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21/06/24

Excitement is building for the HAWI election! Today candidates have campaigned for the prestigious title of ‘Principal for the day’. All students will be voting on Tuesday 2nd for the political party that they think has the best policies for HAWI. 🗓️🗳️ pic.twitter.com/mB8JYIPLak

13/06/24

Our Year 12 Politics class enjoyed a great trip to the Houses of Parliament. With MPs away, they were able to visit both chambers and then took part in a workshop applying their knowledge from their A-level studies to the passage of a new law. pic.twitter.com/GKaMkyGfyt

11/06/24

Amazing work from our students today who have been working hard to represent their houses in our first ever HAWIVision! It took a huge amount of bravery to stand up in front of a large audience and sing.Well done for the amazing performances! pic.twitter.com/bGchXp2ffn

10/06/24

We were lucky enough to receive Cliff McNish today, author of ‘Doomspell’ and ‘Breathe’. He talked about the motivation behind his novels, the importance of reading and engaged the students in inspiring Ghost Story workshop. The students loved it! pic.twitter.com/q6yBDFBdT8

24/05/24

After a week focused on exams, we paused revision today for a formal Leavers ceremony. Year 11 students had the opportunity to hear from their house tutors and sign shirts. Year 11 have grown into wonderful people and we can't wait to see what the future holds for them! pic.twitter.com/w32BKvF9GN

17/05/24

HAWI celebrates Mental Health Awareness Week!The theme of is year is ‘Movement!’ The assemblies and inspiring talks heard this week focussed on the importance of movement. Today is our “Wear it Green” day! Students wore an item of green to raise awareness about Mental Health. pic.twitter.com/ftZudA0rTz

22/04/24

Y12students embarked on the 'Take The Lead' programme this year, a unique collaboration between schools, businesses, and the expertise of The Old Vic Theatre. They've gained invaluable insights into navigating life after school & the future work world.💼 #FutureReady pic.twitter.com/rE13l4Hu36

19/04/24

Exciting news! Starting April 22nd, join our new extra-curricular club run by 'Rise Up' 🌟. Dive deep into Black History, focusing on Black British heritage, culture, dreams, & social action. A space to learn, grow, and make a difference. Don't miss out! pic.twitter.com/HlMhTSt4S6

17/04/24

Dive into the worlds of The Arts and Crafts Movement and Impressionism this Autumn term, crafting stunning clay tiles.🎨 Remember to collect your masterpiece before term ends, or they'll be part of our Easter recycling. Don't miss out! pic.twitter.com/OGBpvYprMG

15/04/24

Huge shout out to our Year 11 Netball team for smashing their way to the FINALS with a spectacular 27-3 win over Harris Crystal Palace! 🎉 Their dedication and hard work in training have truly paid off. Let's rally behind them as they aim for the top spot in the finals! 🏐 pic.twitter.com/0LCDDuyoDM

28/03/24

Today marks the end of the term, but the beginning of a well-deserved break! 🌟 Wishing all our students a fantastic holiday. Rest, recharge, and get ready to leap into a new term filled with more learning and adventures on April 15th. See you then!

28/03/24

Year 12 have been honing their life drawing skills in collaboration with King's School this week, showcasing incredible observations and techniques. Kudos to all who attended! 🎨 We're proud of our talented students and excited to support their ongoing development! pic.twitter.com/454TvNnVCo

27/03/24

Massive applause for our Maths Challenge Team! 🌟 Showcasing incredible teamwork and resilience, they stood out with two Year 11s, finishing in the top third of the toughest round. Here's to their brilliant success and looking forward to next year. WELL DONE!!! pic.twitter.com/mMFPYzkGZq

26/03/24

Our HAWI Cadets shone at Pirbright, acing their Weapon Handling test with unparalleled dedication & skill. 🌟 Their conduct and resilience earned high praise, setting a solid foundation for summer camp. Proud of their growth and commitment! pic.twitter.com/cTXiRXa2gl

25/03/24

Standing ovation for our students & team for an incredible Oliver production! 🎭✨ Their talent, hard work, and dedication brought the story to life. I was an amazing performance. Bravo to all involved! pic.twitter.com/m9jycaRsbv

22/03/24

Huge applause for Dominika, Sienna, Deniel, and Andre on their amazing iStopMotion animation this term! 🌟🎥 Their creativity knows no bounds. Check it out. pic.twitter.com/eCUdXpMXvc

22/03/24

🏑🏐 Our HAWI athletes shining! The hockey team showed incredible skill at Raynes Park, gearing up for the London Hockey Tier 3 finals. Meanwhile, our Year 8 girls clinched a thrilling 14-13 netball victory against Harris Chafford Hundred, propelling them to the semi-finals! 🌟 pic.twitter.com/5hJMpF8utj

21/03/24

Final Gym session of the academic year for our year 11s. Thank you Nuffield Health Merton Abbey for exposing our students to the health and social benefits of leisure centres delivering weekly fitness and gym floor sessions pic.twitter.com/Vqu2TRIg3x

21/03/24

On Mar 11, our Y7 & Y8 music students shined at the Royal Albert Hall with 1,500 peers for the Merton Music Foundation's Change is Coming Concert 🎶🌟. An incredible achievement & experience, showcasing their outstanding talent! pic.twitter.com/hN4xuFNA9E

20/03/24

Final Gym session of the academic year for our year 11s. Thank you Nuffield Health Merton Abbey for exposing our students to the health and social benefits of leisure centres delivering weekly fitness and gym floor sessions pic.twitter.com/Vqu2TRIg3x

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Teacher Development

This page will briefly outline how teacher development is organised within the academy, so that parents, visitors, and prospective teachers and teaching assistants (TAs) can better understand how staff continue to improve in their practice.

Our Vision

Harris Academy Wimbledon’s founding principle is ‘Make a Difference’. To help teachers and TAs make a difference to the lives of those educated in our school, we place great importance on teacher development. In this way we maintain excellent teaching, learning and leadership at the academy.

Pathways

We provide high quality professional development pathways which nurture exceptional teachers and TAs so that our students can achieve their potential. Teacher development is grouped into five pathways which overlap depending on the requirements of the teacher or TA.

Pathway

Who is it for?

How often?

What does it include?

Pathway 1: Instructional coaching

All teachers

Weekly

  • Peer-to-peer coaching using Step Lab
  • Weekly practice on a Monday Morning
  • Additional practice for beginner teachers (see below)

Pathway 2: Directed Time and Inset

All teachers and TAs

Bi-weekly

  • Instructional coaching focusing on key academy priorities run by our ‘expert coaches’
  • Training run by external providers for example Merton Council
  • Includes training on personal development in addition to classroom practice
  • Harris Federation conferences

Pathway 3: Beginner Teacher training

ITT Teachers

Early Career Teachers

Weekly

Pathway 4: Subject-Specific CPD

All teachers and TAs

Bi-weekly

  • Subject specific CPD held in department meetings on Monday afternoons
  • Responsive to department priorities
  • Steers provided by leadership

Pathway 5: Formal certification/ accreditation

Selected teachers and TAs

Ongoing

 

Below you will see how these pathways might overlap for three example teachers:

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Instructional Coaching

The premise that underpins instructional coaching is that the key to great teaching is not in-born talent, but practice. Therefore, using Step Lab, time is set aside each week for teachers to engage in high quality practice:

  • All staff are partnered up with a ‘collaborating peer’
  • Once every fortnight collaborative peers will conduct a drop-in visit focusing on a specific technique identified from the Step Lab action steps (or other technique were appropriate)
  • Feedback will be provided verbally and documented using the Step Lab app

Academy Priorities

Teaching is a responsive profession, and like a teacher responding to the needs of learners as they unfold in a lesson, teacher development responds to priorities as they emerge over the course of the year. A such, time is set aside each term to lead teacher development focusing on emerging priorities, for example embedding high quality oracy in lessons, or supporting those with a special educational need.

However, we have identified six academy priorities which we map across the academic year. These align with our Teaching and Learning Policy and inform instructional coaching and Inset across the year.

Autumn 1: Conditions for Learning; techniques which ensure the classroom environment is positive and focused

Autumn 2: Explanation; strategies that help teachers to explain powerful academic knowledge clearly to students

Spring 1: Checking for understanding; techniques which help teachers to gather accurate data on what students do and don’t know in any given lesson or sequence of lessons

Spring 2: Modelling and worked examples; techniques which enable teachers to model great work so that students can achieve ambitious outcomes 

Summer 1: Practice and discourse; techniques which enable teachers to plan lessons which prioritise practice

Summer 2: Support; techniques which will ensure teachers put in place support for specific students or groups of students, for example those with a SEND