"Walk through any classroom door and you know the atmosphere is academic. Every child is involved, there is silent concentration, there is excitement and there is dedication which clearly says, "School is for studies". This is teaching as it should be."
How is it done? The teachers are invariably passionate about their subjects. They have the highest possible expectations of every child. They are experts in the craft of the classroom. Teaching excellence is Collegiate Schools' key goal.
Asked to describe what it's like to teach at Collegiate Schools, one of our faculty members puts it this way: "Collegiate is a 'prep' school. We prepare you for moments when you begin to catch on to your real interests, maybe even your passion. We prepare you for moments when you begin to understand the part you will play in the world."
We look for teachers who are enthusiastic about learning, experts in their subject areas, and genuinely excited about working with adolescents. All of our faculty members have degrees in their primary teaching area, and majority hold post graduate degrees. To their classrooms, Collegiate School teachers bring infectious energy and enthusiasm. Styles vary. In one history classroom, a teacher might lead the discussion in lecture format, while in the next, another might organize small groups of students to work collaboratively to prepare an argument. In science class, a lab might be completed in a traditional laboratory setting, or the teacher might take students outside to study the coefficient of friction by sliding a ball down one a ramp in the school.
Most of all, our teachers are role models for the practice that learning never ends, can take place in leaps and bounds as well as in small increments, and can happen in a variety of settings. More than teachers, they are students' advisors, coaches, and constant sources of support. They are avid about everything from societal service and environment to reading and cooking. Students and teachers come together every day in classes, the activity halls, all-school meetings, and in countless person-to-person exchanges.
Collegiate Schools corporate office employs a team of Education Officers to work with Principals and teachers to raise standards in our schools. It is their job to ensure that the school understands corporate initiatives and decisions and, what is equally important, that our Chief Education Officer and Governing Body have continual information about the performance of individual schools. Our aim is to reward success and to solve any difficulties before they escalate into serious problems.
Every summer, we scrutinise the test and examination results achieved by each school. Every alternate year, we conduct an internal review of each school because we do not believe that external inspection is either frequent or rigorous enough to guarantee the standards we expect.
Perhaps the most important aspect of this strategy to assure quality is, however, the regular appraisal of our Principals. We believe that our senior managers are crucial to the success of their school and that we need, therefore, to engage them in an ongoing dialogue about their leadership and achievements.
Our Principals do not sit in their offices shuffling the paperwork. Most of their time is spent in the classrooms and corridors of their schools. We want them to have their finger on the pulse of what is happening in each and every classroom. Their core responsibility is to deliver a system of performance management which ensures that every teacher is observed teaching regularly. Following each lesson observation, the teacher will meet with the senior colleague who has observed them to discuss any professional development needs which have been identified.
Majority of our teachers are Post Graduates, much more than the basic qualification mandated by the regulatory authorities in India. Others Graduates in subject areas like Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, English. One of the great advantages of Collegiate Schools is that teachers from one school can learn from expert practitioners in another. We have ambitious plans to develop these professional conversations in a more systematic and rigorous way.
We know what is happening in our schools. We expect our Principals to know what is happening in their classrooms. We do everything in our power to support Collegiate School teachers in their quest to hone their professional skills. This is why our test and examination results improve from year to year and our schools receive consistently good judgements when they are visited by external inspectors.
Collegiate Schools Awards for Excellence, a celebration of outstanding teaching within our family of schools recognises and rewards our very best teachers, those individuals who consistently demonstrate the highest standards of teaching and whose skills, both inside and outside of the classroom, are an exemplar of teaching excellence and an inspiration to others.
Teachers may be nominated in one of the following five categories:
Nominated Teachers are expected to demonstrate the following qualities: