Why we start with specialist teachers
Why have subject teachers starting from Year 1 and not a class teacher? Mark Laffeaty of Downham Preparatory School and Montessori Nursery explains
Some schools have a teacher who teaches their class for all of their lessons, occasionally with the addition of a peripatetic music teacher or a sports coach. But at Downham, from Year 1 we have teachers who specialise in their subject. We believe they have greater knowledge, enthusiasm and a passion for the subject which is evident in the quality of their teaching.
We have a staff meeting every week and we discuss the children and any problems they may have; academic, social or medical. The contribution and different areas of expertise of all the staff, is extremely valuable when planning an intervention.
Every member of staff knows all of the children and works closely in a team to resolve any issues. Teachers supervise the children at playtimes and it is very important that they should know them all well.
If we agree that a child needs additional help, all the staff who teach the child will help to write a support plan. Equally if a child is academically gifted, we ensure that all teachers set them challenges that are suited to their ability.
A child who does not receive help and appropriate support will often become naughty. A very bright child who is not challenged and given interesting tasks, will become bored and often behave in a disruptive manner. By ensuring that all teachers have an in-depth knowledge of how to help each child, no matter what their strengths and weaknesses are, we make sure that every child reaches their maximum potential.
This content was supplied by Downham Preparatory School and Montessori Nursery.
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