Breaking down borders in CPD

Four years ago, Eyemouth High launched a lesson-evaluation toolkit with the aim of empowering its staff to develop their own practice. Since then the Scottish Borders school has built an award-winning culture of professional development – proving that CPD can be a powerful force in the battle to close the attainment gap. Emma Seith discovers how staff sharing best practice has raised standards at the school – with English children now flocking across the border to attend

Breaking down borders in CPD

It is one of the accepted norms of classroom etiquette – if you want to answer a question during a lesson, you put your hand up.

But this isn’t the case at Eyemouth High, a secondary school of around 450 pupils in the south-east of Scotland, just a few miles from the border with England. It “just isn’t really done”, explains principal teacher of English Kelly Fairbairn.

Instead, when it comes to answering questions, the teachers select the student they want to answer by name or by using lollipop sticks drawn at random. The school has also embraced the idea of using miniature whiteboards, so ...

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