Professional Development

A true Learning Community needs many leaders, and Viscount is developing some powerful leadership. Curriculum leadership and Professional Development are of a high standard

Literacy has been a special focus. We are proud of the development of effective programmes evidenced by the improvements in student achievement. We attribute this growth to high levels of teacher expertise in reading, reached through long, deep and continuous professional development. This growth in teachers' skill levels has led to new attitudes to learning and a desire to be learners alongside students.

At every class level, students' average reading age match their chronological age, and in years 6/7/8 students reading at or above their chronologcal age now number in excess of 60% - strong evidence that good provision of reading teaching raises achievement. In every reading survey taken since 2000, Maori students' average reading age was superior, or at least equivalent to that of other students in the school.

“It is what teachers know, do and care about which is very powerful in this learning equation.”

“The answer lies in the person who gently closes the classroom door and performs the teaching act - the person who puts into place the end effects of so many policies, who interprets these policies and who is alone with students during their 15,000 hours of school. I therefore, suggest that we should focus on the greatest source of variance that can make the difference - the teacher. We need to ensure that this greatest influence is optimised to have powerful and sensationallly positive effects.”