6 Domains - Deira International School

“Successfully embedding CPD in the daily life of schools would make
more difference than anything else to the quality of education.”
The key is to put training and teacher peer learning at the centre of school
life…the school becomes a place of learning for the staff as well as the students.”
Dylan Wiliam,
Emeritus Professor at the Institute of Education, London
The 6 Domains
of Teaching & Learning
Learning Objectives
 further contextualise CPD within the school
 set out the 6 Domains of Teaching & Learning
 clarify why and how we will focus on them this year
Success Criteria
I can…
 List the 6 Domains
 Explain why we are focusing on them
 See how the internal CPD workshops are organised (this week
and during terms 1 & 2)
“The key is to put training and teacher
peer learning at the centre of school life…”
strategic plans
(3) year/annual
Leader role
CPD & school
DIS’s professional development needs feature in the 2012-2015
Strategic Plan and yearly Action Plan - including CPD focus on:
 In-house voluntary CPD programme (led by teachers)
 Middle Management CPD programme
 Term 1 induction programme for new teachers
 Training support for Emirati teachers (Zayed University scheme)
 More training for teachers in the use
assessment for learning, feedback,
independent learning , differentiation
and critical thinking skills
 Appraisal System support
 Assessment data training (CEMS)
 Database for staff CPD records
 Logging of 30 hours of CPD and 2 lesson observations
 The 6 Domains of Teaching & Learning
Learning Challenges/Objectives & Success Criteria (AfL)
Challenge and Pace
Enquiry-based Learning
Questioning Techniques
Independent Learning
All of these topics have been on the DIS Strategic Plan since Jeff’s arrival.
Developing our understanding of these 6 Domains will enhance further
the quality of our classroom teaching and learning by helping to shift the
balance from teacher-centred to student-centred learning.
KHDA catalyst… February 2014
KHDA Lesson Observations
February 2014
“Where lessons lacked pace, students were passive and did
not take responsibility to move their learning forward but
waited to be led by the teacher.”
KHDA Inspection Handbook
show responsibility for their own learning
interact with each other and collaborate
apply learning to the real world
make connections between areas of learning
demonstrate high enquiry, research and critical thinking skills,
including use of technology
 Students are independent, reflective learners. They find things out from a
variety of different sources and use technology effectively to support
their learning. Critical thinking skills are an intrinsic part of learning.
 Most students find things out for themselves and use technology to
support their learning. Critical thinking skills are a common feature of
August INSET week
Repeat-content workshops will Domains 1-2-3 (initial workshop) will
be delivered to all staff during this week.
(‘Print screen’ of programme)
Follow-up workshops on Domains 1-2-3 will be run during the first
eight weeks of term as part of the internal CPD programme.
(‘Print screen’ of programme)
(‘Print screen’ of programme)
Domains 4-5-6: we move on to Domains 4-5-6 with initial
presentations during the whole school Inset day, 16th November.
Follow up workshops take place in the rest of term 1 and into term 2
(‘Print screen’ of programme)
Student-centred Learning: what is this?
for their own learning. It involves them in more decision-making
Student-centred learning puts more responsibility on the pupils
processes; they learn by doing, rather than just by listening and
studying theoretical things which are often not in context and
therefore ‘unreal’ to them.
Rogers 2008
We recognise that there is MUCH of this happening
already, but we still need more and KHDA are
certainly looking for and expecting more…
The 6 Domains of Teaching & Learning
 T & L Steering Group (+ a range of support people) who will be
presenting this week.
This is NOT about…
 Any of these Presenters “telling” others how to teach.
 Nor about these colleagues pretending to be “experts” in anything.
The 6 Domains of Teaching & Learning
It IS about…
 Sharing robust research done on behalf of us all.
 Collaborating to help drive the school forwards.
 Provoking thoughts that may result in some changes to our teaching
practices in recognition that “Shift Happens…”
Whilst we may feel we are doing much of this already, those KHDA
stats suggest we still need to be better and/or smarter at it…
Even those know plenty about any of
the topics in question can still sharpen
their practices further.
As such, please keep an open mind as
you attend these sessions and look for
the opportunity to pick up more tips.
6 Domains: what expectations?
KHDA inspectors have made it clear (in both verbal and written
feedback) that they wish to see more student-centred activity lessons.
As such:
 Staff to be asked to attend initial presentations this week
 Plus the follow-up workshops on the 6 Domains that run during
term’s 1 & 2 (= 6 workshops & 6 CPD hours logged).
 During inspection week itself, much less
‘teacher centred’ activity is anticipated.
6 Domains: M & E
All of the Monitoring & Evaluation conducted over the next two terms
will looking for evidence of the 6 Domains in the teaching and learning
around the school:
Departmental and Year Group monitoring
Let’s Share Walks
SLT Learning Walks
Lesson Observations
KHDA Inspection
SLT, HODs, Phase Leaders, HOYs will be looking for all staff to include
aspects of the 6 Domains into their planning and weekly teaching.
Whole School Opportunity
This is a wonderful opportunity for us all to
move DIS forward as a body of staff.
Yes, this will help greatly in our search to become an outstanding
school. But, fundamentally, this is NOT about inspection week…
….this is about us all being part of a learning community and seeking
to become ever-sharper classroom practioners.
Most importantly, the biggest winners here are the people who matter
most in our job:
Forever learning, forever achieving
Thank you for your attention...
Any comments or questions, please?
Why does this matter?
Robust research by the 21st Century Learning Initiative
concludes that school leavers need to be:
Flexible learners
Team players
Independent thinkers
Confident individuals
Creative and innovative
And concludes that…
Schools need to “provide learners both with a platform for
employability in the 21st century and with lifelong learning

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