The Great Teaching Toolkit: School/college access

An investment in teachers, for the benefit of students.

ONLINE CPD

11 courses

student surveys

online community

less than £200 p/person

What is the Great Teaching Toolkit?

The Toolkit is the vision of Prof Rob Coe, made possible with the dedication and support of many colleagues, teachers and students.

Raise the quality of teaching at your school or college with an evidence-based curriculum for teacher learning, courses to enhance specific elements of Great Teaching practice, and tools and instruments to provide feedback for professional development over time.

The Great Teaching Toolkit: Leaders

At the heart of the Toolkit is our Model for Great Teaching – the things teachers know, do and believe that research has shown to make the biggest difference to student learning. It can be thought of as a curriculum for teacher learning.

The Great Teaching Toolkit: Leaders

Aligned to the model are teacher courses and leader programmes focused on improving specific elements of Great Teaching (e.g., structuring, questioning, explaining).

The Great Teaching Toolkit: Leaders

Toolkit instruments provide feedback to teachers on their practice and development. These too are related to the dimensions and elements found in the Model for Great Teaching.

A focus on great teaching – in every lesson, from every teacher – is our most powerful lever for driving improvement.

Use the Great Teaching Toolkit to:

  • Develop teacher practice in areas and ways that are most likely to improve outcomes for students.
  • Give students a voice in teaching and learning.
  • Create a culture for the continuous improvement of teaching practice.
  • Provide additional insights into teaching practice in your school.
  • Personalise professional development for individual teachers.
  • Help develop and retain staff.
  • Highlight areas of Great Teaching in your school.
  • Generate insights to better understand the school environment.
  • Enhance the quality of teaching as part of your school improvement strategy.
  • Create communities of practice, common professional language and a shared structure for Great Teaching.

Developing Great Teaching

The Toolkit includes teacher courses and lead programmes which relate directly to dimensions and elements of the Model for Great Teaching. Delivered online, our courses and programmes incorporate opportunities for collaboration with colleagues, as well as activities to plan, implement and evaluate pedagogical approaches in your context.

The foundation

All teachers should complete the Toolkit Foundation course: An evidence-based approach to great teaching. It serves as an orientation to the Toolkit and covers core concepts at the heart of the Model for Great Teaching.

For teachers:

A selection of courses enable teachers to connect the most up-to-date research evidence on learning to practical classroom approaches, and then select and adapt individual teaching strategies to hone and use in their own practice.

Each course consists of an eight-week study period, followed by an implementation cycle.

  • Creating a supportive environment
  • Maximising opportunity to learn
  • Embedding
  • Explaining
  • Interacting
  • Questioning
  • Structuring

For more information about the courses, click here!

For leaders:

Lead programmes cover specialist areas, each aligned to the Model for Great Teaching. Programmes provide a grounding in research evidence and then equip you to lead improvement to policy and practice in the following areas:

  • Behaviour and Culture Programme
  • Science of Learning Programme
  • Assessment Lead Programme

For more information about the courses, click here!

Personalise professional development

The instruments in the Toolkit take the form of student surveys. Designed by Prof Rob Coe and trialled in schools, these instruments are easy to administer and give teachers accessible and actionable feedback about their practice.

Students respond to questions relating to their classroom experiences in each of the four dimensions from the Model for Great Teaching.

The Great Teaching Toolkit: Leaders

The surveys give students a voice in teaching and learning and the feedback they generate can be a powerful tool for teacher learning – offering additional insight that allows teachers and leaders to personalise professional development.

When teachers themselves make the decision about what it is that they wish to prioritise for their own professional development, they are more likely to make it work.”

Dylan Wiliam

Information you can act on

  • Teachers receive the responses of their class(es) with comparator information, so they can see how their students’ perceptions compare with those of similar students taught by other teachers. This informs their development over time, guiding choices about areas for focus and improvement.
  • Leaders receive a summary, at school level, of how students’ perceptions in each dimension compare to those in other schools. This informs the professional development priorities – and provides additional insight into where Great Teaching already exists!

Download the Great Teaching Toolkit information pack for further details on the Toolkit courses, feedback instruments, goal-setting tools and implementation guidance.

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Cost

Personalised professional development for all your staff, each year!

Every account with a GTT subscription has access to all of the courses, tools, community and features!

Bundles are priced per school. For group bookings please get in touch.

Bundle Staff accounts Price
S 10 £1,999
M 20 £2,999
L 50 £3,999
XL 100 £4,999
XXL 101+ £6,999

The Toolkit runs as a subscription, billed on an annual basis.

What is included in the Toolkit?

The Great Teaching Toolkit: Leaders

Assessment Lead Programme

The Great Teaching Toolkit: Leaders

Science of Learning Programme

The Great Teaching Toolkit: Leaders

Behaviour and Culture Programme

The Great Teaching Toolkit: Leaders

Creating a supportive environment

The Great Teaching Toolkit: Leaders

Maximising opportunity to learn

The Great Teaching Toolkit: Leaders

Structuring

The Great Teaching Toolkit: Leaders

Explaining

The Great Teaching Toolkit: Leaders

Questioning

The Great Teaching Toolkit: Leaders

Interacting

The Great Teaching Toolkit: Leaders

Embedding

The Great Teaching Toolkit: Leaders

An evidence-based approach to Great Teaching

The Great Teaching Toolkit: Leaders

Toolkit Instruments

Case Studies

The Great Teaching Toolkit at Heworth Grange

Heworth Grange is a secondary school in the North East of England, committed to giving every student equal opportunities to succeed, regardless of their background. Deputy Head, James Hulse, spoke to us about how the Great Teaching Toolkit is utilised as part of the school’s professional development offer. The Great Teaching Toolkit is a new […]

Professional development at St Aidan’s school: perspectives on the Great Teaching Toolkit

Anne-Marie Whitten, the Great Teaching Toolkit coordinator at St Aidan’s Catholic Academy, spoke to us about how they are implementing the Great Teaching Toolkit into their professional development plan. St Aidan’s has approximately 850 boys on roll, aged 11-18, and started using the Great Teaching Toolkit when the Bishop Chadwick Trust they belong to subscribed […]

How does the Great Teaching Toolkit fit into your CPD plans as a school?

Claire Temple, Headteacher at Sandbrook Primary School, spoke to us about why she chose the Great Teaching Toolkit as part of her CPD plans. Sandbrook Primary School were one of the first schools to enrol on the Great Teaching Toolkit, which launched in September 2021. We asked Claire how the Great Teaching Toolkit fit into […]

 



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