A Supportive Learning Community
Milton Road is pleased to welcome new colleagues to our crew. We are very proud of our vision, values, curriculum and ethos, we value our colleagues and recognise that the educational practitioners, and essential support staff in our school community are one of our most important assets. We want all our colleagues to feel happy, healthy, supported and challenged to be the best that they can be. As a crew we work hard every day to ensure that our young citizens are at the heart of everything that we do and they have a positive and rewarding day.
Fundamental to this aim is ensuring that our colleagues receive all the necessary support and ongoing professional development. We aim to create the optimal balance where colleagues feel psychologically safe and able to bring their expertise, knowledge, ideas, artistry, solutions and creativity to their work (individual autonomy), but at the same time feel secure in the policies, procedures, systems, routines and high expectations that surround their role within the school. (professional alignment)
A Dialogic Learning Community
Milton Road is a Learning Community, we reflect on our work and iterate in the spirit of Kaizen - good and continuous improvement. Collectively we look for solutions and share our expertise. Through dialogue we identify optimal approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. Our practice is relational and research informed. Cognitive science and educational neuro-science informs our practice as does scientific research e.g. Education Endowment Fund.
Colleague Welfare and Well Being
Sadly many teachers, assistant teachers and other essential staff leave our profession due to the demands, stresses and workload of the education system. Many leave to secure alternative employment within the first five years after completing training. This attrition is a National and local concern. Teachers are the profession that create all others; society and individual schools need to do all we can to look after them and get the balance right between their professional responsibilities and their rights to a happy, rewarding work/leisure balance.
Culture and ethos along with other factors are key to creating the optimal rewarding environment for staff to work, learn and feel valued. We are very fortunate that the overwhelming majority of parents in our community are supportive, kind and appreciative of the work our colleagues do. However, in the unlikely event that anyone is disrespectful, impolite or discourteous, this will not be tolerated and a resolution will be sought immediately.
The school has created a Well-being Charter listing a number of elements that are important in our school.
This can be seen below.