Justin Delap

Quality assurance: why peer coaching works

When leadership is too hands-on with quality assurance, it ends up stifling teachers’ development, writes Justin Delap

Why peer-coaching works better than a top-down approach to teacher development

School leaders will often look to appoint members of staff whom they can “mould”. In these situations, quality assurance processes work like a metaphorical pasta machine: reshaping the existing teacher into someone who is just the right fit for the school.

But there is a flaw in this plan. In the kitchen, overworked dough contracts and will not rise properly. I believe the same is true for teachers: if leaders are too “hands on” in their approaches to quality assurance, they can damage the end product.

So, what’s the solution?

Over recent years, I have tried to improve teaching and ...

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