Visions & Values

 

NEWCASTLE ACADEMY: QUALITY FIRST PROVISION

Our Vision

At Newcastle Academy, every student has a right to a quality first education and every teacher is expected to teach quality first lessons. Teaching and learning is at the heart of what we do; ensuring that all students make progress; equipped with the knowledge and skills to reach their full potential. All staff are encouraged and trained to become outstanding in their field; given the necessary training and opportunities to excel in the workplace. A varied and engaging curriculum enables all, not just to learn in lessons, but also to learn for life. Newcastle Academy is an environment where students and staff are valued, encouraged, celebrated and together we really do make a difference.

THE IMPLEMENTATION OF OUR VISION

QUALITY FIRST TEACHING

We have 7 Quality First Teaching principles which shape what we expect to see in every lesson:
• Highly focused lesson planning with sharp objectives linked to outcomes
• High demands of pupil involvement and engagement with their learning
• High levels of interaction of all pupils
• Appropriate use of Questioning, modelling, scaffolding and explaining
• An emphasis on learning through dialogue, with regular opportunities for classroom talk, feedback and assessment
• An expectation that pupils will accept responsibility for their own learning and work independently
• Regular use of encouragement and authentic praise to engage and motivate pupils

QUALITY FIRST EDUCATION

Teaching and Learning is quality assured in a variety of ways:
• Weekly informal learning walks
• Fortnightly work scrutinies
• Formal half-termly learning walks
• An annual Faculty Review
• External/Trust Reviews
• Faculty data reviews
The QA processes in place ensure rigorous monitoring of the quality of education we provide to our students. It also allows us to judge progress, assess training needs and to celebrate the strengths in our academy.

QUALITY FIRST INCLUSION

At Newcastle Academy we believe that a safe, calm, orderly and positive environment allows the greatest opportunity to achieve positive outcomes. We support students to have positive attitudes, respect for all in the Academy community and to be resilient to setbacks. Our clear aspiration is that every student becomes a responsible, respectful and active citizen who can and does take an active part in public life as an adult. The Academy believe in going ‘the extra mile’ to promote all aspects of personal development that will ultimately achieve this.

QUALITY FIRST CPD

Our aim is to ensure that CPD is bespoke: focusing on the needs of the individual. Throughout the academic year our staff will experience a range of scheduled training sessions based on individual needs, QA findings and whole academy priorities:
• Individualised Induction process
• 4 INSET days (3 at Newcastle Academy and 1 at Trust Academy)
• Bespoke Teaching and Learning sessions throughout the year
• Faculty and Pastoral CPD
• Opportunities to become part of a focus group
• External training to address Academy priorities

QUALITY FIRST TEACHERS

At Newcastle Academy teachers are expected to, and continue to strive to, teach highly effective, quality first lessons; therefore, reflecting on current practice and actively seeking professional development is an expectation for all. All teachers have a reflection log, which is completed regularly; all teachers are encouraged to visit others lessons; all teachers are expected to engage with, contribute and lead during CPD sessions.