCS to learn about the school and how we strive to achieve ‘Success for All’. They will also be invited to our annual team building weekend at the Trewern Centre in the beautiful countryside near Hay-on-Wye. Below, explore how our current staff are ensuring that teaching and learning remains our top priority.

    We pride ourselves on being a welcoming school which puts staff development at the heart of what we do. At the core of staff development is a focus on improving our teaching and learning. New members of staff will be invited to spend time at JRCS to learn about the school and how we strive to achieve ‘Success for All’. They will also be invited to our annual team building weekend at the Trewern Centre in the beautiful countryside near Hay-on-Wye. Below, explore how our current staff are ensuring that teaching and learning remains our top priority.

    Teaching and Learning at JRCS

    Underpinning all our work at JRCS is a relentless commitment to improving the quality of teaching and learning. We expect students at JRCS to commit to lifelong learning, to be reflective and to approach challenge with a growth mindset. We know that, to achieve this, we must also demonstrate these qualities as staff. Below is an introduction to how we strive for ever improving teaching and learning at JRCS.

    CPD

    The vast majority of CPD at JRCS is focused on improving the quality of our teaching and learning, in line with whole school and departmental development priorities. CPD at JRCS comes in many forms: our programme of twilight CPD sessions, high quality external courses and the ongoing financial support we offer to staff who want to continue to study towards an MA in education.

    NQT Induction Programme

    At JRCS we are committed to support Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) in their continuing professional development (CPD). There are dozens of former NQTs still working at JRCS and we are proud that over 40% of the school’s middle leaders are former JRCS NQTs.

    Train to Teach at JRCS

    Jo Richardson is a good school with outstanding leadership. In partnership with other local schools we offer you a fantastic school based opportunity to train in a supportive and aspirational environment. Our staff are excellent practitioners with outstanding behaviour management skills and eager to support and train the next generation of teachers.

    Learning to Fly

    Teaching and Learning is at the heart of what we do at JRCS and we want to share the innovative and exciting work our staff do with colleagues, students, parents and visitors to JRCS. To do this we launched ‘Learning to Fly’, our in house teaching and learning magazine, in March 2015.

    Teaching and Learning Group

    One of the barriers to improving the quality of teaching and learning is a lack of time to share good practice, develop ideas and reflect on our teaching. One of the ways we have overcome this at JRCS is through our very successful JRCS Teaching and Learning Group. We meet every half term and typically spend half the session sharing good practice and the other half looking at an area of whole school development around teaching and learning. Recently T&L Group members led very successful whole school CPD workshops. All staff are welcome – come along!