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A key and consistent finding from international research into educational effectiveness is that pupil achievement is influenced most by classroom-level activity and by what teachers do in classrooms. Unfortunately the practical realities of running a school can mean that not enough attention is paid to the classroom level. School administrators and leaders can spend most of their time on operational and administrative matters.
This guide focuses on classroom-level activity, providing support and guidance to Cambridge schools that want to improve the quality of teaching and learning. It is designed to complement Implementing the curriculum with Cambridge: A guide for school leaders and other Cambridge resources.
You can download the entire guide or individual chapters using the links below.
Developing your school with Cambridge - A guide for school leaders (PDF, 2MB)
The introduction sets out the context of the guide, identifying its audience, aim, purpose and focus. It also discusses the challenge of professional change and leadership, and explains how we approach the setting of international standards.
Developing your school with Cambridge - chapter 1
Creating the school development plan
As well as providing an overview of school development planning, this section makes a link between the application and initial planning that a school completes in order to register with Cambridge, and ongoing processes of quality assurance and school development.
Developing your school with Cambridge - chapter 2
Developing policies that support improvements in teaching and learning
It is important to have clear policy documents that define values, principles and practices to guide school evaluation and development.
Developing your school with Cambridge - chapter 3
Teaching Cambridge programmes
Improving teaching is the single most important intervention that a school can make to improve students’ learning and performance. This section considers ways of improving the quality of teaching and examines active learning, the most effective approach to delivering Cambridge programmes.
Developing your school with Cambridge - chapter 4
Improving student learning through assessment and feedback
Excellent schools give a great deal of attention to improving the quality of their assessment practices. This section looks at how schools can use assessment to support learning.
Developing your school with Cambridge - chapter 5
Teacher evaluation that focuses on accurate evidence of practice and supports improvement is central to teachers’ development. This section reviews evaluation processes, emphasising the importance of teachers’ reflective participation.
Developing your school with Cambridge - chapter 6
Planning and managing a whole-school professional development programme
We suggest principles schools need to think about as they plan their professional development activities. The focus of these should be on improving learning outcomes.
Developing your school with Cambridge - chapter 7
Working with us
We offer a range of support services and resources to schools working with us, including our Professional Development Qualifications. The section gives you an overview of the different types of support available and where you can find detailed information.
Developing your school with Cambridge - chapter 8