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Teacher Standard 8 states that teachers should fulfil wider professional responsibilities. It is split into five sub-standards.

a. Make positive contribution to the wider life and ethos of the school

b. Develop effective professional relationships with colleagues, knowing how and when to draw on advice and specialist support

c. Deploy support staff effectively

d. Take responsibility for improving teaching through appropriate professional development, responding to advice and feedback from colleagues

e. Communicate effectively with parents with regard to pupils' achievements and well-being

What this standard is assessing

You are proactive in seeking out opportunities to contribute in a significant way to the wider life and ethos of the school. You build strong professional relationships and demonstrate that you are able to work collaboratively with colleagues on a regular basis. You take responsibility for deploying support staff in their lessons and for seeking advice from relevant professionals in relation to pupils with individual needs. You deliberately seek out opportunities to develop their own professional learning and respond positively to all the feedback you receive. You communicate very effectively, both verbally and in writing, with parents and carers in relation to pupils’ achievements and well-being when required to do so formally, but are also proactive in communicating in relation to individual pupils’ emergent needs.

Examples of evidence to demonstrate progress meeting standard

  • Organisation lunch time/after school activity

  • Contribution to staff meetings

  • Makes suggestions for other opportunities e.g. trips, school visits

  • NQT seeks support or advice and is prepared to act on it

  • How NQT uses teaching assistants, students associates and parents in the classroom

  • Teaching assistant shows a good understanding of their role and what is expected of them in advance of lesson starting

  • Engagement with their own CPD and taking responsibility for their own learning

  • NQT engages positively with parents/carers at start and end of the school day (primary)

  • Contacting home when appropriate via phone, written reports

  • Demonstrates can talk to parents/carers effectively

Sources of evidence

  • Lesson plans

  • Observation in the classroom

  • Observation in the wider school environment

  • Review sessions with induction tutor Feedback from teaching assistants

  • Feedback from other teachers

  • Witness statements from Mentor or member of SLT

  • Copies of registers for clubs

  • Copies of emails where advice has been sought

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