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Throughout the implementation process, we reached out and collaborated with several local schools that were also using the MNP programme. That allowed us to discuss what was working and what wasn’t — we weren’t in our own echo chamber.
We had the opportunity to see what was successful in other schools, and to reflect on what was happening in our own school.
The Accredited School programme is a real win for MNP – schools that are starting out will know straight away that there’s a support network. I don’t think the implementation would have been so successful if we had been isolated.
When we began using MNP, the senior leadership team committed to sending anyone using the textbooks to MNP training (ideally with Ban Har). Teachers received the three-day in-depth training in October, eight weeks after starting out with the workbooks and textbooks.
After this, we reflected as a leadership team. What had our team learnt from that training? What changes did we need to make in our pedagogy? From there, we gave teachers time to implement training, and gauge the impact it made.
As a school, we committed to regular internal CPD sessions once a week. We were able do this by fitting sessions in during curriculum time – usually during assembly or independent reading – so it didn’t impact teachers’ time off.
It’s an opportunity for us to focus on teaching topics in-depth and encourage high levels of professional dialogue. It was extremely powerful and I would recommend all schools try it.
I love the way the lesson guides are broken down into key headings: misconceptions, formative assessment, variations.
Outlining the purpose of each question and how it relates to the next is really helpful. They help create a greater awareness of what we realistically want children to achieve within sessions.
Beyond maths, MNP lesson guides have even informed our planning in other subjects like English.
Our staff are so enthusiastic about this process. Now, they’re able to simply think about how they’re going to teach the lessons – rather than what to do next for any given lesson.
Plus, teachers have the space they need to reflect on topics they find challenging, focus on issues in depth and engage in high levels of professional dialogue.
And it’s not just the textbooks and workbooks that’s helped us get there. It’s everything else that comes with it that really matters: the CPD, events with leaders in education and a deep understanding of the ethos of mastery teaching. We really value that.
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