Professional Development

The power of incremental coaching – improving teaching quality

Peter Matthews evaluates an approach to regular non-judgemental observation and feedback that has the power to enhance the quality and consistency of teaching and its impact on learning.
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A potent professional development strategy 

A crucial challenge for all schools is to refine the skills, and thereby the effectiveness, of their teachers. In the range of professional development strategies adopted by schools, a regular, incremental approach to observation and feedback, here termed ‘incremental coaching’, is claimed to be particularly effective in accelerating teacher development (Bambrick-Santoyo, 2012). This article examines the nature and efficacy of incremental coaching as implemented by some schools in England.

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