Clarity in your first classroom programme

Upskill your provisionally certificated teachers and their mentors in assessment for learning.

We are offering a two-year professional learning programme for provisionally certificated teachers (PCTs) and their mentors. We’ve called our programme ‘Clarity in your first classroom’. Why? Because when teachers new to the profession are clear about what their ākonga are learning, why and how they are learning it, how the learning is going, and what to do next - great things happen. 

We know that you are committed to improving your team’s capability so that they can make the biggest difference for your ākonga. That’s why ‘Clarity in your first classroom’ is right for your staff. 

How the programme works 

Assessment for learning is the backbone of effective classroom practice. ‘Clarity in your first classroom’ is a two-year blended professional learning opportunity. Our programme isn’t just about self-review or reflective practice. Instead, we support both the PCT and the mentor to build new knowledge, test out it in their practice, and get feedback from the facilitator along the way.  

We support the PCTs to develop the six assessment for learning capabilities outlined in Michael Absolum’s Clarity in the Classroom.

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They do this through a combination of a facilitated online course and loads of small group and one-to-one discussions, all supported by one of our most experienced assessment for learning consultants. Mentors can also engage in the online course. However, the mentor’s main learning in ‘Clarity in your first classroom’ is how to effectively mentor to improve student outcomes. Our facilitators will work with groups of mentors from a range of schools to build and enhance their mentoring capability.  

We’ve planned ‘Clarity in your first classroom’ to start in Term Two with a one-day face-to-face event where PCTs from a range of schools work together, supported by their mentors and your facilitator. Then we move into a regular cycle of learning that is manageable. 

Programme overview

Build assessment for learning capability - face to face sessions with other PCTs and mentors, engage in AfL online course, online group discussions. Set PCTs and mentors up for success - personalised support, PLGs with other PCTs and mentors, support to improve mentoring.

Why we developed ‘Clarity in your first classroom’ 

We know that teachers who feel supported in the first few years are more likely to stay in the profession. A range of school leaders across Aotearoa New Zealand have shared their growing concerns about PCTs variability of understanding and application of assessment for learning. As consultants, we work with many PCTs across the country who tell us that they left their initial teacher training feeling ill-prepared to embed assessment for learning. That’s where we can help.

What is the commitment?

PCTs need to commit between 22 – 30 hours each year. This covers their face-to-face events, small online discussion groups, professional learning groups, and completing the assessment for learning online course. ‘Clarity in your first classroom’ would supplement your in-school PCT programme. Mentors would expect between 10 – 30 hours, depending on whether they engage in the assessment for learning online course. 

The cost per PCT per annum is $1200 + GST. 

The cost per mentor per annum is $679 + GST.  

Next steps 

We want a group of 10 – 15 PCTs and their mentors to start in Term Two 2022. If you’re ready to get set up, it’s easy. Register for the pilot programme in either South Canterbury or Wellington using the buttons below.

Wellington programme starting in Term Two 2022

Wellington programme starting in Term Two 2022

South Canterbury programme starting in Term Two 2022

South Canterbury programme starting in Term Two 2022

We will send you a contract for this exciting programme covering a two-year commitment.  

If you have MOE PLD hours in assessment for learning yet to be allocated, you could use some of those hours to access the ‘Clarity in your first classroom’ programme. Talk with us about how to do that. 

Contact Margaret Hesketh to learn more about this programme

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